Cut greenhouse gas emissions with propane appliances

Cut greenhouse gas emissions with propane appliances

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle starts at home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential use accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation’s total energy consumption.

Numerous factors influence a home’s energy efficiency, or lack thereof, including air leaks, outdated appliances or inefficient heating and cooling systems.

However, one decision home owners often overlook in cutting their carbon footprint is choosing the right energy source.

According to a recent study comparing greenhouse gas emissions from propane appliances to electric appliances, propane significantly reduced GHG emissions in at least four applications in the home:

Furnaces:The quickest and easiest way to reduce GHGs in your home may be with a propane-powered furnace. Propane-powered furnaces reduce GHGs by a whopping 73% compared with electric models, and are often more energy-efficient, too.

Hybrid systems: In many parts of the country, the electric heat pump is still the standard. However, hybrid heating systems using a high-efficiency propane furnace and heat pump combination emit 30% fewer GHGs than electric-only heat pumps.

Storage tank and tankless water heaters: New DOE water heater efficiency standards go into effect April 16 and require all gas, electric, and tankless water heaters to be energy efficient. If your electric water heater is reaching the end of its life span (10-12 years), consider a new propane-powered tankless model from a manufacturer like Rinnai. You'll be up-to-date on the new standards and reduce your GHGs by up to 39%.

By choosing an energy source like propane to significantly reduce your home's environmental impact, you'll not only improve your home's energy efficiency, but the planet as well. For more information about using propane and propane-powered appliances in your home, visit For more energy efficiency tips for the home, look at the Department of Energy's Energy Saver site.

See how propane stacks up, by the numbers:

Read more about energy saving home appliances.

Topics: Appliances, Cost of Ownership, Energy Star, Fuel Cell for Homes, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Healthy Homes, Heating & Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Natural Gas, Sustainability Trends & Statistics

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