Propane Water Heating Basics

Water Heating Basics

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating can account for 15 to 25 percent of total residential energy usage. Propane water heating can help you save money, reduce your home’s carbon footprint and improve home comfort — regardless of where you live.

Propane vs. electricity: No contest

It’s a fact: Not a single electric tankless water heater currently qualifies for Energy Star recognition. On the other hand, a number of propane tankless water heaters with an efficiency rating of 82 percent or more are on that list.

A tankless propane unit can cut your water heating bills by as much as 60 percent compared with a standard electric storage model, all while providing instant, on-demand hot water. Many propane tankless water heaters also qualify for tax credits and other incentives, which can pay for a portion of your installation costs. If you want a standard tank-type water heater, propane offers faster initial heat-up and a quicker recovery rate than electric storage water heaters can deliver.

Clean and green

Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency show that propane emits 52 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity. That’s why propane is an approved alternative fuel recognized by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and a qualifying alternative fuel eligible for various federal tax incentives under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Propane fits your lifestyle

If you live in a rural or exurban area, propane’s exceptional capabilities mean you don’t have to trade quality of location for quality of living. In addition to tankless or tank water units, propane can easily be used to heat outdoor hot tubs and swimming pools. Qualified technicians can install above-ground or underground propane storage tanks, and safely run all connections to household propane appliances.

Safety is simple

When it comes to safe-handling of propane, our industry’s commitment to professional training makes all the difference. In fact, the Propane Education and Research Council has established a Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) that is now required in eight states and used by propane marketers nationwide. With proven teaching materials and extensive documentation, this highly respected certification program meets rigorous training requirements mandated by key agencies, including the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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