Is Electric or Gas Heat Better?
Fall River Propane helps keep your home warm!
When upgrading the heating system in your home, you have a choice between two energy sources: electric or gas heat.
Propane emerges as the indisputable champion in this decision, offering unparalleled comfort, exceptional energy efficiency, and a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
Let’s go over the advantages that propane offers.
Propane: Better heating, lower energy costs
A propane furnace or heater efficiently circulates warm air at temperatures of up to 140°F throughout your home in short bursts, ensuring your utmost comfort. In contrast, electric heating systems can only raise temperatures to 98.6°F, resulting in a noticeable difference that can make you feel cooler.
Propane offers a higher generation of British Thermal Units (BTUs) compared to electricity, resulting in a reduced propane requirement for generating the same amount of heat energy. Additionally, propane gas heating systems can achieve remarkable efficiencies of up to 98%, ensuring that nearly every cent of your heating expenditure is dedicated to actual heating rather than being wasted in combustion.
Propane: There when you need it
Propane surpasses electricity in terms of dependability, making it the clear choice.
Your home’s warmth and comfort is secure with propane delivery from Fall River Propane as your propane supply is stored in your own propane tank.
Unlike electrical heating, you are not at the mercy of a utility provider. Unexpected events like car accidents or thunderstorms can cause power outages, leaving you in the cold.
Consider the devastating consequences of the grid failure in Texas during the harsh winter of 2021: a tragic loss of 246 lives, scarcity of essential resources like food and water, and an estimated $18 billion in damages.
It is fascinating to note that a significant portion of the nation’s electrical grid was constructed in the post-World War II era. However, as the population has grown and electricity consumption has surged, the demand on the aging infrastructure has reached alarming levels. The strain on the system has pushed it close to capacity, causing the aging equipment to falter under the pressure.
That demand and strain may increase even more with the push to “electrify everything,” including home heating. That increase may result in a lot more incidents like what happened to Texas in 2021.
Propane: More environmentally friendly
Let’s dive straight into the truth: Electricity, despite its widespread use, cannot be considered a truly “clean” energy source. Surprisingly, the generation of electricity ranks second only to transportation in terms of its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. These emissions are a significant concern in our efforts to combat climate change. For more information on greenhouse gas emissions, you can visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
Around 60% of the country’s electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels, namely coal and natural gas. In contrast, propane combustion emits no greenhouse gases!
A staggering 60% of electricity is lost during transmission through power lines due to resistance, resulting in only one unit of electricity reaching our homes for every three units generated at the power plant. This inefficiency leads to wastage of energy. To ensure a steady electricity supply, we rely on burning more coal and natural gas, which in turn generates greenhouse gases. However, an alternative solution lies in using propane stored in a nearby tank for heating systems, as it minimizes energy loss during transportation.
With dependable propane delivery and service from Fall River Propane, you can enjoy the comfort and security of propane heating in your home! Become a customer today.