As a homebuilder, you have a tough task. All of your customers want you to build them the home of their dreams. That means, in addition to designing an imaginative and practical floor plan, you must choose an energy source that is efficient and comfortable. It also must add to the value and attractiveness of the home, and be a friend to the environment.
Propane offers everything today’s homebuyers want. It heats the home to a consistent warmth; dries laundry more efficiently; cooks food quickly to exact temperatures; puts a cozy fire in the fireplace; heats the water for a relaxing bubble bath; and fuels the backyard barbecue – and it does it all at a lower cost than electricity. What’s more, propane is always in steady supply.
A Home That Saves Money and Ensures Comfort
Propane offers homebuyers countless money-saving features, including:
- On a nationwide average, propane costs less than electricity on a per-BTU basis. According to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) study, electricity is more than twice as costly as propane.
- A propane gas furnace saves around $300 annually compared to an electric one (DOE).
- Propane water heaters save up to $150 annually over electric and heat 2 1/2 times the water with the same amount of energy (DOE).
- The operating costs of propane furnaces are less than electric models in most cases.
- Electric heat pumps must often be supplemented with electric strip heat, resulting in higher costs and lower efficiency.
- Homes fueled with propane can have a better resale value and, on average, cost less to run than homes with all-electric appliances.
- Propane gas furnaces can consistently supply air at 120°F – a comfort level unmatched by electric options such as heat pumps.
New combo-heat systems save your customers energy and money by heating the air and water with one unit. With fewer pipes and less sheet metal, the new units look better and free up more living space.
Use the energy savings calculator to see how much you can save with propane.
Propane Offers Incredible Versatility
Propane is ideal for today’s manufactured homes because it can fuel a wide range of equipment including ranges, clothes dryers, fireplaces, pool heaters, spas, and outdoor lights. It can also fuel heat pumps, standby generators, and integrated appliances for heating, cooling, and hot water. It is extremely flexible compared to other fuels.
- Advantages over electricity: All-electric homes are not as energy efficient as propane-fueled homes and are more costly to operate. Furthermore, homeowners are susceptible to power outages, which are occurring with greater frequency throughout the nation.
- Advantages over natural gas: Natural gas is a good source of energy for meeting the homeowner’s space conditioning and appliance needs. However, 70 percent of manufactured homes are still located in rural areas. Many rural areas are located beyond natural gas distribution systems and there can be significant cost to the property owner associated with running gas pipes to the site and/or to the house. Propane gas can be stored on the homeowner’s property. It is portable, self contained, and always accessible.
- Advantages over fuel oil: Fuel oil is adequate for supplying heat, but, unlike propane, it cannot power certain appliances such as ranges or dryers. Fuel oil water heaters are not as efficient as propane models because their burner nozzles get clogged very easily and need frequent maintenance. In addition, they are more expensive than gas water heaters.
Propane Is Highly Economical
Virtually anything in a manufactured home that can run on electricity can run on propane. However, a propane-fueled home is less costly to operate than an electric home. The costs of electricity and propane can be compared using the BTU (British Thermal Unit), which measures the heating value of each fuel. National fuel prices from the U.S. Department of Energy show that the cost of electricity is more than twice the cost of propane. For the same heating value, propane therefore offers remarkable savings over electricity.