Delivered propane, home heat and appliance powerhouse, is the environmentally friendly solution for your needs. What do we mean by that?
You likely already knew that using propane to heat your house and for your appliances (like your oven or stove) is more energy efficient than electricity and it does not spit out any greenhouse gases like heating oil. Yet there is more to the story of how great propane heats homes.
Propane can also have several advantages over natural gas as well. First off, you don’t have to run a line to the main line, often under the road. Depending where you live, there can be a fee to install a new natural gas line from the main to your home.
Second, you pay a “facilities” charge every month whether you use natural gas during the month or not. So, during the summer months, you are paying for the privilege of staying connected to the main line even though you might not be using natural gas.
Yet the biggest difference is how efficient propane is. One gallon of propane can produce 91,330 btu of energy or 2572 btu per cubic foot while a cubic foot of natural gas can only produce 950-1150 btu. That means to equal 1 cubic foot of propane you need more than 2 cubic feet of natural gas. How could this be? Isn’t natural gas more “efficient?”
Well, natural gas is certainly cheap per cubic foot, but it is not necessarily more “efficient” if you figure out how many btu you get per cubic foot. You see, “natural gas” is actually a mixture of many gases, some that don’t even burn. Primarily, natural gas is methane (which gives you 1011 btu per cu. ft.), but you also get carbon dioxide and nitrogen in the mix which don’t burn at all.
Now do you see why we say propane = home heat powerhouse? Yet, in the end, you wonder which will save you more money? That is a little harder to answer because it is not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison since the price of both fuels can fluctuate independent of one another plus there are other factors that can be considered.
You may have seen the Dept. of Energy estimates which show natural gas as a less expensive option, but when we talk to people whom are using our propane pre-buy program where you lock in super low prices for the year, they tell us they often pay about the same amount as their friends on natural gas.
They tell us some years they pay a little less and some years they pay a little more than their neighbors. It all seems to work out after you realize natural gas customers pay facilities charges year-round and those on natural gas always pay higher rates during peak seasons unlike our propane customers who lock in their rates.
I remember talking to a pastor of a church where the facilities charges were $100 month for natural gas, and when you factored in actual usage, their natural gas charges were about $2,400 per year the last few years on natural gas. They switched to propane and spent about $1500/year the next couple of years.
Please note, everyone’s situation is different, so we cannot promise you will save money if you switch to propane. We just want to show you that propane really is a great fuel and you can trust propane for home heating, for cooking, and even for your clothes dryer.
Want to learn more about Home Propane Delivery? Give us a call, we are always happy to answer your questions or to even give you a free quote if you are ready.