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Propane Vs. Electric

Propane vs. Electric

Did you know that most home comfort appliances that run on electricity can also run on propane gas – and that they will usually perform better with less environmental impact than their electric-powered counterparts?

When it comes to your home, you want it safe and comfortable for your family and a warm, inviting place for your friends. When making improvements to your home, quality is one of your biggest concerns. However, cost factors into the equation, as well. 

Deciding between propane vs. electric energy for a home is a common debate for homeowners who want to be both cost-effective and energy-efficient. 

One budget-friendly option to increase your family’s comfort and improve quality of life is converting to propane from electricity. If you’re wondering whether there’s a better, more efficient, more cost-effective way to heat your home, you will want to check out these five advantages that propane has to offer.

Though the two energy sources are comparable in many ways, they are distinct in others as well.

What are the benefits of converting your home from electric to propane?


Heating your home with propane means choosing a high-efficiency fuel that provides more consistent and comfortable warmth. According to the Propane Education & Research Council, a high-efficiency propane heater rates between 90-98% efficiency and heats air to temperatures near 120 degrees Fahrenheit. That is significantly warmer than electric heat pumps that heat below body temperature (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit).


Propane is a more efficient fuel, so, as a result, it costs less to run. Additionally, propane appliances generally enjoy a longer lifespan than their electric counterparts, saving you money and giving you peace of mind. What’s more, credits and incentives are often available for high-efficiency propane furnaces in both new construction and system replacements.

No other fuel heats your home and powers your appliances better than propane. Plus, a propane-fueled furnace will last about 5 to 10 years longer than an electric heat pump.


Propane is an incredibly versatile fuel that is becoming a popular alternative to oil, electric, and natural gas as a means for heating homes or small living spaces, especially for those who live in the northern states who rely on their heating and use it more often.

Not only is propane a great source of heat for your home, but you can also use it to power appliances, including stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, backup power generators, fire pits, pools, and more. This means that propane can help you create memories snuggled around the fireplace, and it can also make you feel like a pro in the kitchen.


Switching to propane means you no longer have to worry about tree branches falling on powerlines and knocking out your power during an ice storm. You never have to worry about fueling your home’s essential systems, even when the electrical grid is down. With propane, it just works. Furthermore, you can choose to receive automatic deliveries, which means you can rest easy knowing we’ll monitor your tank and ensure you have the propane you need when you need it.


We’re all looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and propane helps us do that. The Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 endorse propane as a clean alternative fuel. When you choose propane, you prevent the emission of the significant greenhouse gasses you have with other fuel sources.

Because propane is a non-toxic, non-poisonous fuel, it poses zero threats to soil or groundwater. Also, propane tanks can be buried underground, hiding them from view without environmental risk. Propane is a clean, environmentally-friendly fuel, so you can rest easy knowing you’re caring for your family and the environment at the same time.

Your Propane Expert

Great Valley Propane has been your premier provider for propane guidance, service, and products in Pennsylvania and Maryland since 2006. We provide you access to affordable, efficient, and safe propane home-heating systems. Our friendly and highly knowledgeable team members can walk you through propane and a variety of home-heating decisions — any time of year. 

Do you want to know more about the benefits of propane vs. electric heating? Are you interested in converting your old electric appliances to propane? Converting from electric to propane is easy – and more affordable than you think! Contact us today to learn more.