‘Energy Savings Calculator’ Helps Homeowners Weigh Home Energy Options


New Web-based Application Demonstrates the Cost-Efficiency of Propane


November 28, 2001

Washington, D.C.— The Propane Education & Research Council (Council) today unveiled its Web-based “Energy Savings Calculator,” an application enabling homebuyers and sellers to calculate the cost differences among energy options in manufactured and site-built homes.

This easy-to-use tool, accessible on the Web at www.usepropane.com, allows the homeowner to select the variables that affect energy-efficiency, such as style of home, size, location, construction quality and number of occupants. Then, with a simple button click, the calculator compares propane and electricity costs for a variety of pre-selected applications including water heaters, furnaces, ranges and fireplaces.

“We are proud to make this research tool available to consumers,” said Council President Roy Willis. “Homeowners deciding on an energy source face some conflicting messages in the marketplace. With the Energy Savings Calculator, information is simply presented and clearly defined. By showing which energy source offers the greatest value, the Energy Savings Calculator can help homeowners make the best choices for their families.”

National average prices of propane and electricity, determined by the U.S. Department of Energy, are provided for cost comparison calculations, but local prices can also be entered to provide site-specific evaluations.

The following table shows the annual energy cost savings when using propane-fueled appliances in seven U.S. cities. In this example, calculations were made for a manufactured home measuring 1,200 square feet with average insulation. The calculations include the costs of propane heat versus an electric heat pump, propane versus electric water heating, propane versus electric clothes drying, and propane versus electric cooking.

Propane Energy Cost Savings


City  Orlando, FL    Columbia, SC   Tulsa, OK   Indianapolis, IN Madison, WI Portland, ME Sacramento, CA 
Propane Home            $1,225              $1,383          $1,577                  $1,686              $1,984              $1,927                   $1,138
Electric Home            $1,566              $1,741          $1,975                  $2,124               $2,471             $2,406                   $1,471
Annual Savings               $341                 $358             $398                     $437                  $487                $479                      $333
Savings over appliance life                  $5,115              $5,375          $5,970                  $6,560               $7,305             $7,190                   $4,995


As indicated in the table, the annual energy cost savings can be significant when using propane appliances. These annual savings will more than pay for the propane appliances over their lifetimes.

The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of Public Law 104-284, the Propane Education and Research Act, signed into law on October 11, 1996. The mission of the Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of propane as a preferred energy source through investments in research, safety and consumer education initiatives.