Lower Your Gas Bill With Cost-Saving Appliances
Natural gas is the cheapest and most energy efficient form of home heating. Compared with homes powered by electricity from fossil fuels, this natural resource delivered to residences through pipelines can reduce household greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy costs by half. With the acceleration of the use of renewable natural gas, investments you make in natural gas appliances today will produce even deeper cuts in your emissions and lower your gas bill in the future.
The use of bio-gas from landfills, sewage treatment, agriculture and dairies would create GHG reductions equivalent to the GHG emissions from powering all California buildings by electricity, according to a Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) study.
Also, only one in 10 California residences want electric appliances, finds the same SoCalGas study. These natural gas appliances can help you lower your home energy costs.
Waking on a warm floor under your feet on cold winter days is no longer a luxury feature in home design. Radiant floors are heated by water, warmed by the natural gas furnace and piped through the residence via tubing. Radiant heating more evenly distributes heat and is more energy and space efficient than forced-air or baseboard heating. Cool air can be circulated in the summers.
Most radiant heating systems are compatible with laminate, carpet, hardwood, tile, stone and other popular types of flooring, ensure your system works with your choice of flooring.
Having a natural gas water heater means no more waking up to a cold splash of water in the morning or the water turning cold mid-shower. The tank heats up the water faster so hot water flows through the shower head sooner. These water heaters provide high thermal efficiency (some as high as 99%) and can cut your gas bill in half while emitting half the GHG emissions of electric water heaters.
Combination water and space heating systems save on installation, maintenance and space. Space heating is generated by hot water circulated through an air handler coil and blown by a fan though the duct system. Air conditioning can be added. Thankless water heaters can squeeze into small places.
If you want a room in the house to be toasty warm, a natural gas fireplace is your best option. Unlike wood fireplaces, natural gas does not emit particulate matter into the air.
While the natural gas model cannot compete with the aroma of fresh burning cedar, tougher environmental standards in many jurisdictions are making it harder to burn wood. At a minimum, you may be required to purchase a fireplace with environmental certification. Some jurisdictions are banning the use of fireplaces when smog—pollutant emissions and particulate matter in the air—is high.
As you snuggle in for a cozy evening in front of the fire place, you may find yourself faced with a big fine for burning wood. If you are seeking ambiance, the warm hues of the flames, even heat and lack of smoke and sparks create a cozy, relaxing atmosphere.
Cooking Ranges and Ovens
Home chefs are onto the secrets of the pros. Whether simmering, sauteing or flambeing, cooking over an open flame is the choice of top chefs. They like to be in control of the flame and instantly add or lower heat as required. There’s no need to wait for the burner to heat up. The instantly ignited flame evenly distributes heat across the pan. Besides the culinary benefits, gas ranges can operate at half the energy costs of electric ranges.
In gas ovens and barbecues, the flame consumes the smoke to provide smokeless broiling. No more need to open the oven door and silence the fire alarm or eat charred barbecued steak from greasy vapors.
Newer models use electronic spark ignitions, which can deliver energy savings of up to 30 percent over burning pilot lights. Options to consider in gas cooking appliances include self-cleaning, five burners, a warming drawer, and a lava stone for grilling steak and fish.
Natural Gas Dryers
Natural gas dryers can save on heat but did you know they can also save energy—yours and kilowatts—from the tedious task of ironing? They can dry clothes in half of the time of an electric dryer while the moist and evenly distributed heat removes wrinkles.
In the bathroom, heated towel racks keep your towels and bathroom warm while controlling humidity. Wifi-enabled towel racks connect to your smart home system for remote control.
Energy savings from natural gas grills, heating and swimming pool heating can provide you with more time to enjoy your patio or pool. Natural gas lighting can bring a warm glow to your evenings, but be aware that the ambiance could be at the expense of a higher gas bill.
The natural gas used to light eight gas lamps year round is equivalent to that used to heat an average-sized home in the winter, according to energy supplier CNG.
Connectivity is a key function to consider when buying natural gas appliances for your upgraded natural gas smart home. With a smart home hub, you will be able to turn appliances off and on at preset times and other parameters (e.g., temperature, humidity) and copy them. When the fireplace turns on, for example, radiant floor heating and lighting can be automatically lowered.
You can further save by taking advantage of energy efficient programs at the utility, state and national level. They may include:
The recycling of old appliances
Rebates on energy efficient appliance purchases
Free or discounted annual audits of natural gas furnaces and appliances. These visits often come with other eco-goodies, such as free eco-shower heads, energy efficient light bulbs, smart thermostats, and carbon monoxide detectors
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