A survey sponsored by the Propane Education and Research Council revealed that 6 out of 10 homeowners invest in home improvements because they want to save on energy bills. And that’s no surprise. From energy-efficient tankless water heaters to stylish stainless-steel appliances, home propane equipment provides exceptional performance at a much lower cost than electricity.
In terms of specific improvements, tankless water heaters—many of them Energy Star rated—generate the most interest from propane users. Homeowners also liked the fact that they could apply for a federal tax credit after installing a qualifying propane tankless system
Besides propane tankless water heaters, interest is also building for a product recently introduced into the propane residential market. It uses micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) technology so a furnace can be combined with a generator to heat the home and make electricity.
Manufacturers estimate that homeowners who operate this hybrid system an average of 4,000 hours a year can produce nearly 5,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which not only saves money but reduces their carbon footprint by up to 6,000 pounds of greenhouse gases per year.
Another new propane appliance is a high-efficiency heat pump that’s driven by a propane-fueled engine. This system is designed to efficiently heat and cool multiple zones in a home.