Propane vs Electricity

Written on: October 24, 2022

Which Is the Best Choice for Your Home?

propane home heating new york At the forefront of many homeowners’ minds is the debate between propane and electricity for powering their homes. This is especially true if you’re trying to make a cost-effective and energy-efficient choice. There are several reasons why propane makes an ideal choice for energizing your home. Keep reading and we’ll explore why—especially as compared to electricity.


Propane is exceptionally versatile. There’s so much it can do in and around your home. Inside your home it can provide heat and hot water, dry your clothes, and cook your meals. Outside your home, propane can power your pool heater, space heater, grill, fire pit, and lighting. And since it’s safe and portable, you can take it camping, tailgating, and more. There’s so much it can do!


Propane is efficient and eco-friendly. That makes propane good for the environment (and your budget). Part of what makes propane more eco-friendly than electricity is the fact that propane is a primary energy source while electricity is a secondary energy source. That means propane can be used as it is, but electricity must be created. In the US, coal-burning power plants are the second-largest source of electricity. Those power plants have an adverse effect on the environment.

Powerful & Efficient

Electricity is no match for propane when it comes to the number of BTUs generated. It takes less propane versus electricity to generate the same amount of heat energy. Because propane is a more efficient way to heat your home, using propane versus electricity means you’ll have lower bills and produce fewer carbon emissions.

Propane appliances are significantly more efficient than their electric counterparts. A propane clothes dryer saves you time, money, and energy by drying your clothes 25% faster than an electric dryer can. Propane clothes dryers are also gentler on your fabrics and lead to less static cling. You’ll also have fewer wrinkles, so you’ll spend less time and energy ironing.

Propane Is Better at Heating Your Home & Water

Autumn is here, and before you know it, you’ll be turning up the heat in your Hudson Valley home (if you haven’t already). When the harsher days of winter arrive, you want to know if your heating system can get the job done.

Propane furnaces are extremely efficient heating systems. The colder it gets, the more they outperform electric heating systems. Electric heat pumps simply don’t work as well when the outside temperatures approach freezing.

Your family depends on having an abundant supply of warm water for bathing, washing dishes, etc. Propane water heaters outperform electric water heaters. In fact, a propane water heater can produce twice as much hot water as an electric water heater in the same amount of time.

Additionally, it costs about 30% less to operate a propane water heater than an electric water heater. And a tankless propane water heater can save you even more money while providing a limitless supply of hot water. That’s especially great for large households.

Propane Is the Clear Winner

There are several reasons propane is a good choice for powering your home. Propane heats your home and your water more efficiently than electricity does. However, there’s another reason propane is a clear winner compared to electricity. Power outages, especially after major storms, are becoming more and more common. If there’s a power outage, you can still cook your food on your propane grill. And if you have a whole-house propane generator, you can keep all of your appliances running during an electrical outage.

Downey Is Here for You

Propane is the clear choice for your home, and Downey Energy is the clear choice among propane providers. You can count on Downey Energy for dependable propane delivery in the Hudson Valley New York from Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County,

When you’re a Downey Energy customer, you get propane delivery you can count on. Contact us today to learn more.