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Gas vs Electric Appliances

Gas vs Electric Appliances

Deciding whether to go with gas or electric appliances might not sound like a big deal, but it can actually be one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a homeowner. Considering most household appliances last between 5 and 15 years, it’s important to weigh your options properly right from the beginning.

Most homeowners shop for appliances by brand name, style, or color. We tend not to think about the advantages or disadvantages of electric vs gas appliances. But choosing the right power source for your appliances is important. It can greatly reduce your monthly bill, and affect how efficiently your household runs, overall.

To help you make the best decision on the right appliances for your home, we’re going to walk you through a comparison of electric vs gas appliances. By the end of this article, you’ll know how each fuel source affects your bill, which type runs more efficiently, and which can be your best friend for many years to come. 

Where Do I Start?

One of the things we usually expect from our household appliances is efficiency. But choosing the right fuel source for your needs can be just as important. 

There is one aspect of your appliances you’ll want to consider above all else: the star. More specifically, the Energy Star.

The Energy Star label has become a global symbol for low-energy/high efficiency appliances. It’s a great place to start when shopping for the most efficient appliance option and, from there, you can branch out into even more energy savings by focusing on the fuel source itself.

Effects on Efficiency

For many years, gas power was the leading energy option for certain types of appliances. It was preferred for “winter” appliances like furnaces, making it the de facto option in colder areas like Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

In the quest for more efficiency, many homeowners moved away from gas-powered appliances in the years leading up to 2013. With the rise of Energy Star certifications, electricity just seemed like the obvious option for many.

That said, in the years since, gas appliances have begun to increase in popularity once more. The savings homeowners stand to make on their energy consumption are hard to argue against, and have been the driving force behind a resurgence of natural gas as a fuel source.

There are many benefits to choosing gas appliances other than the savings on energy consumption. Gas appliances also perform more efficiently than their electric counterparts. For example, an electric range consumes three times as much energy as a natural gas stove to produce the same amount of heat.

When it comes to water heaters, gas power is still more efficient than electric. A gas water heater can heat water twice as fast as an electric model.

The same applies to dryers as well. A gas-powered dryer will dry clothes faster while using less energy than a dryer powered by electricity.

Although there are some clear benefits to using natural gas-powered appliances, there are always more factors to consider in determining what is best for you and your family. The price of the appliance itself, as well as cost of installation, should also factor in.

Effects On The Wallet

When dealing with gas power, the appliances themselves are less expensive than electric alternatives. However, electric appliances aren’t much more expensive. One of the biggest differences is in the price of installation. Gas power requires more of an initial investment to install.

Powering gas appliances typically requires the installation of a natural gas line. This needs to run underground from a buried propane tank to your house. Having this line installed can be pricey, and needs to be considered when sizing up the overall savings of gas vs electric appliances.

According to recent research, if a homeowner was to switch to natural gas for their furnace alone, they could experience a savings of $1000-$2000 per year on their energy bill. Savings like this could really come in handy in some of the higher priced markets in the country like New York and New Jersey. Switching to natural gas to power water heaters could save homeowners several hundred dollars, annually, as well.

Gas appliances run on natural gases such as butane or propane, fuels measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs. At the time of writing, the average price per million BTUs was quoted at
$2.59, which can equate to dramatic savings in energy consumption compared to electric appliances.

The Final Verdict

Based on what we’ve outlined here, gas appliances might be the better option for many of you out there. By choosing gas, you are saving on your energy consumption as well as choosing the more “green” option. 

It’s important to note that the figures quoted here may vary from state to state. Consumption and installation may be different in New Hampshire than in Maryland.

Doing your research is very important. Ask around to see how much installation for each type of appliance would cost in your local area. It would also help to assess your household’s individual energy needs to determine what option is best for you.

Hopefully, today’s article has shed a little light on the question of gas vs electric, so you can make a more informed choice for your energy supply needs.

Our goal at Sunwave Gas + Power is to take care of your energy supply needs. With so much going on in your life, you can come home and rest easy, knowing we’ve got you and your family covered.

For more resources and tips on smart, safe energy consumption, visit our blog, today. Until next time, take care while Sunwave Gas + Power continues to Power Your Universe.

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