Propane for Sustainable Living
Propane is one of the most efficient and versatile energy sources around. You can power just about anything and anywhere, in your home, with propane. You can heat your home, cook, enjoy your terrace and yard or even make ice with low emission propane.
Discover a world of possibilities!
At Home or the Cottage
Propane is one of the cleanest and most versatile energy sources in existence.
Use low-emission, high-efficiency propane to power:
Ovens and Stoves
Propane is used in 96% of professional kitchens and by many homeowners for its performance, affordable price, autonomy, ability to operate during a power outage and durability compared to electrical appliances.
Propane stoves and ovens provide strong, even heat as well as near-instantaneous reaction times for precise cooking. This results in better temperature control and higher heating capacity.
Many recent models are Energy Star certified and are 30 to 60% more efficient than older generation models.
Grills and Cooktops
Propane produces a strong flame, perfectly suited for cooking over high heat, or for cooking or searing meat, fish and poultry. The stable flame and even heat distribution on the grill guarantee a precise cooking time, whether you are a restaurant owner or a home cook!
Propane cooktops are usually equipped with thermostatic controllers that allow for optimal responsiveness for temperature control. Their design allows for a homogeneous distribution of heat over the entire cooking surface. Modern cooktops consume about 30% less energy than older models.
Fridges and Freezers
Homeowners or cottage owners outside of public energy grids can rest easy with their propane fridge and freezer as they won't be subject to power outages and will have more than 10 days to preserve their food with a standard propane tank.
Paired with other propane-powered appliances, your propane refrigerator and freezer will give you significant savings without compromising performance.
The installation and maintenance of propane refrigerators and freezers, like any other gas-fired appliance, must be performed by a propane contractor. Propane distributors generally offer this type of service.
Important note: A propane refrigerator or freezer that has just been plugged in takes longer to cool than its electric counterpart, up to ten hours depending on the size of the appliance and the amount of food.
It is essential to follow all of the manufacturer's instructions when it comes to installation, upgrades and clearances. All propane refrigerators and freezers require sufficient fresh air to operate safely and efficiently.
In addition, the air they produce contains more moisture, which helps soften the clothes and prevent wrinkles. Most come with high-end features like humidity sensors, automatic start systems without a pilot, wrinkle release cycles or LCD control panels.
They come in a wide range of powers, from 18,000 to 30,000 Btu. The electrical equivalent is usually below this threshold. Such performance translates into short drying times and a reduction in the cost per load. The average operating cost is about $75 per year depending on usage.
Home Heating and AC
Forced-air Heating Systems
Modern propane-powered forced-air central heating systems are extremely efficient. They provide constant heating, regardless of the outside temperature.
Many appliances are Energy Star certified and can achieve an energy efficiency rating of 98%. They can be paired with a heat pump to take over when the temperature drops below its efficiency level.
Propane appliances are less expensive than electrical systems. They can reduce heating costs by 25%. In addition, they are reliable and have a service life of at least 20 years.
Manufacturers also offer appliances that can heat one room at a time and direct ventilation heaters.
High-efficiency propane boilers can be used to heat radiator water and radiant floor systems. The water contained in the boiler is heated and then travels through ducts that feed radiators, convectors or pipes installed directly in a concrete slab. The water circulates and returns to the boiler to be heated again before starting another cycle.
The most efficient propane boilers have a minimum energy efficiency rating of 95%. They are versatile enough to provide heating and hot water in homes and can even melt snow and ice thanks to sidewalk or driveway heating systems.
Propane air heaters are used to heat large spaces such as garages, whether they are attached to the house or independent. These appliances are wall-mounted or suspended to produce instantaneous heat locally.
Practical, cost-effective and safe, the many propane air heater models offer several advantages:
- They come in a wide range of powers and heating capacities – performance can reach 97%.
- They provide for greater energy efficiency than central heating systems because they diffuse heat at the desired time and place.
- They generally require less maintenance and have a longer service life than electric heating systems.
- They are 15 to 25% more efficient than electrical systems for equal Btu production.
Air Conditioning Systems
Not only is propane increasingly used to heat homes, cottages or RVs, but it can also power a wall-mounted heat pump, a wall-mounted air conditioner and an air exchanger.
By switching from a liquid to a gaseous state, propane becomes extremely cold, which makes it an excellent non-toxic cooling agent with an ozone-depleting potential of 0 and a global warming potential of 3.
When used as a cooling agent, especially in commercial or residential ice machines, propane allows energy savings of 40 to 60%.
Additionally, modern heat pumps are designed to maximize safety with flammable products encapsulated and components separated from each other.
Propane water heaters with tank are more compact, efficient and cost-effective than similar electric water heaters.
As a result, a home needs a 40-gallon water heater running on propane or a 50-gallon water heater running on electricity to produce 70 gallons of hot water in the first hour of use.
Propane water heater tanks come in a wide range of capacities and are able to keep hot water at a temperature of up to 83 °C (180 °F). Many models are Energy Star certified and can reduce propane costs by 13 to 20%.
They require less energy to produce hot water on demand, keep large amounts of hot water at the desired temperature and are not subject to power outages. Such efficiency is impossible to achieve with an electric water heater.
They also have the advantage of not losing heat for reasons related to storing water in a tank for several hours.
Finally, tankless water heaters are much more compact and take up a fraction of the space than water heaters with a tank.
Access to a self-sustaining, uninterrupted source of power can be crucial to your family's safety during an outage.
Propane generators, whether standby or portable, can prevent interruptions when operating electrical installations, ventilation systems, lighting or any type of equipment requiring an electric current.
Standby generators are typically installed near electrical panels and configured as stand-alone systems that automatically turn on when a power outage is detected and stop once the power returns. These systems require very little maintenance and are extremely durable.
Propane does not degrade over time. Therefore, it can be stored for a very long time without losing its properties. This provides an indisputable advantage for backup generators that operate sporadically.
Propane generator manufacturers offer many options when it comes to capacity and electrical voltage. Residential generators range from 5 kW to 175 kW and can be configured as 120-volt and 240-volt three-phase electrical installations.
Propane can also be used in hybrid systems as a backup fuel for generators, where it can make up to 40% of the fuel used. This type of system provides flexibility while allowing you to keep your existing generator. It also allows the engine to run cleaner and at a lower temperature, thereby reducing maintenance requirements and increasing system life.
Propane generators are ideal for homes located outside of large residential areas served by an electrical grid. The versatility and portability of propane provide significant savings compared to the cost of installing natural gas delivery systems and renewable energy applications. It is a vital source of energy in all remote areas and locations where delivering traditional energies can be complex.
Living Room Fireplaces
A fireplace is synonymous with a warm and cozy atmosphere in the home. Not only does it provide warmth during cold weather but it also adds beauty to any interior space of your home.
They have up to six times the heating capacity of wood fireplaces, without the drawbacks of smoke, continuous maintenance, including cleanup of soot and ash and the need to store firewood. The propane advantage:
- 90% combustion efficiency
- Uniform ambient temperature
- Automatic temperature control
- Low operating cost
- Produce fewer particles than wood
- Automatic start
- Easy installation
Propane fireplaces can be equipped with ceramic glass that helps to diffuse heat and fans that circulate heat throughout the living space. A second heat exchanger can even capture additional heat to be circulated throughout the home.
Several types of fireplaces are available on the market: free-standing in any shape and size, built-in or linear. And they can be comprised of a variety of materials, including stone, steel or stainless steel. Most come with a remote control to adjust the intensity of the flame.
Different types of combustion beds can be used (glass, stones and rocks, wood and split wood) to create the desired atmosphere.
Propane heating stoves are highly efficient, allowing them to comfortably heat significant areas of living space, while increasing comfort and reducing heating costs.
Their environmental footprint is smaller than that of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. They produce significantly fewer heavy particles and less carbon monoxide. They are also an ideal alternative where wood stoves are banned or restricted during certain times of the year.
Interior lighting using propane creates a warm atmosphere. A pendant, wall or floor lamp can brighten up your cottage, hunting camp or second residence located outside the electrical grid.
A medium-sized lamp consumes about one pound of propane in twelve hours.
Propane is a preferred choice for many consumers when cooking outdoors. Propane barbecues are effective, user-friendly and easy to maintain, whether you are in the city, in the countryside, on the water, camping or travelling on the road.
Many models are available on the market. Their size and power adapt to all needs and lifestyles. Accessories such as spits, infrared burners, wood chip tanks or smooth plates will add variety to the experience. Propane barbecues can be traditional, built-in or designed as a large cooktop.
- Short heating time. With the push of a single button, the grill heats up to reach the desired temperature within ten minutes after ignition.
- They can be connected to large tanks, especially if the house already uses propane as a primary or secondary energy source.
- Maintenance is minimal. There is no ash to clean up after each use and propane barbecues are equipped with special compartments to recover cooking greases.
- Temperature control is accurate, making it easier to estimate cooking times.
- Cooking with propane allows vegetables to keep their essential nutrients and makes them taste better, caramelizing their sugars and intensifying their sweetness.
- Propane is more environmentally friendlier than coal because it produces much less waste and fewer particles.
- Propane barbecues can be used in summer and winter.
Grills, Hotplates and Pizza Ovens
Build your outdoor oasis with propane-powered cooking appliances. Choose from cast iron or enamelled cast iron hotplates, built-in grills and even pizza ovens to create an outdoor kitchen, fit for a chef!
Propane produces a strong and steady flame, perfectly suited for cooking or searing meat, fish and poultry over high heat.
As with indoor propane grills and hotplates, outdoor models distribute heat evenly over the entire cooking surface. Modern plates also consume about 30% less energy.
Propane has long been a favourite source of energy to power portable barbecues and camping stoves for camping or in cottages. Propane allows for the storage of a large amount of energy in a small space. Small one-pound cylinders are available on the market for light-duty camping applications. Note that cylinders can only be filled by a professional.
Pool and Spa Heaters
In just a few hours, pools or spas can reach an ideal temperature that is easily maintained.
This reduced heating time allows for energy savings up to 30% compared to electricity. Propane heaters have a longer service life than electric heat pumps, reducing replacement and long-term operating costs.
They produce soft and uniform radiant heat rather than intense and focused heat. And it is not necessary to clean the soot and remove the ashes.
Two types of patio heaters are available on the market: stand-up and portable, or ceiling/ wall-mounted that can be controlled remotely. Regardless of the preferred option, propane patio heaters offer superior thermal performance, which can increase the ambient temperature by up to 10 °C (25 °C) within a perimeter of just under 8 m (25 ft).
They are also more cost-effective than electric patio heaters as a small 20-pound tank can heat a deck up to 10 hours.
An increasing number of homeowners are using a flame to illuminate their outdoor spaces.
Custom lanterns, modern chandeliers, pendant lamps, and even table units can be a great addition to any modern or classic design.
You can even give your aisle or your porch a high-end look using cast bronze and wrought iron lighting options.
Propane flame lighting fixtures can also be placed on a wall, on a stand or in the ground to light up your patio and backyard.