Construction professionals can quickly find the most efficient, greenest home energy system for their clients by using the newly updated online Propane Energy Pod from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

The Propane Energy Pod compares in seconds the energy costs and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for one year for homes using propane, heating oil, and electricity. The Propane Energy Pod adds up the numbers for a homeowner’s five most common energy needs — space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, and fireplaces. The user can select either a 2,400- or a 3,600-square-foot home, and enter the county and state of the home.

The Propane Energy Pod instantly provides solid, reliable data on the energy consumption, Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score, and CO2 emissions for the home for one year. In addition, construction firms and propane marketers can easily place the Propane Energy Pod on their own websites or the websites of their clients.

Visit the Propane Energy Pod at, and input data for a 2,400-square-foot home in DuPage Co., Ill. In this cold climate state, the results are as follows:

Propane Electricity
One year cost $3,763 $3,943
HERS score* 66 86
CO2 emissions 16.9 23.6 metric tons

*A lower HERS score indicates less energy use.

“The Propane Energy Pod is a great tool for construction professionals as they research energy systems,” Bridget Scanlon, director of residential and commercial programs with PERC, said. “It provides the numbers that clients want as they choose the system for their home.”

The Propane Energy Pod is one of the five tools PERC offers through its Interactive Training Module at

PERC upgraded the Propane Energy Pod with the latest Environmental Protection Agency findings on optimum energy systems, including the Energy Star Most Efficient designated 97 AFUE propane furnace. The Propane Energy Pod also uses the EPA’s CO2 emissions statistics by state, giving users a more accurate representation of emissions in states where coal-fired power plants account for most of the electricity generation.

And a new Pod Plus Best Practices section offers design and building steps that can be applied now to produce cost-effective propane applications in the future. The recommendations offer low-cost and no-cost ways for homeowners to install whole-house backup power, garage heating, and outdoor living applications.