It’s clear that consumers are more and more interested in “going green,” whether that involves having a smaller carbon footprint or simply opting for companies with reputable recycling programs. According to a recent report, 73% of consumers have decided not to buy a product because it had (or seemed to have) a negative environmental impact.
For this reason, it makes sense to encourage consumers toward propane water heaters, and away from electric water heaters which typically are not as efficient in converting energy into hot water and have a longer recovery time. Heating water can account for up to 30% of a home’s energy expense, and propane heaters allow homeowners to save money as they use less energy to heat their water. And of course, there’s the advantage of having consistently hot water.
Propane: Increasingly Popular
Currently, propane services are used by about 60 million people in the U.S., a number that will likely increase as consumers continue to look for more eco-friendly alternatives to their existing water heaters. Propane has long been a popular solution among those living in mobile homes, with approximately 16% of these occupants relying on propane not only to heat their water, but their home as well.
Even More Energy Efficiency With Tankless Water Heaters
If you’ve heard about tankless water heaters, they are a good option if you are interested in energy efficiency. Consumer Reports tested a tankless heater and found that it was 22% more efficient than the traditional tank models. On the other hand, they point out that the difference in cost means that it can take several years for the energy savings to cover the higher cost of installation. For families concerned about their carbon footprint, through, contributing less to environmental change while also saving an average of $70 a year can translate into a good deal.