Looking to Remodel Your Home? Learn How to Incorporate Propane into Your Renovation to Save Money

If you’re taking on a remodeling project for your home, you know all too well how expensive it can be. According to 2020 statistics provided by HomeGuide, whole home renovations range from $15,000 to $200,000 depending on square footage and the scope of the work. Kitchen renovations can cost upwards of $50,000, and bathrooms $25,000.

Is there any way to save money when it comes to home renovations?

Fortunately, there are things you can do to save money when it comes to a home remodel. One of these things is to choose propane over other energy sources. In addition to propane being a greener alternative to natural gas or electric, energy-efficient propane can save you money since the cost of propane is less than other options. Home heating units powered by propane also last about twice as long as units that run on electricity (20 years vs. 10 years in most cases), so you’ll save money on replacing a unit in the long run.

Tankless hot water heater, propane fireplaces, and propane gas stoves all help you incorporate propane into your home renovation. They also save you money and bring you a reliable, affordable energy source for your cooking, home heating, heat-source alternative, and hot water heating needs.

a propane gas stove

Energy Efficiency of Propane

So, exactly how energy efficient is propane?

Basically, it will cost you less to run appliances that run on propane as compared to other energy sources. For instance, propane burns warmer than electricity. If you have a propane home heating system, your unit is not going to run as long to produce the warm air you’re seeking as compared to an electrical heating system.

The same goes for a propane water heater as opposed to an electric unit. If you choose a tankless water heater system powered by propane, you’re going to have an “on-demand” system. This means that you’re only heating the water you need as you use it. In a traditional tank water heater running on electricity, you’re using energy to keep water heated in your tank that you’re not currently using. See how inefficient that is?

Even a propane fireplace is more affordable compared to a wood-burning fireplace. With the latter, you’ll have the cost of buying enough firewood over a season, not to mention delivery fees if applicable. What’s more, a wood-burning fireplace costs more than a propane gas fireplace insert. And your gas fireplace will burn far less propane than your wood-burning unit. With this in mind, you’re literally burning more of your money the longer you run your wood-burning fireplace as compared to your gas model.

Products Fueled by Propane in Your Home

As already noted, you can power a home heating system, water heater, and gas fireplace with propane. But do you have other options when it comes to incorporating propane if you’re renovating your home?

The answer is a resounding YES. In fact, any product you can run with electricity or another energy source can be powered with propane.

Take your stove. Why use electricity when you can cook using more efficient, cleaner propane? Your propane gas stove could save you up to half on your energy bill as compared to an electric stove. If you do a lot of cooking at home, it’s a no-brainer to go with a propane gas stove. If a kitchen remodel is included in your home renovation project, now is the time to switch over to a gas stove.

Have a generator as an emergency power source should your lights go out? Yes, you can power that with propane gas, too. And propane burns at half the rate of natural gas, so you’re getting more efficiency and bang for your buck when you use a propane generator.

    Other appliances that can be switched to propane from electric or natural gas include:

  • Outdoor grills
  • Specialty cookers
  • Pool heaters
  • Outdoor fireplaces
  • Outdoor lighting (walkway lighting, pool lighting, landscape lighting, patio or front porch lighting)

Why You Should Make the Switch

If you’re remodeling your home, now is the time to make the switch to the cleanest, least expensive, most efficient energy source available: propane.

One reason to make the switch now is convenience. Is your kitchen included in the remodel?

You’re most likely getting all new appliances, so now’s the time to select a propane gas oven or cooktop since you’ll be getting appliances delivered/installed anyway.

Have walls opened? Now is the time to run gas lines for your appliances, such as a fireplace. Already have a wood-burning fireplace? Great, all you need is a propane gas insert. Easy! And if you’re going with a tankless water heater system, remodeling is a perfect time to add as many units as you need to satisfy your daily hot water usage.

Why else should you make the switch?

Let’s say you live in North Carolina. You can choose Diversified Energy as your propane gas retailer; you can depend on Diversified for excellent customer service and reliable propane delivery (a watchdog system gets propane delivered on a pre-arranged usage-based schedule to ensure you never run out), along with expert installation and maintenance service. And we’ve already discussed the money-saving aspects of going propane.

When it comes to asking “Why make the switch?”, the more appropriate question might be: “Why not?”