Propane Energy Pod

The Propane Energy Pod is a model for new construction that optimizes the comfort, efficiency, convenience, and environmental profile of a home. It does this by treating the five key energy uses in a home — space heating, water heating, cooking, fireplaces, and clothes drying — as the components of a whole-home energy package. Just as an unbroken thermal envelope is essential to maintaining a home’s comfortable indoor climate, the comprehensive approach to home energy depicted by the Propane Energy Pod is central to maximizing a home’s overall performance.

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Propane Clothes Drying

Propane Energy Pod analysis shows that propane dryers can save over 20 percent in energy costs compared with electric.

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Propane Water Heating

A propane high-efficiency tankless water heater can cost up to 50 percent less to operate than standard electric storage models. Efficiency ratings can be higher than
97 percent.

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Propane Cooking

High-performance gas cooktops and ovens are preferred by a majority of professional chefs and designers, for their own use as well as for their clients.

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Propane Space Heating

Propane home-heating systems can be configured as central or zone-based, forced air or radiant. Efficiency ratings can be higher than 95 percent.

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Propane Fireplaces

High-efficiency direct-vent propane fireplaces have, on average, 5 to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces.

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Propane Clothes Drying

Propane Energy Pod analysis shows that propane dryers can save over 20 percent in energy costs compared with electric.

WATER HEATING
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Propane Water Heating

A propane high-efficiency tankless water heater can cost up to 50 percent less to operate than standard electric storage models. Efficiency ratings can be higher than 97 percent.

COOKING
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Propane Cooking

High-performance gas cooktops and ovens are preferred by a majority of professional chefs and designers, for their own use as well as for their clients.

SPACE HEATING
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Propane Space Heating

Propane home-heating systems can be configured as central or zone-based, forced air or radiant. Efficiency ratings can be higher than 95 percent.

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Propane Fireplaces

High-efficiency direct-vent propane fireplaces have, on average, 5 to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces.

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PROPANE ENERGY POD HOME

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entire home energy cost

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CO2 Metric Tons

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This is the Propane Energy Pod home's Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Index, an industry-recognized scoring standard for home energy performance. A lower score indicates less energy use.

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This is the estimated annual cost of energy used by the entire home, based on the home size and climate you selected.

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This is the amount of CO2 produced annually by the entire home. An average car driven in the United States emits 5.1 metric tons of CO2 each year.

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This is the estimated annual cost of energy used by the standard home, based on the home size and climate you selected.

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This is the amount of CO2 produced annually by the entire home. An average car driven in the United States emits 5.1 metric tons of CO2 each year.

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WATER HEATING

COOKING

SPACE HEATING

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entire home energy cost

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CO2 Metric Tons

 metric tons CO2 emissions/year

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This is the baseline home's Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Index, an industry-recognized scoring standard for home energy performance. A lower score indicates less energy use.

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The results displayed for your comparison were based on a modeling analysis of home energy consumption and CO2 emissions conducted by Newport Partners, LLC. For a home built in , , a  climate zone, the following energy system specifications applied.

 

Propane Energy Pod Home

Standard Home

Space Heating
Water Heating
Cooking Propane cooktop and oven with electric ignition Electric cooktop and oven
Clothes Drying 3.14 CEF propane dryer 718 kWh/yr electric dryer
Fireplaces

For the homes themselves, the following specifications applied.

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Building Thermal Envelope Meets minimum provisions of 2009 IECC
Foundation Type Climate-appropriate
Aspect Ratio 1.3
Bedrooms
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Find out how to install additional propane applications at time of construction or to prepare the home to be easily retrofitted in the future.

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The five applications of the Propane Energy Pod are core to a home’s energy savings and low-emissions profile — valuable features in any home, for any market. But preparing a home to accommodate applications beyond those five brings additional value to homeowners by reducing the cost of retrofitting those features in the future. Here are specific ways to incorporate Pod PLUS applications into a home.

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Steps to Take During Construction

Benefits

Whole-Home Backup Power Generation
  • Pre-plan location for generator within
    10 feet of gas line.
  • Install generator-ready electrical panel.
  • Install tee in gas line prior to other splits.
  • Reduces installation cost by about $3,000.
  • Ensures optimal generator placement.
  • Avoids reworking mechanical system fresh-air intakes.
Garage Heating and Snow Melt
  • Install and cap radiant tubing within garage slab, driveways, and walkways.
  • Install below-slab insulation per local code or design guidance.
  • Run and label capped propane line to future location of wall-mounted garage heater.
  • Greatly reduces cost of adding a garage heating or snow-melt system.
Outdoor Cooking, Fireplace, Patio Heating, Lighting, and Insect Control
  • Plan location of applications.
  • Provide capped and labeled distribution manifold.
  • Simplifies connection to existing plumbing lines.
  • Reduces cost of labor associated with design
    and installation.