Energy prices seem to be going up every time you plug in an appliance, or flip a switch in your used motor homes. Many motor home owners are looking for ways to cut back on energy costs. Electricity and propane are generally the choices for motor homes, but which is more efficient and cost effective. The answer varies depending on the purchase price of kilowatt-hours and propane gas.
Additionally, some of the newer possibilities have something to offer. Perhaps the answer lies in a combination of several.
Electricity vs. propane: which is more economical?
Some RVers use electricity whenever they are in a place where it is part of the flat parking fee. If the electricity is extra, they switch over to propane gas. At first glance, it would seem the propane is the more expensive energy source. That is not always the case. You need to crunch the numbers. The RV Forum has a downloadable program that will do your calculations for you. Propane is often the cheaper form of energy.
Some renewable energy resources
One green energy source is the wind. This is not a new idea – people have used windmills for centuries to harness the power of the wind. New technology maximizes the amount of energy obtained no matter how hard the wind blows. You can mount these wind towers on your Class C RV giving you a cost effective, clean energy source.
Another renewable energy supplier is the sun. You can use solar panels to harness sun power on your fifth wheel camper. It will help you save money, and add value to your rig if you some day opt to put it up for sale as a used RV for sale by owner.