Most people end up using the same type of power in their home throughout their residency. Unless the home is custom built that means settling for whatever the original owner thought was best. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.
One of the best times to consider making a change is when you are going to be doing upgrades anyway. If your home heating and air system, water heater, or range need to be replaced you have an excellent opportunity to inquire about making changes to natural gas.
Consult Local Gas Companies
It is always best to consult one of your local gas providers if you are considering taking the plunge and switching over a large portion of your power needs to gas. Companies like Atco Gas Lethbridge pride themselves on being active members of the community and teaching their customer base about their service.
Many of them will be able to evaluate your current power usage and help explain how that would change with the inclusion of various gas powered pieces of equipment. They will also be able to give you a detailed summary of what it will take to transition to a new power source. This can make it much easier to see the cost-benefit ratio before beginning.
What Runs on Natural Gas?
Most people are aware of gas ranges due to the popularity of cooking shows. Many experienced cooks even prefer the even and quick heating action of flames over an electric burner but they are especially fond of the phenomenal control they are able to achieve. Did you know there are many different appliances that run on gas?
In the kitchen, the bake unit of a range oven can also be run on gas. as can the dishwasher. In the laundry room, you can operate a top or front load washing machine and a dryer with natural gas. Throughout the rest of the home, it is possible to use gas to power the water heater, furnace, grill, fireplace, and the swimming pool heater.
The Benefits of Using Natural Gas
One of the often overlooked benefits of using natural gas is that it is typically available even when electricity is not. The supply of gas is not dependent upon the power grid being operational which means if a tree comes down on a line you should still be able to use those appliances which run on gas. This is especially beneficial during the winter where having an operating furnace is especially important.
Another benefit is simply the cost. Gas appliances tend to use less energy and therefore cost less to operate than their electrically powered counterparts. To further reduce costs, it is important that all gas powered appliances are properly cared for.
Switching to natural gas isn’t a decision to be made lightly. However, there has been a substantial push by many power companies to transition consumers away from the gas industry in favor of electric appliances without giving them all the information needed to make an informed choice. If it is time for you to replace an appliance and you’re unsure if you should choose gas or electric, take the time to consult with a local gas company and do some independent research before making a final decision.
About the author: Katherine Smith (Kat) is a San Diego based freelance writer who enjoys writing on a wide variety of fitness and entertainment topics. In her free time Kat enjoys the beach and playing volleyball with family and friends. Image: Ervins Strauhmanis