When you think of “off the grid living,” you may envision solar panels, wind turbines and rural America. With propane, you don’t need to sacrifice quality of location for quality of living. Propane can be your answer to achieving your off the grid living dreams, whether you’re in rural America, the suburbs or an exurban area, and you can have the same amenities as a home living on the grid.
Propane is a clean, convenient, safe and reliable fuel source that can get you off the electric grid:
Tankless water heater
Outdoor entertainment (grill, pool, spa, space heaters)
Propane is an extremely efficient method of home heating. PERC explains how “propane provides more versatility, affordability, and home comfort than any other heating choice — it’s that simple.” Installing a propane furnace in your home is taking one step towards getting off the electric grid.
Tankless Water Heater
How else can you start living off the grid? Install a tankless water heater, which is relatively new to the US but have been used in Europe and Japan for decades. The concept is simple: the unit heats the water only when you need it.
A tankless propane water heater has a number of advantages over an electric tank water heater. They include no cold showers, more hot water, longer life, less waste, saving money, saving space and providing cleaner water. Read more in our tankless water heater blog article.
A green-building-approved, direct-vent propane fireplace be turned on and off with a thermostatic switch or remote control will also get you off the grid. Furthermore, it will heat a room more evenly and efficiently than a wood-burning fireplace. Most models are green-building approved, virtually maintenance-free, don’t produce ash or soot, and don’t require electricity.
For your home cooking off the grid needs, install a gas range that combines a propane cooktop and propane oven. A propane cook top provides better heat control and more even heat distribution than electric. Instant-on burners allow cooking to start right away and cool more quickly, which helps to prevent overcooking and accidents.
Outdoor Kitchen / Grill
You can increase a home’s marketable footprint by installing a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, including a propane grill and propane cooktop. The convenience and safety of push-button ignition have long made propane grills a consumer favorite. Propane grills are also 105 times more environmentally friendly than charcoal grills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The addition of a propane cooktop is also a huge asset for any aspiring outdoor chef, and a must for an enhanced pool and patio experience.
Propane space heaters can be freestanding or wall-mounted, can include thermostats and blowers, and typically work even in an electrical outage. They also produce fewer greenhouse gases than space heaters using fuel oil.
Pool & Spa
Ready to dive in? Propane pool and spa heaters bring water to the desired temperature more quickly and efficiently than electricity, while reducing a home’s overall carbon footprint.
As PERC’s website says, “Whether for a home on the Great Plains or a beachfront property in Hawaii, propane is fast becoming the smart choice to create exceptional residential lifestyles in areas not serviced by gas mains or the electric grid. .. If you are a homeowner who values flexibility and freedom, propane is an excellent energy choice.”