Going green saves green:
Many people think it's just for barbecue season, but propane's clean, low-cost efficiency is actually a green alternative for many of your home energy needs. The propane industry's latest innovations include propane-fueled standby generator systems, hybrid programs to improve the efficiency of solar and wind power generation, and improving basic appliances in the home.
You may not be aware of it, but your everyday use of hot water consumes a lot of energy. In fact, heating water in a typical American home accounts for over 20 percent of the household's total energy use (U.S. Department of Energy)--and on average a third of this is for showers. Even when faucets are not in use, traditional hot water storage tanks operate by constantly raising and maintaining the standing water's temperature--as high as 120 to 140 degrees.
Tankless Water Heaters -- A New Idea
Propane-powered tankless water heaters provide an innovative solution. By installing tankless heaters, consumers can save money--up to half in operating costs--and help the environment at the same time.
According to Barbara Roach, executive director of the New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA), "the problem with conventional water heaters is the 'stand-by' heat loss," which occurs when the tank continues to reheat unused water.
"This wastes even more energy as it cycles on-and-off just to keep hot water on tap," she said.
In contrast, tankless water heaters heat water on demand, with minimum recovery time. Based on Energy Guide values, replacing a standard 50-gallon electric water heater with a propane tankless water heater can reduce annual energy costs by more than 60 percent or $274 annually for a family of four using an estimated 2,000 gallons of hot water per month. Homeowners, who are now likely paying $50.00 or more per month to maintain heat in a conventional water heater, can save up to half with a tankless water heater. There are even special rebates often available to offset the initial cost of the unit.