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How Propane Water Heaters Stack Up Against Electric Models

If you already enjoy the comforts of using propane appliances in your home for cooking, space heating, or outdoor living, you might want to think about upgrading your water heater to propane, too.

When put them next to each other, electric water heaters just can’t deliver on the efficiency, emissions, and better comfort that a propane appliance can.

Energy Efficiency

Think of all the ways you use hot water in your home: in the kitchen, in the bath and shower, and for laundry. With a propane water heater, you can cut your energy bills significantly. Energy Star propane units save about 13 percent to 20 percent in annual energy costs, compared with standard electric models.


You can feel good about your home’s environmental footprint when you’re using propane to power your appliances, too. A propane water heater alone will cut your CO2 emissions by nearly half when compared to an electric unit.

Better Comfort

There’s no need to worry anymore if you’re last in line for the shower. A propane water heater easily provides abundant hot water for every person in your family — and takes up less space to do it. For example, a 40-gallon propane unit delivers the same amount of hot water as a 50-gallon electric unit.

Watch the video for propane versus electric water heaters.