The energy choices you make are important. They affect the environment, certainly. They also affect how comfortable you are in your own home. And very importantly, they affect how much money you spend. If you’re using natural gas today, you’ve already made a good choice for the environment, your home and your finances.
About Water Heaters
Natural gas water heaters can heat up to twice the amount of water in the same amount of time as an electric model—which means you’re less likely to run out of hot water when you need it. Natural gas water heaters are available in tank and tankless models. Both have significant advantages over electric and propane water heaters: With fewer parts to wear out, natural gas water heaters are generally considered more durable than electric models. If the power goes out, most gas water heaters continue to deliver plenty of hot water.
Water Heaters and Furnaces
Sinks and Showers
Washers and Dryers
A natural gas dryer can dry two loads of clothes in the same time it takes for one load in an electric dryer. This precision allows your dryer to keep pace with your washing machine. Less tumbling means that natural gas dryers are gentler on your clothes. Natural gas dryers dry clothes more quickly and with less static electricity and fewer wrinkles, than electric dryers.
Natural gas furnaces heat your home faster. Air from a natural gas furnace is up to 25 degrees warmer when it comes through the vent than air from an electric heat pump. Most new high-efficiency furnaces have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of 90 percent or higher. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the unit and the more money you can save.
Look for these high-tech features that improve furnace efficiency:
Gas Space Heaters
Energy-efficient gas space heaters are growing in popularity — and for good reason, they operate even during power outages. They’re also great solutions for heating small rooms — or whenever you need a bit more warmth.
The two basic types of gas space heaters are:
Natural gas logs and fireplaces provide the warmth and charm of a glowing fire, without the mess and bother of firewood and ashes. More homeowners are discovering the lasting benefits of gas logs:
Weatherization is one of the easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient. By making sure your home is sealed properly and that you’re not wasting water, you can drive down your energy costs.
If you’re looking for ways to get started weatherizing your home, the list of items below is a good place to start.
Place caulk or foam between the electrical box and drywall on switches and outlets located on exterior walls. Then place these foam gaskets behind the plates for a good, airtight seal.
Child Safety Caps
Promote energy conservation and child safety by keeping drafts and your child’s favorite toys away from unused electrical outlets.
If you have an attic access located within your home, make sure the access door is insulated and seals tight, much like a refrigerator. Use weather-stripping and screen door latches for a snug seal.
Caulk is best for gaps and cracks less than about ¼” wide. If the caulked joint will be visible, consider using paintable caulk. Use a high-quality caulk to ensure durability and longevity.
Window Insulator Kit
Seals windows airtight, eliminates condensation, cold drafts and heat loss. A typical kit contains enough plastic shrink film and two-way tape to cover four average size windows. Use tape to hold the plastic film in place and then use a hair dryer to shrink film to form a smooth, tight finish inside a storm window.
Low Flow Shower Head and Sink Aerator
A family of four each showering five minutes a day can use about 700 gallons of water per week. Water conserving showerheads and faucet aerators can cut hot water use in half, saving that family 14,000 gallons of water a year.
Insulated pipes keep the hot water that exists in the pipes warmer, meaning you won’t have to wait as long for hot water - reducing waste.
Water Heater Jacket Cover
A water heater jacket can reduce up to 15% off of the costs of heating water by preventing energy loss.
Silicone caulk helps fill cracks and gaps where air can enter or escape your home.
Toilet Tank Displacement Device
Control the amount of water used to flush your toilet, saving hundreds of gallons of water per year.
Foundation Vent Cover
Help keep cold air out of your basement or crawl space by covering vents during the winter. Foundation vents help keep your floors warmer and ultimately your heating bills down.
Shower Head On/Off Switch
Turn off or lower the flow of your shower when you need less. Perfect for reducing water waste when shaving.`
The insulation R-value you need depends on the climate and your heating and cooling system, but the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness.
Make sure your furnace stays in winter-ready condition. We recommend an annual inspection by a qualified contractor, which should include:
Here are some things you can do:
Dreaming of one of those beautiful natural gas ranges you see in the magazines? Patterned after models prized by professional chefs, today’s gas ranges offer even cooking, high-output burners and super-low simmer settings. Other cook-friendly features include self-cleaning ovens and vented grills.
Remember: If the power goes out, you can still cook for your family.
Cooking and baking
Many consumers are investing in their homes to create beautiful outdoor spaces they can enjoy with their families and guests year-round. Here’s how natural gas appliances can improve your outdoor living areas.
Natural Gas Grills
More homeowners who love to cook outdoors are switching to natural gas grills. They are fast—usually ready for cooking in 10 minutes or less. And natural gas grills are so convenient and easy to use. No more trying to get the charcoal lit or lugging those heavy propane tanks to be refilled. Best of all, natural gas grills never run out of fuel. How many times have you had hungry children or guests disappointed when the propane ran out?
Gas grills can be installed just about anywhere. They can be permanently mounted in-ground or on your deck. Or you can use a quick-connect option and install your grill on a portable cart, so you can move it when you’re not using it. Add-on options include cast iron grids, adjustable shelves, side burners, rotisseries and instant-start ignition.
Natural gas grills offer more precise temperature control than charcoal. Cooking outdoors on a natural gas grill also reduces heat in the kitchen, which puts less demand on air conditioning during hot summer months.
Take the chill off. When temperatures drop, your family can continue to enjoy the outdoors with a natural gas heater on your patio or deck. Natural gas patio heaters radiate heat downward to warm a 12- to 20-foot area. They are most effective when the outdoor temperatures are between 40 and 60 degrees. Patio heaters can be located almost anywhere with post mount and portable models available.
Natural gas outdoor lights provide bright and natural light to any outdoor space, in front of your home and also in the backyard. They can be mounted on exterior walls, porch ceilings or on lampposts. In addition to adding charm and character to your home and outdoor living space, the functionality of outdoor gas lights can’t be beat! Enjoy:
Efficiently Heating Pools and Spas
There are many reasons to install a natural gas boiler to heat your home, including easier maintenance as well as cost and environmental benefits.
Oil Boilers vs. Gas Boilers
No power? No problem!
If you’ve been stranded without power due to storms or other disruptions, natural gas generators are a great way to ensure you have power when you need it. Fueled continuously by natural gas, generators are fully automatic, turning on within seconds of an electrical outage and turning off when the power returns.
If you are considering a natural gas backup generator for your home, there are important things you need to know before making your purchase. Prior to your purchase and installation, let us help you determine:
From your attic to your basement, save energy to save money.
There are some things you can’t control, such as spending more time at home right now. However, during this time, you can take control of your energy use to save money. View our infographic >>
It is an excellent time to inspect appliances and schedule routine maintenance. As your natural gas needs change with the seasons, keep these tips in mind.
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