Is Propane the Right Choice for Your Home?

Written by mrUser

March 8, 2021

Most people immediately think of a gas grill when someone mentions propane. But this environmentally and economical alternative can be used for so much more. And if you’re moving into a propane-powered home, there’s a ton of solutions and appliances that can be used these days.

The first that may come to mind is heating. We certainly saw that with the big recent storm here in Austin. Here are just a few of the benefits when heating your home with propane.

Heating Your Home with Propane is Economical

Heating your home with propane is affordable, efficient, and it provides a better quality heat. When you use propane to heat your home… it puts money back in your pocket and it warms your home faster than an electrical system can. It’s also a green alternative and better for the environment,

If you’re fueling your home with propane, or have several propane appliances, you’re saving money on your monthly bills, and you’re also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 7.8 million households use propane for these benefits alone. Appliances like propane water heaters, gas dryers, and propane ranges and cook tops all offer versatility, cost-savings, and efficiency that can’t be matched through other alternatives, including electric.

Propane is a clean, low-carbon fuel that produces much fewer greenhouse gas emissions than most other energy options. More specifically, with the use of propane, you reduce these gas emissions by as much as 68%.

While electric heaters are trained to heat below body temperature, propane heaters heat above body temperature to produce a warmer and more consistent heat.

There is more responsibility needed to ensure the safety of you and your family. Depending on which service you elect, you may be responsible for scheduling propane deliveries when your tank is running low. And, of course, when dealing with gas, always make sure to be on alert while around your tank. If you smell propane at any time, it’s important to take the appropriate action.

And that’s just the start of what can be powered with this economical fuel.

Own it or rent it?

Do you own the propane tank on your brand-new property? Or just rent it? You should know the answer to this question when buying a new home. This can affect who you buy propane from. Typically, the buyers assume ownership or renting of the tank and keep the propane system, as the propane tank is connected to the furnace which fuels the home.

If you own the tank, you don’t have to make monthly payments. We feel that’s a better solution so you’re not locked into a payment plan and high prices. If it’s rented, you don’t have as much flexibility. But maintenance would be your responsibility.

As for the propane remaining in the tank from the previous owners, the propane will be measured during the transition of ownership and the remaining propane will be pro-rated.

Propane is a Safe Solution in Your Home

As long as you follow a few simple precautions propane is a safe option for home use.

A safety inspection to verify your tank is in good working order is smart. Check the expiration date stamped on it, and read up on a few propane safety tips. Oliver Propane is here to help if you have any questions at all. You can give us a call at 512-913-7695 and we’ll try to help you out.

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