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Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, creating the ultimate dream home is no small task. Regardless of the project’s scope and size, diligent research is necessary to help you make the best decisions along the home building or remodeling journey — including what energy source you’ll use to power your home’s appliances.
Millions of Americans are saving money and reducing their impact on the environment by using propane to power their homes, and you can too. Propane is a clean, efficient, and reliable energy source that many homeowners trust to heat their homes, as well as power other appliances throughout the home.
Follow these eight steps to help your home project get started in the right direction.
1. Carefully select a builder or remodeler.
The first, and possibly most important, step is to select the right home building or remodeling professional. You can start by reaching out to the Home Builders Association (HBA) in your area or finding a local remodeler through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
2. Create a plan.
Let your contractor know right off the bat that you’re wanting to include propane appliances in your build or remodel — doing so will ensure they’re including propane in their plans from the get-go.
3. Connect with your local propane supplier.
Find your local propane supplier and include him or her in the planning process from the beginning. Your propane supplier will be able to keep your project timeline on track and guide you through many of the details.
4. Set a realistic timeline.
Discuss the timeline specifics and flow of milestones with all parties: you, your propane supplier, and your builder.
5. Establish a written contract.
Important details like timeline and costs should be documented in writing. If your state doesn’t require a written contract (most states do), you should still ask for one.
6. Choose your appliances.
Choosing home appliances can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the project, so have fun with it. Create an appliance wish list, consider what’s most important to you in an appliance, and do your research. Propane appliances can offer you greater comfort and reliability, not to mention increased efficiency and energy savings compared with electric appliances.
7. Get to know the terms.
Energy Star: Products receive an Energy Star label by meeting strict energy efficiency criteria created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Department of Energy. These products use less energy, save you money on your electric bill, and help the environment by producing fewer emissions.
Energy Factor (EF): This measures the overall energy efficiency of an appliance like water heaters, for example. EF factors in recovery efficiency, standby losses, and cycling losses. The more efficient the appliance, the higher the EF.
Annual operating costs (AOC): Your AOC will depend on your fuel source and EF. You can learn more about AOC at energy.gov.
8. Have your appliances installed.
Finally, after purchasing your appliances, you should have them installed by a qualified technician. Installing or making repairs on your propane appliances isn’t a DIY job.
Take your project from dream to reality with these eight steps. And know that you can make your dream home even better than imagined by choosing to build or remodel with propane.
Find more tips about building or remodeling with propane appliances here.