Research and Insights

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Propane Energy Pod Homes

The Propane Energy Pod is a model for new construction that treats a home’s five key areas of energy use—space heating, water heating, cooking, fireplaces, and clothes drying—as parts of a whole-home energy package. Just as an unbroken thermal envelope is essential to maintaining a home’s comfortable indoor climate, the Propane Energy Pod’s five-in-one method creates a combined effect that benefits the entire home.

Underground Propane Tanks

Unlike some other residential energy sources, propane is nontoxic and insoluble in water. Because it is released as a gas, it doesn’t spill, pool, or leave a residue. This means that, in the unlikely event of a release, propane is not harmful to soil or water—characteristics that make storing propane in underground tanks especially appealing for those seeking an environmentally friendly, reliable energy supply that supports many of the most efficient appliances and heating systems on the market.

Tax Incentives and Rebates for Energy Efficient Propane Building Systems

Tax credits and other financial incentives available from federal, state, and local sources encourage the installation of energy-efficient propane applications in new and existing homes. This fact sheet describes currently active programs and calculates the total credit amount that builders and homeowners can expect in best-case scenarios.

Whole-House Analysis of Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

Decisions on where and when to invest in residential efficiency upgrades can be difficult for a homeowner, especially when it comes to paying a premium for higher efficiency equipment. This study is intended to serve as a guide for answering questions related to prioritizing energy upgrades for existing homes. Taking a homeowner’s perspective, the study evaluated dozens of energy-efficiency upgrades (referred to as “energy-efficiency measures” or EEMs). Through the application of building energy simulation tools and additional analysis, a full range of EEMs were evaluated for their energy, economic, and environmental performance at 10 locations across the continental United States covering different climates. The objective of the study was to provide a credible performance analysis of competing EEMs, with added focus on the performance of propane systems.

Residential Water Heating Systems

Water heaters typically get replaced every 12 to 15 years, which gives remodeling contractors an opportunity to talk to homeowners about upgrading to more efficient propane systems. This study from Newport Partners provides an energy, environmental, and economic analysis of 11 water heating systems in 10 U.S. locations so that builders, contractors, and homeowners can make informed decisions on replacement systems.

Heating-Oil Conversions: Evaluating the Alternatives

This executive fact sheet is designed to help you meet the rising demand for heating-oil conversions. Discover why the demand for heating-oil conversions is expected to rise substantially over the next five years. Learn why propane heating equipment costs less to purchase and operate than heating-oil equipment — and how propane systems can reduce a home’s carbon footprint and eliminate the risk of heating-oil spills.

Propane-Enhanced Renewable Energy Systems

Learn more about propane-enhanced solar thermal, bio-mass heating, heat pump, and micro combined heat and power systems (micro-CHP). In each case, propane-fueled equipment plays a vital role in delivering the comfort, convenience, and value consumers expect.

Comparative Heating Systems Study

This study evaluates 14 heating systems in 16 locations across the United States in both new and existing homes. The results suggest some surprising facts about which systems and energy sources deliver the fastest rates of return on initial investment.

Propane Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study

The results of this study by Energetics Inc. show that propane is among the most attractive options for avoiding greenhouse gas emissions in every application considered. Propane’s short lifetime in the atmosphere and low carbon content distinguish it from other fuel sources as an important energy option in a carbon-constrained world.