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Should I Build A Home With Propane Or Natural Gas?

new home heating vermontIf you’re building a new home, two of the most important decisions you will make about your project—especially here in New England—are how to power and heat it.

The good news is that propane gas can help you with both!

Propane is the perfect power source for your new home build, especially when compared to using electricity. Consider these propane benefits:

  1. Efficiency – Propane appliances will almost always outperform electric models of similar size and output. A tankless propane water heater, for example, can save its users up to 50 percent on energy costs compared to electric systems, according to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
  2. Eco-performance – Propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy. Powering up with propane is so much greener than electricity, in fact, that using it can earn your project points toward LEED residential certification.
  3. Versatility – Propane can power just about any home comfort system – from space heaters and water heaters to cooking ranges, clothes dryers and even fireplaces – all from a single storage tank that the propane supplier maintains.
  4. Backup Power – Having propane onsite makes installing backup power generators much more convenient and affordable – a big benefit for future tenants as severe weather and power outages become more commonplace.
  5. Increased Comfort – Although electric heat pumps run efficiently, the fact that they don’t distribute air that’s warm to the touch can have a big impact on the people’s perception of comfort. Energy-efficient propane furnaces heat air to a much higher temperature than electric heat pumps, making it easier to warm the home quickly and retain a comfortable temperature in colder weather – a big bonus here in Vermont.
  6. Outdoor Living Options – Propane firepits, space heaters, and torch lighting provide an inviting ambiance for your outdoor getaway.
  7. Safety – The propane industry is also highly regulated by codes and standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and various state and local regulatory bodies – a key reason why there are so few propane accidents each year. Propane technicians are also backed by the industry’s voluntary Certified Employee Training Program (CETP).
  8. Incentives – Efficiency isn’t the only economic benefit to choosing propane. Incentives can save you even more (we can help you discover these and others for your project).

Considering propane for your home build or vacation home? We can help! Contact Jack F. Corse today to learn more about propane delivery in Lamoille County, Franklin County, Westford, Fairfax, Underhill, and Jericho Counties in Vermont!