The Future of Propane: Why Going All-in on Electric Isn’t as Green as It Seems
Learn More About the Advantages of Propane and Better Ways to Achieve Carbon Neutrality
The extreme weather witnessed across the country this summer is proof that climate change is here. Lately, a drive to completely convert to electric-powered home equipment has been promoted as the key to combating climate change.
Climate change is an important concern for all of us. But electrification isn’t the ideal way to go about it. We’ll show you why propane is a better alternative both environmentally and economically.
Propane Is Cleaner—And Greener
One of the selling points of electricity is that it has “zero” emissions. Did you know that the generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States? That’s because most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants. Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases. More than 63% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.*
Propane, on the other hand, is much more clean burning, with nearly zero emissions created. Propane is a non-toxic, non-poisonous fuel that burns cleaner than other fuels. Additionally, propane will not create an environmental hazard if spilled.
Now, there’s an even “greener” type of propane. Renewable propane is made from sustainable sources—most commonly animal fats and vegetable oils. Much like other biofuels, it has a very small carbon footprint and requires no new or special equipment.
Propane Is Reliable
If you run your home with propane and the electricity goes out, you have options. Your home will stay warm and comfortable thanks to your supply of propane stored right on your property in a propane tank that’s kept full with prompt deliveries from Roach.
On the other hand, if your home is heated with electricity—which is the agenda being advanced by local and state governments—your home will not be heated during an emergency unless you have a backup generator.
A propane-powered whole-house backup generator can make sure your home has lights and other necessities. You’ll be able to keep food safely cold or frozen, electronics running, the home security system on, and more!
Converting to All-electric Power Is Expensive
Many municipalities – and even entire states – have jumped wholeheartedly on the electrification bandwagon, without fully considering the drawbacks to electricity – and there are many. For starters, troublesome electric conversion regulations cost everyday landlords, businesses and homeowners a lot of money, while leaving them at risk for loss of power.
When it comes to your wallet, consider that it costs more to heat your home with electricity. Electric heat takes much longer to reach a comfortable temperature and can struggle to maintain it—driving up your energy usage.
The Bottom Line
There are a range of factors to consider when choosing the energy source for your home heating and appliances, including cost, efficiency, dependability and more. And with new industry standards created to help consumers and the environment, choosing the cheapest option is not always recommended. You can feel comfortable choosing propane powered appliances because they will not only create efficiency, they’ll keep your house running and while helping the environment.
Thinking about making the switch to propane? Contact Roach Energy today to get a FREE, no obligation estimate from our team of experts on propane conversions in West Virginia and western Maryland!