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Propane at Home

Propane gas appliances offer efficiency, savings and comfort for today's home.You have a choice. Propane gas appliances provide you with a broad range of lifestyles choices, provide ways to save and add value to your home.

Propane gas appliances do cost less to operate, about half the cost of operating an electric appliance as a general rule. But, you can also have hot water for less, dry clothes with that smell of fresh air, a cozy warm house, and the romance of a fireplace. You really can't go wrong with any of the choices! So go ahead, it's your choice.

Gas Furnace
A gas furnace with conventional air conditioning is the best option for home heating and cooling today. A high-efficiency propane gas furnace provides comfort and savings - no matter how cold the outside temperature.The gas furnace will provide warm comfortable heat regardless of how cold it is outside.  Today's furnace are more efficient too.  New government regulations dictate that manufacturers can only offer equipment with AFUE rating of 78 percent or higher.  The high the efficiency of the furnace, the less it will cost to operate. You can purchase gas furnaces today that are 97 percent efficient.Unlike the electric heat pump, a gas furnace provides warm even heat throughout the home.  You will not have the cold drafts a heat pump produces.  If you like to turn your thermostat down at night and when you are away from home, a gas furnace will quickly reheat your house when you return.   The heat pump will take a long time to reheat your home or bring on the expensive backup heat do the same thing.

Gas heat is your home's foundation for comfort. The quality of your home's heating system equates to the quality of comfort you provide for yourself and your family.

Gas Water Heaters
Your water heater is the second largest contributor to your fuel bill. Your water heater is the second largest energy user in your home, followed by the energy required for air conditioning and heating. Water heating normally consumes 15 to 25 percent of all home energy. Replacing your electric water heater with a propane gas model means lower energy bills, reliability and more hot water.In fact, a gas water heater is so much cheaper than electricity: waiting to buy one could be a big mistake. Converting to propane gas water heating is easy. You won't pay a lot more to install one, and you can recover the extra cost of conversion quickly because propane gas models cost less to operate. And, if you do so while your new home is under construction, it is even more cost effective.

You will get more hot water.  Gas water heaters are up to the challenge of being ready when you need them. Propane gas water heaters recover up to 40 percent faster than electric models. More hot water, faster!  Peace of mind, plenty of hot water, lower energy bills.... You get all that with a high-efficiency propane gas water heater.

Gas Clothes Drying
Economy plus for the energy conscious, gas clothes drying is the biggest energy bargain in your home.Today's gas dryers offer touch controls, digital displays and microcomputer-base temperature settings for sensitive fabrics. Some models signal when the clothes are dry and continue to tumble without heat, allowing you more time to fold the load.

Today's gas dryers use less energy than older models. No pilot lights are required because the dryers light automatically. You can save money, time, and more . . .as you dry every load of clothes, with your new energy-efficient propane gas dryer.

Gas Fireplaces
Gas fireplaces are becoming one of the most desired amenities in the home today.  They are rapidly becoming standard equipment in new homes.   Installing them in an existing home is also very easy.

Gas fireplaces today are available in vented and non-vented models.  If you have an existing wood burning fireplace, vented logs can be installed and you never have the mess of cleaning up and hauling ashes again.   Even if you do not have a fireplace now, you can install non-vented logs in a nice mantle against the wall and enjoy the beauty and heat they provide.

A gas fireplace will add ambience to the room and provide auxiliary heat when your electricity goes out.  If you are currently using electric heat, a gas fireplace can reduce your overall heating bill and make your home more comfortable.

Gas Space Heaters, Wall Heaters & Garage Heaters
Propane gas space heaters are relatively inexpensive to install and provide heat only when and where it's needed. Propane gas space heaters are ideal for areas such as additions, workshops, garages, guesthouses and summer rooms.

Many wall space heaters can be installed flush against a wall. There are models that have electronic ignition and thermostatic controls that maintain the temperature automatically.