PERC announces upgrades to Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator

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The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has upgraded its popular Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, giving the tool more timely applications that give construction professionals and propane marketers a way to quickly conduct pricing comparisons down to the county level.

October 26, 2012
PERC, Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, upgrades, comparisons, pricing

PERC, Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, upgrades, comparisons, pricing

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has upgraded its popular Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, giving the tool more timely applications that give construction professionals and propane marketers a way to quickly conduct pricing comparisons down to the county level.

Designers of the updated Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator kept in mind the top question that construction professionals get from their clients: “Which system costs less to operate?” Using the updated calculator, that comparison can be made in minutes and shared with the client.

Users can find at their fingertips the cost of operating a propane furnace or water heating system and measure it against a comparable system that uses heating oil or electricity. With the updated Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, users can compare these prices for a one-year period, and include variables such as age of the system, energy efficiency rating, frequency of maintenance, and more.

And for furnaces, the new Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator also automatically conducts a cost comparison with an Energy Star-qualified propane furnace, using the latest Environmental Protection Agency benchmark efficiency system (95 AFUE) for the northern U.S.

Here’s an example: Your client wants a cost comparison for heating for one year for her 2,400-square-foot home in San Francisco that now has a well-maintained 13-year-old furnace system.

The Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator reports the one-year costs as follows:

$2,048 for an Energy Star-qualified, propane-fueled furnace.       $2,506 for a propane-fueled furnace.                                              $2,942 to operate a furnace running on electricity.

The Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator is especially valuable in areas where emissions are carefully monitored.

Your client’s propane-fueled furnace in San Francisco would in one year emit carbon dioxide equivalent to that of 1.1 cars, the electric-fueled system that of 0.9 cars, and the more efficient Energy Star propane furnace would emit the equivalent of 0.9 cars.

The Heating Energy Cost Calculator and Carbon Calculator provides a searchable database of hundreds of propane products from heaters to boilers to dryers and more.

The Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator is just one of the five tools in the PERC Interactive Training Module found at www.buildwithpropane.com. The tools were developed after extensive research and ongoing updates to provide the most accurate information available to marketers and construction professionals. The training module can easily be placed on your own website or the websites of your clients.

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