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NEW DATA SHOWS BUILDING WITH PROPANE SUPPORTS A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT

Written on: May 19, 2024

From the Propane Education & Research Council

Missouri PERC members with their first Home Pro demo house being built in 2018

Findings from the 2023 Propane Construction Research Program demonstrate that propane benefits the environment, homeowners and construction professionals

RICHMOND, Va. – The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released the 2023 results of its Propane Construction Research Program (PCRP). 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, the Propane Construction Research Program found that participating builders helped eliminate an impressive 19 million pounds of CO2 from the environment by incorporating propane in their projects, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions 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,” said Bryan Cordill, director of residential business development at PERC. “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% longer than an electric heat pump.
* Water Heating: Faster hot water with up to 50% cost- savings compared with electric options.
* Clothes Drying: Faster drying, easier on clothes, and up to 20% reduced energy use.
* Fireplaces: Greater heating capacity and energy efficiency than electric or wood fireplaces, with zero cleanup.

To participate in the PCRP, builders were required to complete a survey about the propane use in homes they built or remodeled. 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% increase compared to the previous year.

“Today’s builders are innovative. 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,” said Cordill.

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.

About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit propane.com.