The Benefits of Propane
From cozy comfort to a price that's nice, there are so many "pros" to propane ... especially when compared with heating oil.
Propane is more cost-effective than heating oil.When you compare heating oil vs. propane on a BTU-per-BTU basis, fuel oil generates more heat. However, most oil boilers average about 85% efficiency at best, while gas boilers can produce an efficiency of 95% or more. In addition, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, during the 2010-11 heating season, residential propane prices in New England averaged 20 cents lower than oil heat prices. It is also interesting to note that, because oil requires more sophisticated burner systems than gas does to be fired efficiently, oil-fired heating appliances typically cost more than their gas-fired competitors.
Propane appliances don't need chimneys.While oil boilers and furnaces need to vent through a chimney, propane appliances can vent through the wall with PVC pipe.
Propane is more versatile than heating oil.It can be used to power so many things:
Propane is clean.Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane also is nontoxic, so it's not harmful to soil or water. Additionally, propane is cleaner than heating oil. With an oil furnace, an annual cleaning and service call is truly necessary, because the soot needs to be removed from the heat exchanger and the oil spray nozzle should be replaced. Propane furnaces do not have the same maintenance needs as oil furnaces.
Propane is warmer than electric.A propane gas furnace heats air to about 130°F to 140°F and operates in short intervals to minimize operating costs. An electric heat pump produces heat below body temperature (98.6°F), so the air actually feels cool when placing your hand in front of a vent.
Propane is more dependable than electric.Propane can be stored safely in a tank on your property, while electricity is subject to power outages. Reliable propane works when and where other energy sources don't because it goes where "the grid" doesn't go.
Propane is efficient.Many propane furnaces have an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) of 95 or higher and many boilers have an AFUE of 90 or higher. When you upgrade to a high-efficiency propane furnace or boiler, you could lower your energy costs by up to 30 percent! What's more, high-efficiency propane-fired units qualify for tax credits and other incentives that can pay a portion of your purchase and installation costs.
Propane is safe.Propane has quite a remarkable safety record, due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In addition, award-winning preventive maintenance programs like GASCheck™ (Gas Appliance System Check) ensure that homeowners understand how to properly maintain their propane appliances and enjoy a healthy, safe environment."
Purchasing propane means "buying American."Most propane used in the United States is produced domestically, with only about 15 percent imported from overseas.
With propane, what you see is what you get.While natural gas is measured in unfamiliar "therms" and electricity is measured in hard-to-understand "kilowatt hours," propane is measured in familiar "gallons" and propane bills don't contain any of those mysterious charges you might find on utility bills.
Propane is customer-friendly.With propane, you receive prompt personalized service from us ... New England Propane, where our trained "propane pros" are ready to assist you.
CT Gross Receipts Tax NoticeWe have been advised that the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, in their most recent budget session, failed to pass legislation to eliminate a tax that affects Connecticut propane customers. Only those who have multiple uses off of a propane tank that also feeds a generator are affected.
Connecticut is assessing a Gross Receipts Tax (aka Gross Earnings Tax) whenever we deliver to a tank connected to a generator, even if it also supplies an exempt heating use (such as home, pool, hot water, cooking, etc.). This tax, currently 8.81%, will now be assessed on your delivery ticket where applicable.
Per Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-587, in order to be exempt from this tax, the propane "must be used exclusively for heating purposes". Because the propane to a generator produces electricity and not heat, this tax has always been assessed on deliveries to tanks which solely supply generators.
Representatives from the CT membership of the Propane Gas Association of New England met with DRS staff earlier this month to get a firm understanding of their position on this matter, and it was made clear that the State will be assessing the tax for deliveries into multiple use generator tanks until such time as the tax law is changed. We will be continuing our efforts to seek a legislative fix in the 2016 session.
If your non-generator use is significant and is shared from a tank that also supplies your generator, and you'd like to explore getting a separate tank just for your generator, please call us so we can come out and prepare a proposal for you.
We appreciate your understanding on this matter and please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.