The benefits of converting from heating oil to propane

Converting from Heating Oil to Propane: Upgrade Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

If you’re searching for a way to save money on utility bills while protecting the environment, look no further than propane energy.

While some may think of propane as solely for small appliances or heating outdoor campfires, a little-known fact is that it’s highly safe and effective in powering your entire home. This energy source is also a greener alternative to traditional fuels and exceeds the requirements for clean energy regulations.

Follow our guide to learn more about propane’s economic and environmental benefits for your home energy needs.

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Price Benefits of Converting to Propane

price benefits of converting to propane

Many of us are regularly looking for ways to cut monthly expenses. If you take a look at your utilities, you may be curious about how you can reduce your energy bills. While updating to a new energy source may not seem cost-effective, you can actually save money when you do so.

Switching to propane from heating oil helps your wallet in the following ways:

1. Conversion Cost Savings

The heating-oil-to-propane conversion is generally easy and affordable. Experts will install your propane tank above ground or underground to heat your home and water. There’s no need to deal with costly electricity lines or natural gas lines, so installation is simpler, too.

2. Less Expensive Annual Energy Costs

Research shows that a high-efficiency propane furnace offers low annual heating and cooling costs compared to several other options. The annual energy costs for propane are only $1,650, making it 10% less expensive than standard-efficiency air source heat pumps and 14% lower than heating oil furnaces.

3. Lower Price Per Gallon

Plus, propane has a lower price per gallon than other fuels. The average home uses roughly 1,400 gallons of propane annually for cooking and heating. While prices are constantly changing, heating oil is typically more expensive per gallon, making propane the more affordable option.

Of course, you’ll want to factor in your location, but you can typically expect to save on the price per gallon when you switch from oil to propane.

4. Low Upfront Costs

The upfront costs of propane are low when you include a standard or high-efficiency system alongside a standard A/C in your home. Additionally, you’ll incur smaller upfront costs when you lease your tank instead of buying it outright. Consider whether you’ll install your tank above or below ground to get a complete idea of your upfront installation costs.

5. Excellent Financing Options

Leasing a propane tank can bring credits and incentives your way, so check your local and state guidelines regarding their installation. When you lease a propane tank from Shipley Energy, you can receive benefits such as interest-free financing on your propane furnace install and low, price-protected propane for up to three seasons.

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Efficiency and Green Benefits of Converting to Propane

Investing in energy such as propane is just one of the many ways we can do our part to protect our planet. Here are a few reasons why:

1. High Fuel Efficiency

Because propane uses a higher proportion of its fuel supply to convert into heat than oil, you should expect a fuel efficiency of between 89% and 98% for propane. That’s nearly 10% higher than heating oil, meaning you get more energy for your money as you protect the environment.

Additionally, propane tanks have a significantly larger capacity than heating oil tanks, so you can stock up on propane gas when prices are favorable and enjoy fewer deliveries. Because propane burns clean, propane heating equipment requires less maintenance and lasts longer than heating oil-based equipment.

A high-efficiency propane furnace installed with a traditional A/C system offers energy savings over standard heat pumps. However, it’s important to note that Shipley Energy can’t install a high-efficiency furnace in all situations. Be sure to learn about your propane options before installing a tank and decide on the best one to meet your energy needs.

2. Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The U.S. government recognizes propane as a clean fuel. Whether you use propane to heat your home or power small appliances, propane generates fewer carbon dioxide emissions than coal and heating oil, making it the cleanest fossil fuel next to natural gas.

Further, propane is nontoxic. When installed underground, it won’t harm the soil or groundwater should a leak occur. Compared to almost every other fossil fuel, propane is much safer for our homes and the environment because it doesn’t create harmful pollutants and promotes clean air.

By installing a propane tank, you make a difference in protecting our planet for future generations and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

3. Energy Backup

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If you want to be grid-independent, propane is an excellent green option for when the electricity goes out. When you switch from electricity to propane, you can appreciate a reliable and safe generator system when other homes lose power due to electrical failure or heavy storms. These generators are quiet, non-toxic, and can power your entire home when necessary.

Propane Appliance Benefits

With 5% of Americans using propane to power their home appliances today, we’ve seen benefits ranging from extra convenience to lower costs than electricity and oil. When you opt for propane, you’ll enjoy numerous advantages from your investment:

1. Home Heating

Experience multiple benefits of propane space heaters or furnaces when you make the switch from oil or electricity:

  • Propane boilers: As stated, compared to oil or electricity, propane furnaces and boilers provide more energy efficiency. Therefore, you’ll eliminate cold pockets during the winter months at a lower cost and appreciate your space a whole lot more.
  • Supplemental heat: If you prefer an additional heat source, turn your thermostat down and place a propane space heater in the areas of your home where you need a little extra warmth. This way, you’ll reduce your overall gas or electric heating costs while creating a more comfortable space for you and your family to enjoy.

2. Kitchen and Laundry

Power your kitchen and laundry appliances with instant heat that’s easy to control:

  • Water heater: Propane heaters work faster to heat your water than electric models while producing up to twice as much hot water. This way, your entire household can enjoy longer or more frequent showers and baths.
  • Clothes dryer: A propane dryer will dry your clothes faster at a higher temperature, so you spend less time doing laundry while cleaning more loads throughout the day. What’s more, propane dryers generate less static, which means less wear on fabrics.
  • Stovetop: Since it heats up faster, a gas stove typically costs less to operate than an electric stove. You’ll have more versatility when you cook over gas and enjoy overall greater heat control. Quickly boil your water with instant heat and keep cooking even if your power goes out.

3. Outdoor

Use propane to power several outdoor appliances while you save money on utility bills:

  • Portable fireplace: A portable propane fireplace on your porch or backyard can create a relaxing experience when you want to get outside and enjoy instant heat. Enjoy precise temperature control and a range of stylish options when it comes time to purchase one for your home.
  • Propane generator: Since it’s grid-independent, a propane generator can help when your electricity is down or if you have no access to outdoor electricity. Place one in your backyard to power your outdoor lights and any other outdoor appliances you’ll need. Use a propane generator to protect your family when the power goes out.
  • Propane grills: Gas grills are another excellent option for your outdoor space because they save you time and money while cooking and are easy to clean. They can help you cut down on cooling costs by keeping unwanted heat out of your kitchen during the summer months.
  • Pool heating: Heat your entire pool with propane and enjoy easily controllable temperatures, low costs, and a warm, comfortable pool at all times of the year.

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Benefits of a Leased Propane Tank

When you decide to switch from oil to propane, consider leasing your tank to reap considerable cost, safety, and installation benefits instead of purchasing one outright.

1. Installation


When you lease, you have trusted professionals on your side to properly install your propane tank, saving you more time and energy in the long run.

Shipley Energy supplies a free tank set and will install it in your home to ensure:

  • Proper permitting and regulations: Professionals will ensure you satisfy your area’s permit requirements while adhering to all local, state, and federal installation regulations.
  • Ideal tank placement: We’ll inspect your space to determine whether it’s more suitable for an above-ground or underground placement before installing your tank. We can also watch for power lines and obstructions to install it with the appropriate distance requirements in mind.

2. Safety

When you lease your propane tank, you get extra safety benefits because you’ll always have a professional company by your side to maintain your system and schedule regular inspections.

Professionals will ensure:

  • Properly working parts: Your propane tank and its accessories are designed to connect and function together. You can rest assured that it’s installed and safely operating when you lease from a reputable company.
  • Regular repairs: Your supplier will monitor and refill your propane when needed. If your tank leaks, professionals can safely repair it for your peace of mind.
  • Education on safety measures: Professionals will provide you with updated safety information each year so that your tank is ready for both hot and cold months.
  • Cleaner air: Propane boilers and furnaces vent through a pipe through your wall, rather than a traditional oil furnace chimney. When you switch from oil to propane, professionals will safely install your tank so that you never experience soot on your walls or in your air again.

3. Low Cost

When you lease your propane tank from a trusted company, expect to save money and spend less on initial installation costs.

The price benefits of choosing propane include:

  • Low immediate costs: You’ll pay low long-term costs when you lease a propane tank, and the upfront costs for installing a leased tank are generally lower than purchasing one outright.
  • Secure investment: If you’re only in your home for a short period, buying a propane tank means you might not pay it off in time. Leasing provides you with more confidence and freedom in your investment.

3. Peace of Mind

Installing a leased propane tank means your company is just a call away when you have questions or need assistance.

You’ll receive benefits of leasing a propane tank that gives you peace of mind, including:

  • Education and repairs: A reputable company knows how to repair your tank, so you never have to worry about it. They can also educate you about your fuel usage, so you get the most out of your investment while saving energy and money.
  • Convenient refills: By working with your propane supplier, you can set up a refill schedule that works for you. If you need an emergency refill, you simply pay a fee and we’ll get you the refill as soon as possible.
  • Financial freedom: When you lease, you have the freedom to move whenever you please without worrying about the high costs of purchasing a propane tank. Additionally, the future owner of your house might not want an above-ground tank, so you can more easily sell your home when you lease.

Trust Shipley Energy With Your Propane Needs

Converting from oil to propane is a decision that’s beneficial to the environment and your wallet.

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Propane can run just about any appliance in your home — all while using less energy, releasing fewer emissions, and generating more power than oil and electricity. Additionally, leasing your propane tank presents significant benefits compared to buying one outright, such as convenient repairs, deliveries, and more.

When you’re ready to lease your propane tank, trust Shipley Energy for your energy needs. We can convert your home from heating oil to liquid propane, provide automatic deliveries, and monitor your propane tank to ensure it stays in excellent condition. Our experts have been in the energy business for over 90 years, and we’re excited to provide you with the quality service you need.

Conveniently order your propane online or call 1-800-839-1849 today.

Trust Shipley Energy With Your Propane Needs


Jack R.

I called to find out what time my propane tank would be installed today.  Rebecca Fisher was extra helpful.  She went out of her way to provide me with the info.  She explained everything very well.  I'm glad I chose t...

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I called to find out what time my propane tank would be installed today.  Rebecca Fisher was extra helpful.  She went out of her way to provide me with the info.  She explained everything very well.  I'm glad I chose them.  They were also very prompt on the delivery.  The other companies I called were a 3-week wait versus Shipley's 6-days

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Matthew H.

Came home from being away for a week amd didnt realize in the new home how much propane we would use. Called other companies, including the one that serviced here before, and they all told me a week (wind chill currently a...

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Came home from being away for a week amd didnt realize in the new home how much propane we would use. Called other companies, including the one that serviced here before, and they all told me a week (wind chill currently at 0). Called shipley, set up automatic delivery, and for a small service fee got same day delivery!

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Kyle B.

I've been a Shipley Propane customer since 2015.  After experiencing a very large spike in my propane prices from Shipley, I did some research and called their customer suppor...

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I've been a Shipley Propane customer since 2015.  After experiencing a very large spike in my propane prices from Shipley, I did some research and called their customer support. Kat and Steve addressed my concerns, re-billed by two previous high price propane invoices, and locked me into a competitive rate going forward.  It's always nice working with a customer service department that speaks clearly, acts quickly, and is empathetic toward a valued customer's concern.  Thanks guys - greatly appreciated.

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Patricia K.

Long time propane customers of Shipley. Excellent service and customer relations. Just changed our electric delivery for both home and small business to Shipley as well

Patricia K.
Katherine M.

So happy I changed from oil to [propane] gas with Shipley Energy. Their experts did extensive work on my new heating system in my 175 year old house. They even took out the old oil drum. Excellent work!

Katherine M.
Chad B.

Shipley Energy really saved the day for us! We ran out of propane while I was out of town. The propane manager and her team jumped into action and got my house heated and made an important repair to my tank all in the same day. Thanks so much!!

Chad B.
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