Gas Appliances

Thinking about switching to gas home appliances might be an option to lower expenditures while seeing higher levels of performance and productivity.

There is a abundant supply of shale gas in the United States meaning that costs are low and stable, and shale gas is considered the least polluting non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible alternative.

If you already have a natural gas line in your home, or are completing a new dwelling you may wish to look at the probable benefits of using more gas and natural gas household appliances.

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What are Gas Appliances?

A natural gas device makes use of natural gas as the dominant power source. Natural gas home appliances offer a great substitute to electrical devices.

Usually you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The amount of electricity used depends on the type of appliance. E.g, a gas cooker will still operate even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a natural gas tumble dryer still requires electrical components to make the drum turn.

A List of Devices That Run On Natural Gas.

Gas could have any number of uses in your home.


Providing heat with gas typically costs less than providing heat with electricity. Your costs could be cut in half subject to your energy prices and efficiency.

Gas provides higher air temperatures and is more reliable.This is due to gas lines being less exposed to the elements than power lines.

An Indoor Fire

As well as heating natural gas is perfect for a fireplace. With a gas fireplace, you still get real flames and a focal point without the hassle.


Natural gas air conditioning can offer an adept means to keep cool, even if there is a power outage.

Natural gas powered air conditioning requires a higher initial investment but is cheaper to run and maintain meaning savings in the long term. Higher effectiveness has the added positive impact of cutting your carbon footprint.

Heating Water

Gas water boilers come in two forms, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are faster and more productive than electric water boilers. Tankless heaters also offer a continuous supply even with high demand. Handy if you have a big household that appreciates long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always hidden and protected from the weather means you still have heating even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking Food

Most people have heard the saying “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line designed to link natural gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the etiology the saying has stuck around because it is valid. Most chefs choose natural gas for the ability to vary the heat, and natural gas hobs also offer a more cost effective way of turning energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You might not instantly think of using gas in your laundry room, however, natural gas clothes dryers can be an excellent choice. They work a few degrees hotter thus clothes dry in a shorter time.

Outdoor Living

Did you know you don’t just have to use gas inside your home? When it comes to outdoor living, gas is a great power source for lighting and food prep and can even be used to heat your pool.

Wow friends as soon as they arrive with outdoor lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature falls and get food cooked outside at the perfect temperature, when you like, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as quickly as an electric heater. And natural gas fire pits set the mood as well as giving heat for perfect indoor-outdoor living.

Advantages of Gas Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to natural gas home appliances. First up the benefits.

  • Choosing gas will reduce your power bills.
  • Natural gas appliances tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally responsible option as it is considered the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Natural gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still cook even if the power goes out.

Disadvantages of Gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas appliances usually are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the price of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be higher for a gas appliance when looking at next to electrical alternatives.
  • Having a natural gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be expensive. The amount will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Having a gas line moved or extended can also be expensive.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas devices are not properly installed or regularly maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

Making the change between gas and electricity is not easy and the optimal choice for you might not be the right decision for everyone.

If your main driver is cost natural gas is currently the cheaper fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, retrospectively installing gas comes at a cost. Therefore, finding out how much a new gas line would cost if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

Another reason to choose natural gas is stability of supply. If power cuts are common where you live then having appliances that continue to work during power cuts can count for a lot.

Lastly, the environmental credentials of gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical home appliances. Opting for renewable energy may turn out to be less expensive and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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