Remodels are an ideal time to discuss water heating
If your homeowner is using an aging electric water
heater, here are six reasons to consider switching to propane.
Remodelers are in a prime position to
help homeowners make informed decisions about water heating replacement.
In your role as a trusted home renovation consultant, you can add value for
your client by recommending systems that will improve comfort and provide
long-term cost savings. And if your customer has an aging, inefficient
electric water heater, switching to propane water heating is often a smart
energy choice that meets those goals.
When you're meeting with
homeowners to discuss their remodeling goals, take a few minutes to discuss
their water heating options. We've developed two new worksheets to help you
start the conversation.
These side-by-side economic comparison
worksheets make it a cinch to compare the upfront installation costs and
long-term energy savings of electric and propane water heaters. One worksheet
compares an electric storage tank water heater with a propane storage tank
water heater. Another worksheet
compares the electric storage tank water heater with a propane tankless water
In either case, the worksheets can help
you and your homeowners identify the benefits that a propane water heater can
provide. Here are a few of the factors to keep in mind.
Residential water heating is typically the second largest
energy use in the home and can account for nearly a quarter of overall
household energy consumption. And as water heaters age, they become less
efficient, requiring even more energy. If a homeowner's water heater is near
the end of its life, it's a smart decision to replace it now, rather than
have to replace it immediately when it fails.
Propane heats water
faster and more efficiently than electricity. Propane tankless water heaters
provide further energy savings because, unlike storage tank water heaters,
they don't use additional energy to keep stored water heated. Gas tankless
water heaters can reduce energy costs by more than 50 percent simply by
heating water on-demand. In addition to the worksheets, you can use our Heating
Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator to help estimate how much it will cost
each year to run a propane water heating system.
Homeowners certainly want to save money, but they generally
also want to make sure their energy decision doesn't affect their personal
comfort. Propane tankless water heaters offer several performance advantages
over electric tanks.
First and foremost, tankless water heaters offer
an endless supply of hot water. If your customer is remodeling to accommodate
a larger family, this feature can be vital to a homeowner's quality of life. Tankless water heaters can
produce about 222 gallons/hour on average, compared with a ﬁrst-hour delivery
rating of just 62 gallons for an electric storage tank water heater.
Propane tankless water heaters
ensure your homeowners never run out of hot water at an inopportune time.
Because tankless water heaters heat water on
demand, the water is always fresh and clean. In traditional tanks, scale and
rust can build up, as stored water may have accumulated deposits or bacteria.
The life span of a tankless water heater can be 20 years, making it more
cost-effective than storage tank water heaters with shorter life spans. As the
worksheets show, this long life span improves the annual operating cost of
tankless water heaters when amortized over the life of the system.
Propane storage tank water heaters are often more
compact than electric alternatives, and tankless water heaters can free up
even more valuable floor space, often as much as 12 to 16 square feet. They
can be wall-mounted inside or outside, with a variety of venting options.
propane is a clean fuel with low CO2 emissions, propane water
heaters are generally more environmentally friendly than water heaters powered
by coal-produced electricity. Propane tankless water heaters have 50 to 60
percent lower CO2 emissions compared with electric storage tank
systems, and propane storage tank water heaters offer CO2 emissions
reductions of 1,900 pounds per year.
water heaters are available with a variety of cutting-edge technologies,
including condensing units, which extract additional thermal energy from the
combustion gases to pre-heat incoming water, increasing overall system
efficiency. Propane also fuels a number of other innovative water heating
technologies, such as hybrid/tankless solar hot-water systems and combination
units that combine space heating and water heating. Visit our recently updated
propane product directory,
where you can browse hundreds of tankless and storage tank water heaters from
a variety of manufacturers.
The product directory is also a great
place to browse other appliances and systems with retrofit potential, such as
space heating, cooktops and ovens, fireplaces, outdoor grills, and backup
If your customers are making the switch to propane, it's
often a smart move to make further efficiency and performance gains with other
To learn more about upgrading to propane water
heating, check out the Propane Training Academy. "Water
Heaters: Retrofitting from Standard Electric to Gas Tankless" provides
further detail on how you can help your homeowners save energy and improve the
value of their homes.