Propane Energy Pod offers new approach to residential energy efficiency

August 9, 2011 By    

Construction professionals have a new energy model to share with homeowners who desire efficient, eco-friendly homes: the Propane Energy Pod from PERC.

The Propane Energy Pod is a research-based solution for home construction that treats five areas of energy use in a home – space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying and fireplaces – as part of a whole-home energy package. The model represents significant reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions when compared with homes with standard appliances and mechanical systems.

The Propane Energy Pod includes mechanical systems featuring high-efficiency amenities, such as on-demand hot water, professional-grade cooktops and switch-on fireplaces that complement an eco-friendly profile.

According to a recent study by Newport Partners, a home built using the Propane Energy Pod model can save homeowners about $285 in annual energy costs. Also, Propane Energy Pod homes on average are about 32 percent more efficient than a standard new home.

The Propane Energy Pod also helps construction professionals qualify homes for the federal Energy Efficient Home Credit. The credit is worth up to $2,000 and requires a minimum of a 50 percent reduction in heating and cooling energy consumption relative to the energy code.

Construction professionals interested in learning more about the mechanical systems within the Propane Energy Pod model can visit www.buildwithpropane.com and register for free online one-hour training courses.

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is the senior editor of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at kyanik@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3724.

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