We have been on the road now for about 18 months, since last October (over a year now), we have not used any propane at all, in fact it has been shut off at the tank since it was filled the last time. How did we do it?
Our microwave is also a convection oven, which means we don’t have an oven in the RV. So that has reduced our need for propane. Second we purchased a NuWave PIC which is a stove top electric hot plate. This we both love. You can control the temperature of the PIC in 10 degree increments to to 570 degrees F. I love gas cooking, but there is no way I can control the temperatures like that. With the PIC, we don’t use the stove top either. That two of the major gas using devices out of the way.
Before we hit the road, we replaced our old water heater with a dual heat model. Our uses either propane or electric. In the 18 months now that we have been on the road, we have always been at a commercial campground with electric hook-ups. So the water heater is always on electric. Third propane use device, gone.
Finally, the heater. This one has been the easiest of the all to turn off. We have an electric fireplace with 1500 Watt heater and both of our air conditioners have electric heat strips in them. When we need to take the chill off we either use the fire place or one of the AC units.
Propane cost are about $2 a gallon and we have a 20 gallon tank. Before we hit the road we would go through about $600 a year in propane. Going all electric has saved that plus the maintenance cost of cleaning the heater.
We are adding a new appliance to our rig this Christmas, an electric pressure cooker. Besides using less electric, it also cooks food much faster, up to 70% faster. I can’t wait to find out how it works.
I will be posting about it on my recipe website at The Weekend Chef.