Propane Vs Electric Water Heater



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Propane Vs Electric Water Heater

 AO Smith
 Model:
GCF-40
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Propane
 Energy:
36000 BTU/H
 Vent: Atmospheric
 Flow: 67 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: Yes
 Nominal Price: $700
Energy
Factor


0.67


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$686


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


6


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


2


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


5


Heater
Plus Install
 AO Smith
 Model:
GCFL-40
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Propane
 Energy:
36000 BTU/H
 Vent: Atmospheric
 Flow: 67 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: Yes
 Nominal Price: $700
Energy
Factor


0.67


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$686


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


6


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


2


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


5


Heater
Plus Install
 Rheem
 Model:
PRO40PE2
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Propane
 Energy:
36000 BTU/H
 Vent: Atmospheric
 Flow: 68 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: Yes
 Nominal Price: $650
Energy
Factor


0.69


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$666


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


6


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


2


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


4


Heater
Plus Install
 Rheem
 Model:
43V40PE2
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Propane
 Energy:
36000 BTU/H
 Vent: Atmospheric
 Flow: 68 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: Yes
 Nominal Price: $900
Energy
Factor


0.69


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$666


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


6


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


4


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


6


Heater
Plus Install
 Reliance
 Model:
9-40-LKCT
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Propane
 Energy:
36000 BTU/H
 Vent: Atmospheric
 Flow: 69 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: No
 Nominal Price: $500
Energy
Factor


0.62


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$741


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


9


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


1


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


7


Heater
Plus Install
 Reliance
 Model:
6-40-LBCT
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Propane
 Energy:
36000 BTU/H
 Vent: Atmospheric
 Flow: 69 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: No
 Nominal Price: $500
Energy
Factor


0.62


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$741


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


6


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


1


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


7


Heater
Plus Install
 Whirlpool
 Model:
ES40R123-45D
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Electric
 Energy:
4500 Watts
 Vent: NA
 Flow: 54 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: NA
 Nominal Price: $500
Energy
Factor


0.95


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$555


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


12


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


5


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


15


Heater
Plus Install
 Reliance
 Model:
12-40-DARS
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Electric
 Energy:
5500 Watts
 Vent: NA
 Flow: 56 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: NA
 Nominal Price: $400
Energy
Factor


0.95


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$555


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


12


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


2


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


12


Heater
Plus Install
 Reliance
 Model:
9-40-DKRS
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Electric
 Energy:
4500 Watts
 Vent: NA
 Flow: 56 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: NA
 Nominal Price: $400
Energy
Factor


0.93


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$567


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


9


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


3


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


19


Heater
Plus Install
 Reliance
 Model:
9-40-DKRT
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Electric
 Energy:
4500 Watts
 Vent: NA
 Flow: 54 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: NA
 Nominal Price: $400
Energy
Factor


0.93


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$567


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


9


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


3


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


19


Heater
Plus Install
 Sears Kenmore
 Model:
32946
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Electric
 Energy:
4500 Watts
 Vent: NA
 Flow: 51 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: NA
 Nominal Price: $400
Energy
Factor


0.93


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$567


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


9


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


3


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


19


Heater
Plus Install
 GE
 Model:
PE40M09AAH
 Type: 40 Gal Tank
 Fuel: Electric
 Energy:
4500 Watts
 Vent: NA
 Flow: 53 GPH 1st Hr
 Energy Star: NA
 Nominal Price: $350
Energy
Factor


0.92


Efficiency
Ratio
Operating
Cost


$573


Annual
US Avg
Limited
Warranty


9


Years
Tank
Payback
Years


NA


Heater
Only
Payback
Years


NA


Heater
Plus Install

Propane Vs Electric Water Heater


About This Data: Operating costs are based on US EIA national averages of Electricity ($0.012/kWh), Natural Gas ($13/1000 ft3), and Propane ($2.80/gal). Prices fluctuate and your state may be higher or lower, so compare the relative costs. Payback years are based on comparisons with same-fuel, basic tank water heaters: Electric (EF 0.9, Price $350), Gas/Propane (EF 0.58, Price $450). To compare paybacks of changing fuel sources use the operating costs. Installation costs are assumed $300 (tanks) and $1,000 (tankless).


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