HotIs there a good time for your water heater to fail? I can’t think of a single day where I don’t use hot water at home. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, now is the time to replace it. Be proactive, because if it breaks, in addition to no hot water for days, you could also have a flood. And while you’re at it, you might as well upgrade to a better system. Here are 4 reasons why you should upgrade to a propane water heater.

  1. Efficiency. Did you know that 25% of the average home’s energy costs go toward heating water? Propane water heaters are more energy efficient than electric models. This is because propane heats water more quickly, therefore lowering energy usage. And less energy means less money spent on energy bills. That’s a win-win!
  2. Space Saving. Whether you choose a storage tank water heater or a tankless water heater, propane powered water heaters are smaller than electric. Tankless water heaters only take up 12 square feet of floor space. They supply an unlimited amount of hot water, but only on demand. That means that you’re not wasting energy keeping the tank of hot water, hot. And, saving space means more room for other “stuff”.
  3. Propane has a lower carbon output. For homeowners interested in lowering their carbon footprint, propane is the way to go. Propane burns cleanly and produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than most other energy sources. So, you can be green without breaking the bank! THAT is something to smile about.
  4. Made in America.  Propane production keeps good jobs on U.S. soil. As of 2012, more than 145,000 workers across the U.S. are employed in propane production, transportation, and distribution. And, we have an abundance. More than enough to meet the growing demand of propane.

So, is it time to replace your water heater with a high-efficiency propane model? Take the quiz at to find out. And now you have 4 good reasons to upgrade to a propane water heater, so why wait? You’ll not only feel better knowing you won’t have to worry about a breakdown or flood, but you’ll also love saving up to 20 percent in annual energy costs. The rest is icing on the cake!

We, at Genesee Energy, are happy to discuss your water heater options with you. Please contact us for more information and or a consultation.

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For a fact sheet on tankless water heaters, click here. For a fact sheet on storage tank water heaters, click here.

For recommended plumbers in the Snohomish County area visit Fast Water Heater Company, or GS Heating.