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The All-Propane Home

When you include propane appliances throughout your home, you can provide your family with the utmost comfort, from endless hot water to softer clothing and cozier heat on cold winter days. You'll also enjoy greater efficiency and energy savings compared with all-electric homes.

Space heating, water heating, cooking, fireplaces, and clothes drying are five of the best ways to make your home perform better with propane. But click around the rest of the virtual model to see how propane can transform your home — inside and out.

Annual Home Energy Cost

Propane appliances are extremely energy efficient and can save you hundreds, possibly even thousands, of dollars in annual energy costs while making you more comfortable.

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

HERS Index

Think of the Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Index like a miles-per-gallon sticker for your car. It’s an easy way to compare the performance of different homes. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home. All-propane homes have lower HERS ratings than all-electric alternatives.

CO2 Emissions

For homeowners interested in lowering their carbon footprint, propane is a low-carbon alternative fuel that burns cleanly and produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than most other energy sources.

This tool estimates the amount of CO2 produced annually by the entire home using your inputs. For comparison, an average car driven in the United States emits 5.1 metric tons of CO2 each year.

Space Heating
Water Heating
Clothes Drying
Space Heating

Propane is more than just cost effective; propane furnaces deliver comfortable and consistent heat your family will appreciate even on the coldest days.

High-efficiency heating

If you want a warm, cozy home even on the coldest, most blustery winter days, you can't do better than a high-efficiency propane furnace. Its warm, comfortable heat simply can't be matched by other kinds of heating systems when it comes to comfort.

Why? Not all heating systems deliver air at the same temperature. In cold climates, electric heat pumps can deliver heat at or below your normal body temperature — 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit — for 65 percent of the heating season. That may be noticeably uncomfortable! Propane furnaces deliver warmer, more comfortable air — up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit — in any weather condition.

Although this home is heated by a furnace, many homes use heating systems fed by high-efficiency propane boilers, particularly in the Northeast. In these heating systems, hot water from the boiler (instead of a furnace) acts as the heat source.

Combined heat and power (CHP)

Propane CHP systems are an alternative to individual appliances for water heating, space heating, and standby generators. They generate electricity that can be used throughout your home, but they also use excess heat from the engine to provide water heating for radiant heat, hot water, pool heating, and more. The best part: In many states, you can sell any excess electricity back to your electric utility provider.

Radiant floor heating

Imagine stepping out of bed and feeling a warm floor beneath your feet. Radiant floor heating provides that luxury by pumping hot water through an in-floor tubing system. The hot water can be supplied by a high-efficiency boiler or, in this case, a tankless water heater. It’s an energy-efficient alternative to conventional forced-air heating.

Water Heating

For energy savings and performance, propane-powered water heaters beat electric models hands down.

Tankless water heater

It's never a good time to run out of hot water, and that’s why tankless water heaters are such a great choice. They run continuously, on demand, and they have triple the hot water flow rate of electric heat pump water heaters. They’re not limited by storage capacity, so you never have to run out of water. And because you’re not using energy keeping a tank of water hot, you can save more than $150 per year compared with typical electric storage water heaters.

Storage tank water heater

A propane storage water heater offers superior value for your money. It delivers the same amount of hot water as an electric tank, which is much larger and takes up more space in the home. Energy Star propane units save about 13 to 16 percent in annual energy costs over standard electric and heating oil units.


If you've dreamed of cooking with gas like a professional chef, you'll love the instant heat and temperature control of propane-powered ranges and ovens.


Who wouldn't prefer cooking with gas over electric? Propane-powered cooktops and ovens deliver instant heat, responsive control, and more even heat. Everyone should experience the joys of cooking with gas, including you.

There are propane kitchen appliances to fit nearly any style of home, from sleek, modern steel to more classic designs, and sizes to fit the biggest commercial kitchens, the smallest galley kitchens, and every size in between.

Outdoor kitchen

Just like an indoor gas range, propane grills give you instant on-off convenience and precision temperature control for a perfectly done meal every time. With no coals, soot, or ash, clean-up is a breeze, too.

But why stop at the grill? A full outdoor kitchen — complete with large grilling surface, cooktop, oven, and rotisserie — can surpass even your indoor propane appliances. True foodies will love this ultimate outdoor cooking and entertaining experience, and it can all be powered by your home's propane supply.

Clothes Drying

It doesn't matter whether you run a load a week or face a mountain of your family's laundry every day. A propane-powered clothes dryer can make a big impact in your family's budget, compared with electric models. Think of the wardrobe you can buy after saving 20 percent on annual energy costs.

Propane dryers are also packed with the high-performance features you're looking for. You'll find models that include steam cycles to dewrinkle and freshen garments, drum lights to make it easier to see into the unit, LCD control screens for ease of use, and other time- and labor-saving features.


All of the pleasures of a real fire with none of the hassles. That's the beauty of a propane fireplace.

You get the atmosphere and warmth that only a real flame can provide, and a propane fireplace like this one can be turned on and off with a thermostatic switch or remote control. Unlike electric models, your propane fireplace can still provide your family with heat and light during an outage. And unlike wood fireplaces, you'll never need to throw another log on the fire.


Garage-zone heater

Your workshop doesn’t shut down just because it’s cold outside. A garage-zone heater delivers clean, dependable heat that will keep your garage warm year-round — and most will even work in an electrical outage.

Lamp posts

Nothing enhances a home's entrance like lighting. This lamp post offers the flickering, old-world charm of real flame that electric lighting can't match. Powered by portable tanks or your home's main supply, gas lamps add beauty and value to any home, are totally odorless, and will function even during a power outage for added home security and safety.

Lighting and flame effects

Real flame lighting creates an unforgettable look for your yard and can be used for walkways, general lighting, and more. Propane flame effects, including torches, can add dramatic flair to a pool or patio. And propane fire pits extend the patio season and liven up chilly evenings with a ring of cozy heat.

Mosquito trap

Have mosquitoes commandeered your yard or patio? With a propane mosquito trap, you won't have to bring another family barbecue indoors due to pests ever again. The traps, which use propane to attract bugs, can protect your entire backyard from mosquitoes and a host of other biting insects.

Patio amenities

A chill in the air shouldn't stop you from enjoying an evening outdoors. Patio heaters are available from tabletop size all the way up to standing models, and they can safely raise the temperature by up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in a 20-foot radius.

Pool and spa

Ready to dive in? Propane pool and spa heaters warm pools faster, with lower energy costs compared with electric models. This home boasts both a pool and a spa, in addition to a propane outdoor dryer and outdoor shower, serviced by an outdoor propane tankless water heater. Swimmers can clean off, and dry their suits and towels, without having to track water through the house.

Propane vehicle

When you’re visited by a technician, package courier, or the school bus, you may find they’re driving a truck or vehicle fueled by propane autogas. Why? Fleets that invest in propane autogas can reduce emissions and achieve significantly lower life-cycle vehicle costs. You’ll know that whoever owns that propane vehicle runs a savvy, efficient operation.

Standby generator

With a propane standby generator, your family can spend the next power outage playing games, reading, and relaxing while the neighbors search for candles and flashlights.

When you see storm clouds looming on the horizon, you don't want to wonder whether your backup generator will start. That’s why this generator draws fuel from the home's main underground propane tank. Unlike gasoline or diesel, propane won't degrade over time, so when the power goes out, your generator will start automatically, every time.

Propane standby generators are available in a wide variety of capacities, so there's one to fit the needs of your family. How long can you depend on your standby generator? A 7kW standby generator drawing from a 250-gallon propane tank can provide enough electricity to power your home for up to five days.

Underground tank

Propane tanks are typically owned and maintained by your local propane company. They come in a number of sizes to suit the needs of your home. This home's 1,000-gallon underground tank is buried on the home's property, nearly invisible to the naked eye.

When it comes to storage, propane's unique properties make it much safer than most other fuels. It's nontoxic and insoluble in water. Because it's released as a gas, it doesn't spill or pool, so it won't harm soil or water in the unlikely event of a release.

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