Residential homes can emit far fewer greenhouse gas (GHG), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by incorporating propane-powered appliances in homebuilding and remodeling, according to a study commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council.

“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.”

From August 2016 to January 2017, PERC contracted with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) to execute a comparative emissions analysis study of propane residential applications. The study leveraged tools and reports under GTI’s Carbon Management Information Center consortium, including its Source Energy and Emissions Analysis Tool (SEEAT). SEEAT uses government and published data sources to estimate emissions associated with the full-fuel-cycle. The study analyzed greenhouse gases, NOx, and SOx produced by four categories of appliances: space heating, water heating, clothes dryers, and ranges. It found the following emissions reductions with propane appliances.

Space Heating.

  • GHG: 50 percent less than electric furnaces.
  • NOx: 35 percent less than electric furnaces.
  • SOx: 82 percent less than electric furnaces.

Water Heating.

  • GHG: 46 percent less than electric storage tank water heaters.
  • NOx: 25 percent less than electric water heaters.


  • GHG: 83 percent less than electric ranges.
  • SOx: 83 percent less than electric ranges.

Clothes Dryers.

  • GHG: 42 percent less than electric clothes dryers.
  • NOx: 23 percent less than electric clothes dryers.
  • SOx: 83 percent less than electric clothes dryers.

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About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit