Propane Comparison

Propane compared to most other energy sources works harder and costs less.

On average, propane costs less per BTU than electricity. It burns hotter and more evenly than many other fuels. Propane gas heats comfortably and fuels everything from the stove to the water heater.

Better yet, propane appliances have a shorter energy-savings payback period. In a direct propane comparison, you pay less for your energy and save money each time you use it. Four out of five consumers can recover the cost of installing propane appliances within 18 months of buying their home.

Propane Gas Stove

Below you’ll find the annual energy comparison and savings between propane and electricity.

Compare Propane vs Electricity Costs in Water Heaters

People in
Household
Usage Propane1 Electricity2 Savings
2 180 $423 $437 $14
3-5 300 $705 $729 $24
5+ 420 $987 $1,021 $34

Compare Propane vs Electricity Costs in Ranges & Ovens

People in
Household
Usage Propane Electricity Savings
2 60 $141 $146 $5
3-5 75 $176 $182 $6
5+ 85 $200 $207 $7

Compare Propane vs Electricity Costs in Clothes Dryer

People in
Household
Usage Propane Electricity Savings
2 96 $227 $233 $6
3-5 120 $282 $292 $10
5+ 165 $386 $401 $15

Compare Propane vs Electricity Costs in Home Heating (Space Heater vs. Baseboard)

Size of Area Usage Propane Electricity Savings
800 sq. ft. 200 $470 $486 $16
1000 sq. ft. 250 $588 $608 $20
1200 sq. ft. 300 $705 $729 $24

Compare Propane vs Electricity Costs in Forced Air Furnace

Size of Household Usage Propane Electricity Savings
1500 sq. ft. 375 $881 $911 $30
2000 sq. ft. 500 $1,175 $1,215 $40
2500 sq. ft. 625 $1,469 $1,519 $50

Note: The above figures are in gallons and based on national averages furnished by appliance manufacturers. Individual results and your actual usage may vary when comparing propane and other energy sources.

1 Source: EIA.gov, US Propane Residential Price, Nov. 2013
2 Source: EIA.gov, US Electricity Residential Price, Dec. 2012