You want the best for you and your family, naturally. Whether you’re building a home, converting energy or just dreaming/planning for the future, natural gas has you covered.
Genius choice? The answer
What are the benefits and uses of natural gas? Genius question.
So many! Including ovens, stoves, fireplaces, water heaters, space heaters and clothes dryers.
Barbeques, pool and hot tub heaters, and outdoor fire pits can all use natural gas.
There’s a reason “cooking with gas” is an expression for “getting things done well”. Natural gas cooking provides easy temperature control, quick heating, self-ignition, self-cleaning and reduced costs. Most professional chefs prefer natural gas stoves and/or gas grills as the premium option for cooking excellent food.
- Indoor and outdoor gas fireplaces and fire pits are easy to use – just press a button or flick a switch to immediately start a great fire. No worries about getting logs, stacking them, tending to the fire or cleaning up ashes. And the heat the fireplace creates is consistent, rather than fluctuating based on the number of logs or strength of the fire.
- Gas fireplaces are safe because they do not have an open flame and do not experience the pops and cracks that throw off sparks.
- During a power outage, you’ll still be able to light your natural gas fireplace with a match and use it to heat much of your living space.
- Safely offer your family and friends a warm and cozy atmosphere with a flick of a switch using a flame.
It depends on the appliance, but yes – many natural gas appliances can work during a power outage. During a power outage, you’ll still have natural gas coming to your home because your supplier will have backup generators maintaining service. You can use gas hearth appliances, like zero-clearance gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts, gas barbeques and gas stoves, to continue working once you light them with a match. However, most furnaces won’t continue to work, as they’ll have components that require electricity to operate.
Why natural gas? The benefits go on and on.
Unless your home is set up for electric appliances only, switching to natural gas can save you a lot of money. One estimate is that all gas appliances can save you up to 30 percent on your utility bill. Talk about a return on investment! Even if you need to reroute a gas line and install gas appliances, you might save money in the long run.
There’s no hard data on this one, but generally, homeowner and homebuyers perceive natural gas as a luxury upgrade to home – particularly because it provides long-term savings!
Converting to natural gas. One appliance or a whole house, it’s always an upgrade.
The first step is reaching out to a natural gas provider in your area. They will help you find out whether gas is available in your neighborhood and give you a cost estimate. Next, you’ll choose your equipment, and your natural gas provider will bring a gas line to your home. Then, you’ll work with a plumber to install your new natural gas equipment and schedule an inspection. Once your equipment passes inspection, the gas company will install a meter. Finally, you’ll remove any old equipment, like an oil tank, from your property, possibly by working with a contractor. And that’s it! Home upgrade accomplished.
Some natural gas appliances, such as gas furnaces, require electricity, but other gas appliances don’t need electricity at all! These include appliances such as zero-clearance gas fireplaces, gas barbeques and gas stoves.
It depends on the appliance! Most propane furnaces, fireplaces and some stoves can be converted to natural gas simply by changing the energy input. Hot water tanks vary. To convert heating and some appliances, you’ll need to work with a contractor and/or plumber. You can look up your appliance’s information with the manufacturer to find out more. And when it comes down to the nitty-gritty questions, the easiest way to get answers is to work with a local natural gas provider.
Natural gas grills get their power from a direct line to the grill, so you never run out of fuel or have to replace propane tanks. If you grill often, you’ll also save money, since natural gas cost is a fraction of the price of propane.
The cost varies widely depending on the length of a new gas line that needs to be run and the amount of time it takes. You can get a more detailed quote and guidance from a local natural gas provider. pipes in your home. Of course, you can also balance all upfront costs against the long-term savings of using natural gas.
Need more info? Talk with your local gas utility company.