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Propane Education and Research Council

For builders and residential architects, propane provides the performance your customers demand and the comfort and efficiency that sets your projects apart. And with propane, you’re not at the mercy of a public utility. Propane professionals can install properly sized propane storage and connect home appliances and other applications on your build schedule. Storage tanks can be placed aboveground or buried underground, and large community propane systems can even be designed to fuel an entire development. Propane also provides jobsite flexibility by providing gas energy for portable generators and temporary construction heaters.

  • Propane Water Heating

    By choosing energy-efficient propane storage tank or tankless water heating systems over standard electric water heaters, homeowners can significantly reduce their energy costs. Propane tankless water heaters eliminate standby energy losses that occur in storage tank systems. They are compact and wall-mounted to free up floor space, provide superior energy efficiency, and deliver an endless supply of hot water. And while Energy Star–qualified propane storage tank water heaters are more compact in size than electric units, they are not small on performance: a 50-gallon propane unit delivers the same amount of hot water as an 80-gallon electric unit.

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  • Propane Fireplaces

    Propane fireplaces are a smart choice to complement a home’s heating system. They offer cost-effective installation with the ability to direct-vent (no chimney needed) which means propane fireplaces can safely fit in any room of the house. They can also have efficiency levels of more than 90% vs the 15% efficiency of traditional wood-burning open fireplaces. Propane fireplaces are an effective complement to a home’s main heating system with the added bonus of fireplace ambience. 

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  • Propane Home Appliances

    Propane cooking equipment provides convenience, sharp design, and excellent performance in any kitchen. Propane also offers commercial-grade ranges, indoor grill and cooktops, in-wall double ovens, and other gas cooking applications in luxurious custom kitchens. And with gas cooking being the choice of professional chefs, it’s no wonder homeowners love the performance offered in propane cooking equipment. Precise temperature controls allow chefs to quickly switch from searing to simmering, and instant-on and instant-off burners allow cooking and cooling to start right away. This provides a safety feature not found in electric cooktops.

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  • Propane Power Generation

    Micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) systems push past the efficiency boundaries of traditional heating or water-heating systems. These cogeneration systems produce both heat and power simultaneously, allowing them to surpass the energy savings of even the most efficient boilers. One benefit common to all micro-CHP systems is that they utilize an on-site fuel source such as propane to generate the heat and power, eliminating the efficiency losses between a power plant and a home and leading to a lower carbon footprint. They also provide a low-cost, dependable power source that won’t go down with the grid.

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