PERC: Homebuilder data highlights propane’s environmental benefits

May 16, 2024 By     0 Comments

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released the 2023 results of its Propane Construction Research Program. The program collected data directly from 1,673 homebuilders for homes built in 2023 to generate updated research findings on the benefits and usage of propane in the residential construction industry.

In 2023, participating builders helped eliminate 19 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the environment by incorporating propane in their projects, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emission given from:

  • 2,094 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year.
  • 580,836,652 smartphones charged.
  • 990,023 gallons of gasoline consumed.
  • 1,736 homes’ energy use for one year.

“This impressive work from builders across the country speaks for itself, and they should feel a sense of pride in cleaning up the environment in their communities,” Bryan Cordill, director of residential business development at PERC, says. “This program supports PERC’s mission to educate builders and homeowners on the undeniable benefits of building and remodeling with propane. Propane has a substantial, positive impact on the environment, and we look forward to sharing this with the public.”

Findings from the program also found that propane-powered appliances are more efficient and can reduce home energy costs for homeowners:

  • Home heating: A propane-fueled furnace is expected to last up to 50 percent longer than an electric heat pump.
  • Water heating: Faster hot water with up to 50 percent cost savings compared to electric options.
  • Clothes drying: Faster drying, easier on clothes and up to 20 percent reduced energy use.
  • Fireplaces: Greater heating capacity and energy efficiency than electric or wood fireplaces, with zero cleanup.

To participate in the Propane Construction Research Program, builders completed a survey about the propane use in homes they build or remodel. Once submitted, participants earned compensation of up to $1,500 per project. The 2023 program awarded more than $2.1 million in funding to construction professionals who provided data – more than double the funding from the year prior.

Since its launch in 2021, builder interest in the program continues to grow year-over-year. In 2023, builders from 25 states participated in the program – a 25 percent increase compared to the previous year.

“Today’s builders are innovative,” Cordill says. “They are interested in learning and specifying energy sources that are sustainable, efficient and reliable. The data from last year’s program clearly shows that propane is an energy solution that checks more than just one box.”

Applications for the 2024 Propane Construction Research Program are now open. To apply, or learn more about the program and its qualifications, visit propane.com/pcrp.

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