Natural gas is a popular choice for powering home appliances, but many of us don’t know which of our appliances, if any use it. This is true especially if you’re renting a house or just recently bought your home. Let’s talk about popular natural gas appliances.
What is natural gas?
Natural gas is a popular alternative to electricity when powering many appliances. Not only is it much cheaper than electricity (which can save you big time on utility bills), but it’s also much more environmentally friendly. Natural gas is used in appliances that require heat, and they work by burning the gas rather than by using an electric heating element.
Popular Gas Appliances
If you’d like to find out which of your appliances are or could be gas-powered, think of appliances that use heat.
- Ranges. If your stove uses a flame rather than heating coils, you have a gas range. These are much preferred by chefs for their more efficient cooking. Cooking with your range also costs less if it uses gas.
- Water Heaters. Your water heater is gas-powered if it has a pilot light, a small flame that stays lit to ignite the burner when the heater turns on. Gas water heaters are more efficient than electric heaters.
- Furnaces. Just like with your water heater, you have a gas furnace if there’s a pilot light. On some models, you’ll be able to look through the furnace vents and see it.
- Grills. If you have a fire grill, it will either be permanently installed with a gas line or portable with a propane tank. An electric grill will most likely be portable and have an electrical cord.
- Fireplaces. If you don’t have a wood-burning fireplace but it still burns a fake log with real flames, it’s a gas fireplace. While these are more authentic-looking than electric fireplaces, they aren’t as efficient and can be seen as unnecessary gas expenses.
Gas Line Installation
If you want to switch to gas appliances (or switch to electric), you can. It can be pretty pricey to have gas lines installed or rerouted, and buying a new appliance is a big investment in itself. However, the added expense of installing gas appliances is paid for over time in lower utility bills. If you’re switching to electric, you’ll have to pay to get gas lines capped, which is typically much less than installation.