Propane fuel is a growing craze among homeowners. It is also a major selling point if you want to make your home more marketable for future sale. You should also make it a significant buying point when you want to purchase a home. When you are negotiating an offer, consider whether the owners have recently turned it into propane usage. If it has, you may need to convert some of the house appliances to propane usage as not all may be using it. Also, consider whether the fuel tank is family-owned or rented. The ownership will determine if you will be paying rental fees for the tank or purchase it with a one-off payment.
What appliances can you power using propane for your home?
You can use propane for home heating and outdoor heating. For home heating, you can use propane for radiant heat, furnaces, boilers, fireplaces, for drying clothes, and for cooking, for example, on a stove. You can also use it for heating water by use of tank-less and tank-style water heaters. For outdoor purposes, you can use it for barbeques and grills, outdoor lighting and generators, and other heating functions such as fireplaces, patio heaters, fire pits, and pools and spas.
Why is propane beneficial for your home? Below are several reasons;
It is economical
Propane fuel will last you longer than electricity. It heats much faster, which will help you save some money. Its appliances also cost much less and are easier to repair, service, and maintain.
It is convenient if you live in remote or off-grid areas
Many remote locations may not enjoy access to natural gas or electricity connections. Propane is readily available as it is a by-product of crude oil refining and natural gas processing. You can store as much fuel as your tank can hold to keep you going for a long time.
It is environmentally-friendly
Propane is clean energy which is non-toxic to the soil, water, and the environment.
How to keep your propane costs down
You should estimate how much propane you need in your home and buy the correct tank size. Ask your provider for advice on the best tank to buy. A larger tank can be more economical as you will have to fill up less frequently. Fill your tank before the cold weather sets in, to escape price hikes. Also, ensure the appliances you are using, such as your water heater, are energy-efficient.
Propane is safe for your home as it is highly regulated. You should source it from reliable service providers who ensure that the delivery system is safe. Maintain and check your appliances regularly to ensure they are good condition. Learn to recognize the smell of a leak and have a leak detector in your home to enhance safety. If you have an above-the-ground tank, you can fence it or put a hedge around it to keep it from interference. Otherwise, get a professional to bury it underground.