November 12, 2008
Cold Weather Energy Efficiency Options
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the mercury drops, the cost of heating your home will rise. With inevitable fluctuations in fuel prices, there is one thing that remains a constant: the superior heat and efficiency of propane. Propane is a proven, readily available, environmentally friendly fuel that can help your home become more energy efficient.
Ninety-eight percent of American homeowners believe it is important that their home be as energy efficient as possible, according to a 2008 survey conducted by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Fortunately, propane offers more efficient energy with fewer emissions than other energy sources. And, as far as green house gas emissions, propane and natural gas emit less carbon dioxide than any other fossil fuels.
"Propane's performance can translate into real cost savings for homeowners," said Kate Caskin, senior vice president of PERC. "After all, propane tankless water heaters cost up to 60 percent less to operate than a standard electric unit."
PERC offers homeowners simple steps to help control their energy bills during cooler weather and year-round:
-- Discuss fuel payment plan options with your propane retailer. Many retailers have budget payment plans that will help spread your projected annual cost of propane over many months -- which helps lower the cost of seasonally higher bills, such as during the cold winter months. -- Arrange a regular propane delivery schedule with your propane supplier. Propane delivery throughout the year helps offset higher season pricing. -- Explore government tax credits and state rebates for high-efficiency home improvements. -- The federal government has extended many of the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives for qualifying home improvements. This includes an extension of the tax credit for high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, such as propane water heaters and furnaces (covering improvements installed in 2009, but not 2008). For more information on these tax credits, visit http://www.energytaxincentives.org/. -- Many state propane associations offer additional rebates of up to $800 for installing energy-efficient propane water heaters and furnaces. Visit http://www.usepropane.com/ to see if your state offers such an incentive. -- Consider switching to a tankless water heater. Since tankless propane water heaters heat water on demand rather than storing hot water in a tank, they can lower household energy bills by up to 60 percent and save the average family 10 to 20 percent of its daily water use. And not only will you cut back on water waste, the use of propane water heaters generates 60 percent fewer earth-damaging carbon emissions than electric-powered heaters. -- Take heat with you -- where you need it, when you need it. Propane space heaters let you heat the space you are using rather than heating your whole home, which saves energy while you maintain maximum comfort. Space heaters also can provide necessary spot treatment when you need a little extra warmth.
For additional information about making your home more energy efficient for the winter, please visit http://www.usepropane.com/.
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Propane Education & Research Council
CONTACT: Lauren Moniri, +1-202-973-1372, for the Propane Education &Research Council
Web Site: http://www.energytaxincentives.org/http://www.usepropane.com/