Cost to Operate Propane Vs. Electric Appliances


When purchasing an appliance, budget-minded consumers consider the cost of the energy to operate the appliance. Many appliances can run on propane or electricity. There are different points to consider when comparing the cost of the two.

Energy Types

  • The cost of energy is affected by the type of energy in question. Propane occurs naturally and is considered a primary source of energy. Electricity is a secondary source of energy because it must be created by using another type of energy such as gas or coal. For this reason, propane cost less in most areas.

Cost Variances

  • The cost of electricity and propane varies by region. Using a mathematical formal to figure the cost of use, propane is more economical choice if selling for less than $3.24 a gallon (as of 2010). If propane is more than this, electricity is the cheaper choice.

Environmental Impact

  • The use of any type of energy source affects the environment. Propane gas produces low levels of air contaminants. Electricity itself does not produce any air pollutants. However, the production of electricity produces varied amounts of pollution depending on the primary energy source used in production.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit meine amerikanische gasflasche image by b1sch from
Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

  • Gas Appliances Vs. Electric

    Hot-water heaters, clothes dryers, stoves, and refrigerators are all modern appliances that have become necessities in nearly all homes. Most appliances that...

  • Natural Gas Vs. Propane Prices

    Natural gas consists of several naturally-occurring gasses like methane. Propane comes from natural gas. When put under pressure, it liquefies. This makes...

  • How to Calculate the Cost of Running an Appliance

    It seems that electricity costs are ever on the rise. This is made worse when electricity is wasted. There are many ways...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!