Gas Appliances

Looking at switching to natural gas home appliances may be an option to reduce your bills while seeing increases in performance and productivity.

Shale gas is in plentiful supply in the US resulting in low, stable equivalent prices, and gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel, consequently, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging option.

If you already have a natural gas line in your home, or are buying a new dwelling you should look at the potential gains of using more gas and natural gas household appliances.

Read more about gas appliances here from Elite Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Home Appliance?

A natural gas home appliance makes use of natural gas as the main fuel source. Gas devices are a viable substitute for electrically powered goods for heating your house, providing hot water, heating your food and even air conditioning and clothes drying.

In many situations gas home appliances nonetheless require an electrical outlet but use natural gas as the main fuel. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a gas cooker can still be used even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas clothes dryer still requires electricity to make the drum turn.

A List of Devices That Run On Natural Gas

Natural gas has many uses in your house.


Keeping yourself warm with gas generally costs less than heating your home with electricity. Your costs could be cut in half subject to your fuel tariffs and efficiency.

Natural gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and offers better reliability.This is due to gas lines being less exposed to the elements than power lines.

A Fireplace

Apart from heating gas is perfect for a log fire with real flames. With a natural gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and a focal point without the hassle.

Cooling Your Home

Gas air conditioners can offer an efficient way to keep your home cool, even if there is a power failure.

Gas air conditioning requires a bigger initial investment but is more cost effective on an ongoing basis meaning cost savings in the long term. Higher effectiveness also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Heating Water

There are two types of natural gas water heaters, on demand and tank. Natural gas heaters are more rapid and more fuel efficient than electric water heaters. On-demand water heaters also offer a continuous supply. Which is useful if you have a big family that appreciates long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always dug into the ground and protected from the elements means you will still have hot water even if you don’t have electricity.

Cooking Food

We’ve all come across the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line conceived to link the use of natural gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the origin the phrase is still around because it is true. A great many chefs and home cooks choose natural gas for the ability to control the temperature, and gas hobs also offer a much more efficient way of turning fuel into heat.


Gas might not be the immediate thing you think of when it comes to laundry, however, natural gas tumble dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers work at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Using Natural Gas Outside

Did you know you don’t just have to use natural gas inside your home? When it comes to outdoor entertaining, natural gas is a great power source for patio lights and cooking and even to heat your pool.

Impress guests as soon as they arrive with outdoor lighting, keep them warm on cool evenings and get the food cooking outside at the perfect temperature, whenever you are ready, and without the having to go to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as quickly as an electric heater. And natural gas patio heaters set the mood as well as offering warmth for the best outside living.

Benefits of Natural Gas Appliances

With any decision you make it’s best weight up the pros and the cons. Here are some of the benefits.

  • Gas is generally cheaper than electricity thus lowering your annual power bills.
  • Natural gas devices tend to be more efficient making them more sustainable for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound selection as it is viewed as the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are less exposed to the elements making supply more reliable. This means you can continue to cool your home even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Disadvantages of Natural gas Appliances

  • Natural gas devices generally are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the price of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be greater for a gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Having a natural gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be costly. The amount will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also require a big outlay so this should always be included in any cost benefit analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas appliances are not installed correctly or not maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

Making the decision between natural gas and electricity is not always simple and the right choice for you may not be the right decision for everyone.

Currently natural gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the price is your main driver this can be a major factor in the decision-making process. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, retrospectively installing natural gas comes at a cost. Thus, getting a quote for installing a gas line if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good place to start.

Another key advantage of natural gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power cuts are common where you live then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during outages can count for a lot.

Finally, the eco-friendly credentials of gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical appliances. Choosing renewable energy may turn out to be less expensive and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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