Seven propane advantages for builders
If the goal of your construction project is to create a beautiful, efficient, high-performance building, then powering up with propane could be one of the smartest choices you can make.
Consider these propane advantages for new construction – especially when compared to using electricity as a power source:
- Environmental performance – Propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy – primarily because more than 40 percent of the electricity used in the US is produced by coal-fired plants. Powering up with propane is so much better for the environment than electricity, in fact, that using it can earn your project points toward LEED certification (in LEED v4, commercial building projects can earn up to 28 points for propane installations, thanks mostly to its Energy and Atmosphere provisions).
- Efficiency – Propane-powered appliances are typically much more efficient than electric models of similar size and output. A tankless propane water heater, for example, can save up to 50 percent on energy costs compared to electric systems, according to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
- Versatility – Propane can power just about any appliance or home comfort system, providing energy for space heaters, water heaters, cooking rangers, clothes dryers, and even fireplaces – all from a single tank.
- Power protection – Having propane onsite makes installing backup power much more convenient and affordable – which makes your building much more marketable as a site prepared for increasingly common severe weather emergencies.
- Comfort – Energy-efficient propane furnaces heat air to a much higher temperature than electric heat pumps, making it easier to warm the home quickly and retain a comfortable temperature in colder weather – a big bonus Propane hearths, space heaters and lighting provide an inviting setting inside and outside the home – a key selling point for building owners.
- Safety – Propane is stored and transported as a pressurized liquid, and the fuel is nontoxic on non-pooling. The propane industry is also highly regulated by codes and standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and various state and local regulatory bodies, and the technicians are also backed by the industry’s voluntary Certified Employee Training Program (CETP).
- Incentives – Efficiency isn’t the only economic benefit to choosing propane. Incentives – like these from PERC – can save you even more (we can help you discover these and other incentives for your project).
Intrigued by the construction prospects of propane? Contact us to learn more today!