Going Green

Energy Savings and Low Emission Homes

The Propane Energy Pod is a model for new-home construction that merges five applications of propane – space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying and fireplaces – into an integrated, whole-home energy package.  It’s a comprehensive, research-based approach that maximizes efficiency, performance, comfort, and carbon reduction.

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 Rebates and Incentives

Homeowners who are on a tight budget will want to hear about the federal, state, and local rebates and incentives that may be available to them for choosing propane. Construction professionals — especially remodelers and HVAC contractors — who understand what credits and rebates are available to customers in their area can help them get the most for their money. In many cases, a builder or homeowner can get multiple credits and rebates for a single project, making a propane upgrade even more budget smart, and easier for you to sell.  To find out more information about the rebate in California click here.


California Safe Appliance Installation Incentive Program

Who Is Eligible?
Incentives are available to California propane customers who have a safe, professional installation of a propane appliance or hearth product that replaces an electric, wood, heating oil, or wood pellet model. Propane companies and their employees are not eligible to receive incentives.

What Appliance Installations are Eligible? 
The following safe appliance installations are eligible:

  • Clothes dryer – $100 rebate
  • Furnace – $300
  • Hearth appliance/fireplace insert – $300
  • Stove/oven/cooktop – $200
  • Water heater (tank or tankless) – $300
  • Generator (for residential use) 7kW to 50kW – $500

Installations must take place in California and be inspected by a propane marketer with operations in California. Only one incentive shall be paid for each eligible installation. WPERC reserves the right to limit the total number of incentives that may be paid to an applicant. Completed and approved applications should have an incentive check issued within 60-90 days after the application is received at the WPERC office, subject to available funds. No applicant has a legal right or other entitlement to receive incentives under the program or this agreement. A completed application does not bind WPERC to approve or pay an incentive to any applicant.

An applicant or propane marketer may be suspended from, or declared ineligible to participate in the incentive program if the WPERC determines that the applicant or propane marketer has submitted false information or otherwise violated program terms and conditions. Within 30 days after WPERC suspends or declares an applicant or propane marketer ineligible, the applicant or propane marketer may appeal the action by submitting the appeal in witing to WPERC. Actions taken by WPERC with respect to the appeal will be final. An applicant or propane marketer who submits false information pertinent to a rebate is subject to criminal and civil penalties including U.S. Mail fraud.

What Is the Required Safety Inspection? 
A safety inspection must be performed by or on behalf of a participating propane marketer after the installation of each new qualifying appliance and the result of that inspection must be documented on the application form. The safety inspection for qualifying water heater installations must, at a minimum, include the following: 1) a leak test; 2) a pressure test if required by applicable laws, rules and regulations; and 3) a flow and lock up test on the regulator(s). A “Gas Check” is an acceptable safety inspection. Written documentation of the safety inspection is required.

All applications must have a delivery date no later than 30 days after the safety inspection. WPERC will reject any application with a delivery date later than the 30 day period. If WPERC rejects an application with a late delivery date, a re-inspection will have to be performed and the application resubmitted according to the terms and conditions of this agreement.

When Does the Program Begin and End? 
The rebate program begins January 1, 2020, and ends December 31, 2020, or when program funds are exhausted. The payment of an incentive under the program or this agreement is subject to available funds. If available funds run out during the program year, WPERC may elect to carry over applications until the next program year. All eligible installations must occur during the incentive program year. Installations that are not for permanent use are not eligible for the incentives.

Incentive applicants and appliance dealers agree that the selection, purchase, and ownership of an eligible propane appliance is solely their responsibility and not the responsibility of WPERC or the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). WPERC and PERC agents will not recommend appliances, dealers or installers, nor do they make any representation as to the safety, reliability, and/or efficiency of the appliances selected. WPERC and PERC agents do not make any warranty whether expressed or implied, including warranty or merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose, use, or application of the products. Applicant agrees that WPERC agents, PERC agents and propane marketers will not be liable if a person suffers any personal or bodily injury, death, or property damage as a result of use of propane appliances. Applicant agrees that this release of liability is binding on their personal representatives, successors, heirs, assigns, and next of kin.

Propane is an Environmentally Friendly Fuel

  • Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
  • Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in existence, and, as a result, is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels.
  • Burning coal to generate electricity releases carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere.  Per pound of fuel burned, coal emits more than twice the amount of carbon dioxide as does propane.  By using propane gas instead of electricity, consumers can cut emissions and help preserve the environment.
  • Propane gas is nontoxic, so it is not harmful to soil or water.  Because propane does not endanger the environment, the placement of propane tanks either above or below ground is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • According to EPA, much of the sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere, which produces acid rain, is attributable to coal-fired electricity-generating facilities.  In contrast, neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants.

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint of propane is relatively small compared to other fuels in terms of total emissions and emissions per unit of energy consumed.  Propane has the lowest emission rate of the major energy sources, with the exception of natural gas.  Electricity is included based on the average U.S. emissions of the power generation industry.  Click chart to enlarge.

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