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What’s the Difference Between Propane and Electricity?

How does propane stack up against electricity?

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Many people know that propane can be used for grilling, but aren’t familiar with any of its other capabilities. It makes sense that you may not realize that propane can be used for many of the same purposes as electricity, and can largely replace your reliance on electricity, saving you lots of money on energy costs for your home or business. Read on to learn more about how propane stacks up against electricity, and what that could mean for you.


One of the best factors about propane, when compared with electricity, is its reliability. If you have a full propane tank serviced by a reputable fuel provider, you won’t have to worry about losing heat or power during bad weather or problems with your utility service. Unlike with the electric grid, you control your propane supply, with the help of your fuel provider. At AC Howell, we offer automatic delivery, so you’ll never have an unexpected propane runout.


Propane is more energy-efficient than electricity because the heat propane produces is warmer and lasts longer. That’s because propane produces far more BTU’s (measured unit of heat) per dollar than electricity. When your home FEELS warmer, it requires less energy to produce the level of warmth you prefer – and that means fewer dollars spent to generate the heat you need. Propane is also more cost-efficient because there are no hidden fees and mysterious monthly charges. You pay for the propane and services you require – that’s it.


Electricity generation is a major contributor to greenhouse gases, but you wouldn’t know that because it’s marketed as an eco-friendly choice when compared with traditional fossil fuels. It’s true that electricity doesn’t generate any emissions when used – but that’s not the full picture. The truth is that electricity plants themselves burn lots of fossil fuels to generate the electricity, before it arrives at your home or business. Propane, on the other hand, is considered a green fuel source because it has nearly net-zero harmful emissions throughout its entire “lifespan,” from its generation – propane is a naturally occurring gas – to its usage.


In addition to its eco-friendliness, propane continues to be studied and refined for use as a renewable fuel source. New discoveries and technological advances mean that forms of renewable propane incorporating animal bi-products, biomass, fats and vegetable oils are currently being developed and will become more widespread in the future.

Versatility, comfort and safety

For many people, electricity is the first thing they think of when it comes to powering appliances in their home. It shouldn’t be that way because propane gives you environmental friendliness, energy efficiency and better performance!

  • Propane water heaters heat more water faster than their electric counterparts.
  • Propane tankless water heaters give you endless hot water whenever you need it for however long you need it.
  • Propane clothes dryers get your laundry dry about 25% faster than comparable electric dryers.
  • Propane ranges give you precise, instant temperature control that no electric range ever can.
  • Get a cozy, warm fire in a propane fireplace by just pushing a button.
  • A propane whole-house backup generator lets you keep your home safe and comfortable during power outages.

Let A.C. Howell show you why propane is tops!

From Port Jervis to Pine Bush and all around Orange County, A.C. Howell gives our customers the responsive, respectful propane delivery and equipment service they deserve.

Contact us today to get the benefits of propane plus reliable delivery and professional, courteous service when you become a customer.