Homeowners have two options when it comes to powering the appliances in their home: gas or electric. Electricity is generated at a power plant, while natural gas is found abundantly under the ground. Gas is made up of methane and other various hydrocarbons. Whether it is the stove, the heater, or your home’s fireplace, gas is the better option. In fact, upgrading your home is more practical, more energy-efficient and can increase the value of your home.
Gas: The Practical Option
When it comes to your stovetop, you may have a preference for cooking over gas or electric. However, have you ever considered what to do if there is an electrical outage? If you have an electric stove, there is no way for you to use it. With a gas stove, you would be able to cook by lighting the pilot light.
The heating and/or fireplace of your home also would not work during an electrical outage if it were electric. If the electricity went out during the winter, you would be very cold unless you had gas appliances.
Typically, the price of natural gas is lower than the cost of electric. While the prices vary by state, choosing gas appliances over electric typically result in a 10 to 30 percent saving in energy costs. This is also affected by how efficiently the system works, so maintaining your gas appliances is important to keep the savings high.
Another reason that gas appliances are more efficient is because 90% of gas reaches the consumer, while only 10% is lost as energy during the process. Electricity is lost at a much higher rate- only 30% of the energy generated makes it into your home.
Benefits of Gas Stoves
In addition to being more energy efficient, upgrading to a gas stove has a few other benefits:
The Safety of Gas
There is one area where electric outweighs gas and that is safety. While gas explosions are rare, they do sometimes happen. Another thing to consider is whether or not you have small children or animals in the home. Gas stoves require you to cook over an open flame, which may be more dangerous.
One thing to remember is that you should not leave a gas stove on for long periods of time. This will reduce any dangers associated with gas inhalation. While the above safety issues are a negative, natural gas is eco-friendlier. It has significantly less carbon emissions that the energy generation process releases.
Effects on Home Value
When it comes to choosing the type of energy to use for your appliances, many homeowners prefer gas. While it does have a couple downsides, it is the more energy efficient option. The appeal of natural gas appliances to homeowners increases homes that have them.
Keep in mind as you upgrade your home that natural gas powered appliances are more efficient, eco-friendlier, and more affordable. In addition to reducing your energy costs by 10 to 30 percent, choosing gas over electric will raise the value of your home. Contact Discount Propane Inc. with questions and concerns to find out which options may be the best for your home.2016-07-13