Choosing a New Water Heater in North Carolina

Posted: November 29, 2017

Hot water shower

North Carolinians love their hot showers! That’s why more people than ever before are investing in propane water heaters.

Propane is a quick, efficient and affordable way to heat as much water as you need, whether it’s for your shower, dishwasher, washing machine or spa tub. There’s nothing like starting your morning with a long, hot shower without ever worrying about running out.

Propane water heaters cost much less to operate than electric heaters, with a hot water recovery rate that’s about twice as fast as electric models, which means there’s little chance of running out of hot water! Propane water heaters also take up less space, have more accurate temperature adjustment and offer more size and installation options.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that approximately 20 percent of a home’s energy costs are spent heating water. That’s why selecting an efficient water heater is critical — and propane fuels some of the most efficient water heating technologies available.

Choose an efficient propane water heating system over a standard—and inefficient—electric water heater and you can reduce your energy costs substantially—sometimes by nearly 50%!

Check out this chart to compare typical water heating costs. Then go here to find out which type of propane water heater may be best for your home.

Water heater typeOperating cost over 13 years
Electric storage tank$8,245
Propane storage tank$5,220
Propane tankless unit$4,560

Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 2015