Incorporating propane-powered appliances in new home construction and remodels can result in fewer greenhouse gas (GHG), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, according to a report by the Propane Education & Research Council and the Gas Technology Institute. The report shows how propane compares to other fuel sources in residential applications such as space and water heating, clothes drying, and cooking.

“More and more homeowners are prioritizing efficiency and sustainability in their home buying and remodeling decisions,” said Jesse Marcus, PERC director of residential and commercial business development. “The data from this study reinforces propane’s use as a relevant and progressive energy solution for builders and remodelers who want to provide their customers with the most-efficient products.”

The report found that propane can offer lower emissions compared with electric alternatives. Propane-fueled space and water heating contributes 50 percent and 46 percent fewer GHG emissions than electric alternatives, respectively. When compared with electric, propane-fueled cooking ranges produce 83 percent fewer GHGs and SOx emissions. And propane clothes dryers contribute 42 percent fewer GHG emissions than electric dryers.

Use our interactive calculator to compare the cost and carbon emissions of propane space and water heating systems with those using electricity or fuel oil.

Read the full GTI study.