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Achieving Zero Net Energy: A Path Through Propane?

Propane may be a surprise player in green building's quest for zero-net-energy homes.

January 25, 2021
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Is achieving net-zero energy in a remodel on your resolution list? Look into propane. The director of the Propane Education and Research Council shares why, including propane's cost and performance. Watch the video to learn more.

Created in 1996 by an act of Congress, PERC exists to help educate both homeowners and professionals in home construction, including remodelers, on the realities of using propane and how the energy source fits into the overall green building picture. In Managing Editor James McClister's interview, he speaks with Bryan Cordill, director of residential and commercial business development for PERC, who walks the viewers through the costs, performance, and requirements of propane that make it a good fit for ZNE projects, as well as why a propane retrofit is worth the effort and why PERC is focusing its attention on the remodeling industry. Bryan answers specific questions about common concerns about propane like repairs and refilling; how it compares to electricity and natural gas; and where misconceptions about propane being an inefficient energy source come from. 

About the Author

About the Author

James McClister is managing editor for Professional Remodeler.



When I built my home my options to heat were either electric or propane. We chose propane and it was easily as efficient as electric at the time. Over the years price fluctuations and advancement it heating / cooling technologies made it less feasible to remain a propane customer. What the real tipping point was however was the price increase that came every fall just prior to getting my tank filled for the cold season to begin. Often the prices would nearly double overnight and the delivery drivers seem to be able to determine the price they charge. The whole thing seemed a little like I was being scammed so the best day was when I had my tank removed and was connected to natural gas and my heat cost were easily cut in half. I know the trend is away from generating co2 and reducing our "carbon footprint" but propane still heats by the burning of the fuel and now to add to that you have to factor in the need for the delivery of the product by very large trucks and the manipulation of the price of the fuel I'm not so sure that propane is as viable alternative as one might think.

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