The Benefits of Converting to Gas – contributed by Alkimos Plumbing & Gas

If you have an electric hot water system, an electric stove and oven combination, or even electric heaters, you may find that these do not run according to your personal needs and requirements. This can be frustrating on the day-to-day. While electric systems have slowly become what seems to be the standard for household use, it’s important to note that you are not limited to only electric for your appliances. Rather, it may be a good idea to convert your systems to natural gas, if this fits your requirements.

Converting to natural gas has many benefits, which you will see below.

  • Efficient

You may find that using an electric heater, rooms in your home take a long time to warm up during the cold winter months. With gas heaters, however, the wait is shortened, as they are more effective and efficient when it comes to heating small to medium areas. Ducted gas heating systems are, on the other hand, extremely effective when it comes to larger areas, and whole home heating solutions benefit from gas because of its efficiency. 

Aside from this, you’ll find that you can use gas to cook, too. Whether it’s stovetop or using a BBQ, having gas as your power source means that you’re able to get the burner at the temperature that you need it quicker, as opposed to electric stovetops that require you to wait until the elements warm up before you can use it. And because you can see the flame, it’s easy to adjust the heat as you need it, which lessens mistakes and food burning, too. And like stovetops, gas ovens heat faster than electric ovens. And because ovens use a fair amount of power, you’ll find that you’ll get quite a lot of use with a gas oven over the years because you’ll get long-term savings with its installation, too.

  • Reduces Energy Waste

The way that gas heats up your hot water is not only efficient, it is also less consumptive of energy. Hot water systems use a lot of power, after all, and most households have tank water systems which consume a great amount of energy to keep the water in the tank heated, and ready for use. With gas hot water systems, it’s different. It only heats the water when you turn on the tap, and supplies hot water quickly, wherever you need it, but stops heating the water once the tap is off. This means that you don’t run out of the water, and you don’t waste precious energy heating water that you don’t need right there and then. 

  • Fewer CO2 Emissions

Gas, as opposed to electric appliances requiring coal power, is a cleaner fuel. If you’re worried about your environmental footprint, it may be a worthwhile endeavour to look into converting to gas. And because it’s clean burning, you’ll find that it has fewer maintenance requirements than, say, LPG. 

  • Multipurpose

If you’re wanting to start your gas installation, you may be thinking where you can use it. Gas can be used from cooking to heating the home, to hot water systems, to even heating your pool, too! This simple conversion applies to many appliances in the home, which means that you’ll get the efficiency and energy-saving components of this power source across a varied area.

  • Cost-efficient

Because gas is not only energy-efficient, clean burning, and multipurpose, it’s not too much of a stretch that it is cost-efficient, too. Gas running costs are lower by about 30 to 45 percent of their electric counterparts, and that is because of its efficiency and less energy consumptive aspect. Over time, you’ll find that by switching to gas connections where you can, you’ll be saving an appreciable amount of money from your energy bill. So not only are you considering converting to an energy source that ensures quick heating for your home and for your cooking, you’re also considering an energy source that is more gentle for the environment and your yearly costs, too.

It’s important to note that depending on where you live, you may or may not have access to the mains network, so if you’re wanting to convert to gas, contact your local gas company to see if you’re eligible for gas connection. A licensed gas plumber can then help you to connect to gas, and start your day to day savings, as well as environmentally-friendly energy usage, sooner rather than later. While it’s important to consider that electric systems are cheaper to install, their running costs in the long run may not be worth it for your budget. Converting to gas when and where you can is a great way to keep your costs down, ensure efficiency in your appliances, and keep the environment happy, too. It’s a win-win solution all around!

 

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