BUYING A HOME

Why consider natural gas? Tips for homebuyers.

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We hear a lot about energy-efficient appliances, but have you ever considered if the energy that powers them is delivered efficiently? Electricity is generated by burning natural resources (usually natural gas) and then getting it to your home. By the time it arrives, only 27% of the original energy arrives to your home. Natural gas, on the other hand, does not need to be generated. It comes to your home as pure power. So when you need to heat water, food or air, nothing is more efficient than natural gas.

What energy mix is best?

Water Heating

Water Heating

Heating water is the second-largest expense in our homes, according to the Department of Energy, accounting for 14% to 18% of our utility bills. Picking the right water heater not only affects your comfort, but your energy bills, too. Natural gas water heaters can heat up to twice the amount of water in the same amount of time as an electric model—which means you’re less likely to run out of hot water when you need it.

Natural gas water heaters are available in tank and tankless models:

  • With fewer parts to wear out, natural gas water heaters are generally considered more durable than electric models.
  • If the power goes out, most natural gas water heaters continue to deliver plenty of hot water.

Tankless Water Heaters

  • Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, meaning you’ll almost never run out of hot water.
  • They are economical. You aren’t paying to keep a large tank of water continuously heated.
  • Multiple size and venting options provide the perfect tankless model for your needs.

Reduced water heating time, energy expenses and greenhouse gas emissions all make tankless water heaters a great choice.

Heating

Heating

Nothing heats your home quicker and more efficiently than natural gas. Air from a natural gas furnace is up to 25 degrees warmer than air from an electric heat pump, so there are no cool drafts in the winter.

Most new high-efficiency furnaces have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of 90 percent or higher. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the unit and the more money you can save.

Kitchen

Cooking

It takes 3 times as much energy to use an electric stove than a natural gas stove. Cooking with natural gas will save on monthly utility costs. The most efficient stoves are natural gas with electric ignition switches.

Laundry

Clothes Drying

Natural gas dryers cost less to operate. The heat is hotter than electric dryers so clothes dry faster, cutting down the time it takes the dryer to be turned on.

Other

Grills

Very fast to heat up, convenient / easy to use, never run out / no need to refill a tank, easy installation

Fireplace Logs

They can operate when the power goes out! Natural gas logs also provide space heating and easy to operate.

Generator

Within seconds of a power outage your natural gas generator automatically turns on to the supply power, then the generator switches off when the power returns.

If your home has a natural gas stove, water heater and logs could can still cook, have hot water and keep warm with natural gas logs.

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