Buying a Propane or Heating Oil Powered Home
Written on: November 8, 2021
Reasons to Avoid an Electric-Powered House
The electrification movement is taking root across the country. It’s the push for homes to rely fully on electric equipment. If you’re trying to buy a home in central Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire, you’ll need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of an electric-powered home. Before you jump on the electrification bandwagon, let’s take a look at some of the ways electricity falls short.
Heating Oil & Propane vs Electricity
There are a number of reasons to choose a home powered by propane or heating oil. Here are a few things to consider when comparing a home that uses heating oil or propane to one that only uses electricity:
- Power outages are happening with increasing regularity. The US electric grid is flawed and can’t be counted on with 100% confidence, especially after an extreme weather event. If a massive storm leaves your New England neighborhood in the dark, you won’t want to be electricity dependent. You’ll want to have a source of heat and power that you can depend on every day of the year—no matter what. Heating oil and propane give you that dependability. Whether you’re an automatic or will call delivery customer, you can depend on Brideau Energy to get you the fuel you need, even when you can’t count on the electric company.
- A boiler or furnace powered by heating oil is more practical than an electric heat pump in places like New England. Electric heat pumps become significantly less effective when the temperature approaches zero degrees. Compared to a system powered by heating oil, an electric heat pump simply won’t warm your home as effectively during a harsh New England winter.
- If the home you decide to purchase may need a new heating system soon, consider this: Installing a heat pump is extremely expensive. On average, a new heat pump costs $20,000. On the other hand, you can purchase a new, highly efficient boiler or furnace for less than half that amount and still reduce your carbon footprint.
- Appliances that run on propane are extremely efficient. That means they cost less to operate. Compared to an electric water heater, a propane water heater can produce twice as much hot water in the same time span. Propane clothes dryers work 25% faster than their electric counterparts and generate less static. Also, propane space heaters are significantly more efficient than electric space heaters.
Consider the Environment
Now you know some of the advantages of choosing a home powered by propane or heating oil. You should also know that electricity has its drawbacks. Because most of our country’s electricity is generated by coal-burning power plants, electricity is America’s second-largest source of greenhouse gases. Only transportation ranks higher.
Propane and Heating Oil Delivery in MA and NH
The folks at Brideau Energy would like to wish you good luck in your search for a home, and we encourage you to purchase one powered by propane or heating oil. And once you’re all moved in and need heating oil or propane delivered, know that you can count on Brideau for all your fuel needs. Click here to see if your prospective home is in our service area.
Brideau Energy has been serving the residents of central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire since 1987. In delivering heating oil and propane, we strive to keep our customers comfortable every day of the year. When you choose our family-owned business, you get fair prices and personalized service.
You can count on Brideau Energy to deliver your fuel on time, every time. Contact us today with any questions or to become a customer!