Installing a standby generator can keep your family warm and allow you to maintain everyday routines during power outages. But generators can be pricey, so if you want to save money installing one in your Stuart, VA, home, consider switching some key appliances to propane! Using propane appliances will reduce your generator’s power load requirement, saving you money.
The Bigger The Generator, The More Expensive
The average U.S. homeowner spends about $9,520 on a new standby (or fixed) generator. Unlike their portable counterparts, these generators sit outside your home like an air conditioning unit. Most of a generator’s expense comes from the size of the system or the number of kilowatts it can power. And the number of kilowatts you’ll need is determined by calculating the total energy load of your home. By reducing the electricity load your generator size is reduced, saving you money on the generator and fuel to run it. Stand by, whole home generators burn a lot of fuel. The smaller the generator, the less fuel it uses.
Convert Your Heavy-Load Appliances To Propane To Save Money & Energy
The first step to getting a smaller generator is reducing your electrical energy load. And what contributes the most to your energy load? Things you use daily–like your clothes dryer, stoves, ranges and water heater. These are each considered electricity ‘heavy-load’ appliances because they use a ton of power. Therefore, when you change these appliances to propane or natural gas by installing a tankless water heater, gas dryer and gas range, it takes them off your electrical grid, significantly reducing the total power load needed. Plus: many gas-powered appliances run on little to no electricity, so they’ll work when the power is out!
Propane Appliances Provide Benefits When The Power Is On, Too
There are more benefits to propane appliances than just saving money on a smaller generator. They will also save you money in the long run because they are more energy efficient, and propane is cheaper than electricity. For example, adding a tankless water heater offers numerous benefits, like endless hot water, saving precious square footage and reducing your water bill. All in all, converting your appliances to propane will reduce your monthly utility bills too!
Expert Appliance Installation From Your Local Propane Company
We know generators are a big investment, and depending on how often you use it, it could cost you more than it’s worth. At Hall, we make it easy to switch your appliances to propane. We’ll include all the details necessary and provide an estimate to help make the best decision. Get started working with our experienced team. Call today!