Propane in North Carolina—The Single Fuel Solution

Posted: December 6, 2017

Propane gas stove flame

Versatile propane can not only heat your home, it can power everything from water heaters, generators and stoves and cooktops to fireplaces, clothes dryers, outdoor grills, space heaters and more. That’s why we like to call it the single fuel solution for North Carolinians!

But that’s just the beginning of propane’s advantages. Here are 5 more benefits.

  1. Clean-burning
    Because of the clean burning characteristics of propane, virtually little maintenance is required to retain the high efficiencies of propane fueled equipment. Because propane is nontoxic and doesn’t pose a threat to soil and water (above or below ground), it is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  2. Cost-Effective
    The installation of new propane heating equipment generally requires an initial investment that is typically 20-40% less than comparable oil heating equipment. Propane equipment also generally lasts much longer than oil-fired systems and electric heat pumps. Additionally, propane appliances are also 40-60% less expensive to operate than comparable electric appliances.
  3. Safe
    Every propane appliance is made with safety shut-offs and most appliances are equipped with electronic ignition systems to give you years of trouble-free operation. Propane has one of the best safety records in the industry today.
  4. Efficient
    Propane appliances typically reduce energy costs, delivering better value and comfort than other heating sources. With a clean-burning, high-efficiency propane furnace, less than 10% of fuel is wasted in the combustion process. In comparison, more than two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted. Today’s propane furnaces are now as much as 98% efficient. This means very little heating energy is lost during the combustion process.
  5. Flexible Installations
    Propane tanks can be installed just about anywhere, above or below ground. Unlike oil tank installations, propane tanks can be set at a lower grade than the appliance it’s fueling, without the groundwater contamination problems associated with underground oil tank installations. Additionally, propane water heaters take up less space than other types of water heaters. They also have more accurate temperature adjustment and offer more size and installation options.