Homeowners Prefer Gas as their Home Energy Source

Propane Council Releases Study during International Builders' Show in Dallas, Texas


Dallas, TX, January 14, 2000-The majority of homeowners say that if given a choice between gas, electricity and oil, they would choose gas as their home energy source, according to a December, 1999 survey conducted by International Communications Research on behalf of the Propane Education & Research Council. However, the same survey showed that a majority of homebuilders are not currently offering gas or oil to their customers.

The Propane Education & Research Council is announcing the survey findings in conjunction with its participation in the International Builders' Show, held in Dallas, Texas, January 14-17 by the National Association of Home Builders. The Council is jointly sponsoring an exhibit with the National Propane Gas Association, American Gas Association, GRI (formerly the Gas Research Institute), the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, and several gas appliance manufacturers.

"It's not surprising that homeowners would choose gas for their energy needs," says Propane Education & Research Council President Roy Willis. "Propane and natural gas are the fuels that will best meet the needs of consumers in the 21st century. More homeowners are becoming aware that they have different energy options, and they trust gas because it is a good value, clean-burning, efficient, and reliable," added Willis. "At the same time, our research shows that we in the propane industry must strengthen our educational efforts and show homebuilders the many proven benefits of offering consumers propane gas homes."

Homeowners named cost and efficiency as the two most important factors in choosing power options. This explains why the majority would select gas, says Willis. "Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy projected that on a nationwide average, it would cost more than twice as much to operate your range, water heater, dryer or furnace with electricity than with propane gas. This kind of savings can make a big impact on the family budget."

Gas is a versatile fuel that is used inside and outside the home for many different uses including home and water heating, cooking, clothes drying, pool/sauna heating, fireplaces, grilling and more. According to the survey, most people use gas in their home as follows:

  • Space Heating 72%
  • Stove/Oven Cooking 52%
  • Water Heater 33%
  • Clothes Dryer 9%
  • Grill/Barbecue 5%
  • Fireplace 5%

The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Public Law 104-284, the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA), signed into law on October 11, 1996. The mission of the Propane Education & Research Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source.

For more information about the Propane Council, please call 202-452-8975 or visit the website www.propanecouncil.org.