Propane vs. Electricity

Propane vs. Electric: What’s the Efficient Choice for Your Michigan Home or Business?

When it comes to efficiency, cost, performance, and even reliability, propane is the clear winner over electric heating, furnaces, and other appliances.

In fact, you might be shocked by how much you can save—and how much more quality of life improves—simply by switching from electric to propane.

Propane Is Cheaper

According to the Energy Information Administration, electric heating is approximately 63% more expensive for the same amount of thermal energy produced. In fact, electricity is the most expensive energy source in Michigan on average.

Propane vs. Electricity

Propane Is Hotter, Faster, and More Efficient

A propane furnace can heat the air up to about 130 or 140 degrees Fahrenheit—when you stand right next to the vent, you’ll really feel nice and cozy! By contrast, the air coming out of an electric furnace will be cooler than body temperature, usually around 95 degrees.

Because propane is so much hotter, it can use short, controlled bursts to warm your home to your preferred comfort level faster, and with reduced operating time and expense. The electric furnace will have to chug along much longer to get to the same home temperature.

For the same reason, other propane appliances—tankless water heaters, clothes dryers, kitchen ranges, etc.—deliver heat much faster and operate more efficiently than comparable electric appliances. For example, cooking with propane delivers instant heat, unlike electric ranges that are slow to heat up and even slower to cool down.

Your meals cook faster and tastier, your clothes dry faster, your house stays warmer on a winter night—all thanks to propane. So propane is not only cheaper to operate than electric, but you actually get superior performance, too!

Propane Appliances Are Built to Last

Because propane furnaces and appliances are more efficient and require less operating time to achieve comparable results, they have longer average operational lifespans than comparable electric devices. In fact, you can expect a typical propane furnace to outlast an electric one by 5 to 10 years.

Propane vs. Electricity

Propane Is More Reliable

With electric heat and fuel, you’re at the mercy of “the grid.” Power outages can strike at any time, for almost any reason. Storms. Spikes in demand. Auto accidents or even animals damaging electrical boxes. Once you’re down, you lose everything until the power company can restore service.

With propane, you’re much more protected in case of emergency. Because it’s stored safely on your property in a tank, you can prepare for storms or expected increases in demand, and you don’t have to worry when power goes out in your neighborhood—you’re covered.

Propane Is Cleaner and More Environmentally Friendly

Propane is a clean-burning source of green energy. Although it’s technically a fossil fuel, propane is not listed as a greenhouse gas and produces minimal emissions.

By contrast, a large portion of the electric energy used in Michigan and around the country is produced in power plants using coal, oil, and other fuels that produce significantly more pollution than propane. Although this is slowly changing as renewable energy sources become more prominent, propane remains a much more environmentally friendly option now and for the foreseeable future.

If you’re thinking about expanding your use of propane in your home, please contact your local propane company to learn more about your options.