Give your homeowner customers more with propane performance
By Bryan Cordill
Appliances are the heartbeat of the kitchen. And by utilizing propane technology, homebuilders can help transform a customer’s house into their dream home.
Propane-powered cooking equipment provides excellent performance, versatility, and lower energy bills — making them the perfect ingredient for customers looking to combine their love of cooking with their passion for a functional kitchen. Propane kitchen appliances also offer modern designs and a variety of sizes to fit any size kitchen.
Here are five reasons builders should consider incorporating propane kitchen appliances into their builds:
Propane offers performance that meets professional chef expectations.
Many homeowners treat the kitchen as a gathering place for guests and therefore, are looking to recreate the look and feel of a high-end designer kitchen. High-performance gas ranges, stoves, and ovens provide absolute heat control and instant on or off features — a few reasons why 96 percent of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas. Gas cooking appliances have been long used in commercial settings, but their benefits make them commonplace in many homes, too.
The instant-on burners allow cooking to start right away and conversely, the instant-off capability prevents overcooking. Plus, the instant-off feature provides a safety feature not found in many electric cooktops, which can remain dangerously hot for a short period of time after being shut off. Beyond that, propane cooking equipment offers precise temperature control from searing to simmering, griddle and grill features on ranges and cooktops, smart controls for different cooking modes, warming drawers, and ovens with convection and steam settings.
Superior energy efficiency leads to affordable operating costs.
Because propane cooktops heat quickly and turn off immediately, far less energy is consumed in the on-off process. Homeowners can see considerable benefits of cooking with propane in many parts of the country because of the fuel’s efficiency. Electric cooking is a major load for homes in regions like California, where the peak demand period on the electric grid often occurs in the late afternoons of hot summer days
In fact, the energy factor of electric cooking appliances, which compares its overall energy use to its energy use in peak demand times, makes it the second-most significant load in the home, next to air-conditioning. For this reason, switching to propane-powered cooking appliances can ease peak load issues with the electric grid, as well as reduce electric bills.
Propane kitchen appliances will have wide variations in energy use and cost depending primarily on frequency of use. For example, homeowners using their range and/or oven daily will use more energy, and vice versa. A general estimate for propane usage in the kitchen is 40-60 gallons per year.
Propane kitchen appliances are environmentally friendly.
Propane gas cooktops are a clean, environmentally-friendly option for mindful homeowners interested in improving their home’s carbon footprint. Based on typical cooking usage levels and the emissions which electricity generation creates, propane cooking produces roughly 30 percent fewer carbon emissions. In addition, propane-powered cooking ranges generate up to 15 percent fewer full-fuel-cycle greenhouse gas emissions and 83 percent fewer sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions compared to electric ranges.
There’s no need to sacrifice style.
For many homeowners, selecting kitchen appliances that match their budget is important. Beyond that, homeowners are seeking kitchen appliances that will match their home’s style and aesthetic, too. Luckily, propane kitchen appliances can be a great fit for any home project — offering a wide variety of products, designs, features, and sizes from top manufacturers to match homeowners’ varying taste and style preferences.
Incorporating propane can benefit builders, too.
Builders may qualify for financial incentives and rebates for installing propane kitchen appliances. For example, using propane cooking equipment in combination with other propane systems makes projects eligible for the Propane Construction Incentive Program, offering up to $1,500 per home project.
If there’s a job to do in the kitchen, propane can handle it. Propane ranges, ovens, and stoves are already preferred by an overwhelming majority of professional chefs and once your customers recognize propane’s benefits, they will prefer propane cooking, too.
Bryan Cordill is the director of residential and commercial business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. To learn more, visit Propane.com/For-My-Home/Ranges-Ovens-Stoves. Cordill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.