Building With Propane: Why It Makes Good Sense
As a builder, you know that every choice you make for your project matters – and two of the most important decisions you will make are how to power your building and how to market it so it stands out from the crowd.
Propane gas can help you with both.
Far from being just a great fuel for temporary heat, propane is the perfect power source for your future construction projects – especially when compared to using electricity.
Consider These Propane Benefits:
- Efficiency – Propane appliances are clean-burning and efficient, and 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).
- 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 certification (in LEED v4, commercial building projects can earn up to 28 points for propane installations, thanks mostly to its Energy and Atmosphere provisions).
- Versatility – Propane can power just about any home comfort system – from space heaters and water heaters to cooking rangers, clothes dryers and even fireplaces – all from a single storage tank that the propane supplier maintains.
- 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.
- 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 New Jersey.
- Outdoor living options – Propane firepits and space heaters provide an inviting ambiance – a key selling point for building owners.
- 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).
- 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).
Pondering the prospects of powering with propane? We think you should! Contact Dixon Energy to learn more about propane deliveries and propane installations in NJ today.