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Natural Gas is a fantastic addition to the energy mix at home. Here are the top five reasons to feel at home with natural gas.
Natural gas is cheaper than grid supplied electricity
Natural Gas appliances can be cheaper to run on an annual basis compared with electric appliances. Switching to natural gas for heating, cooking and hot water could save you a lot of money. For example, when switching from grid supplied electricity to a gas hot water system, a family of four could save up to $500 every year*
Natural gas is cheaper than LPG
Natural gas appliances can be cheaper to run on an annual basis than LPG appliances. For example for a family of four, switching to an instant natural gas hot water system from LPG could save up to $546 every year^.
Natural gas listens to you
It’s no secret that for many, gas is a preferred energy source for cooking – including the professionals! The blue flame comes up instantly and the heat is always so controllable, whether you’re cooking in your kitchen or outdoors on a natural gas barbecue.
Natural gas is yours
Our network of pipes delivers WA’s abundant natural gas reserves to Perth, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and across the south west.
Natural gas is cleaner than grid supplied electricity
Natural gas is one of the cleanest forms of non-renewable energy. In WA’s south-west natural gas produces up to 70% less greenhouse emissions than grid supplied electricity.**
See How much you could save with natural gas
In addition to the environmental benefits, using natural gas can save a substantial amount of money. Use our energy mix calculator to see how much better off your budget could be by using natural gas to power your home.
Natural gas can provide you the warmth you want, where and when you want it. Natural gas not only provides instant warmth and comfort, but it can be a more efficient and economical energy source.
Gas heating appliances are one of the best ways to keep your home warm. Portable gas heaters are generally cheaper to run and generate lower greenhouse emissions than an equivalent electric heating system.
If you already have a gas heating system, make sure you service it regularly. Servicing can improve your heater’s performance and keep it running efficiently.
If you’re considering using gas to heat your home, there are a number of great options available:
- Natural gas flame fires provide warmth and atmosphere. It is important to choose one suitable for your room size.
- Portable natural gas heaters are a flexible option that can be moved from room to room. Not only are these heaters convenient, they can be cost competitive to run.
- Ducted natural gas heating is a versatile heating option that warms your home quickly in winter
Generating and storing hot water to use in your home can account for up to 40% of your home's energy costs, so saving money in this area could have a significant impact on your energy bills each month. For example, when switching from electricity to an instantaneous gas hot water system, a family of four could save up to $500 every year*
There’s a large range to choose from all with different capabilities so you can find the right one for your home. The two kinds of systems available are:
Continuous flow system – often referred to as ‘instant’ hot water systems, this type of heater provides immediate, continuous hot water that never runs out. The units themselves are small, to fit within confined spaces, and more modern units come with a control pad providing simple and convenient temperature control.
Storage hot water system – these systems heat water and keep it stored in an insulated tank ready for when you need it and come in a range of sizes to suit your needs.
All natural gas hot water units are designed for easy installation by licensed plumbers and gas fitters. To find a qualified plumber or gas fitter in your area visit the Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association website.
There’s a good reason you’re likely to have heard the phrase “now we’re cooking with gas”!
Natural gas provides instant, clean and visible heat that gives you complete control.
When you cook with natural gas on your cooktop, you can control the exact amount of heat delivered - no waiting for elements to heat up or cool down and you can see the blue flame at all times. Not to mention, if there is a power outage, it’s still possible to use your gas cook top to cook a meal.
Gas cook tops are popular in WA so why not extend the benefits of using natural gas to your oven! That’s right, not only do gas ovens exist, but they have all the same features as electric ovens, with the added benefits of fewer CO2 emissions and comparable running costs.
If you’re building or renovating, it pays to consider natural gas appliances in your kitchen – both for the environment and for your hip pocket.
Have you ever had a house full of friends and family, headed outside to turn on the BBQ and discovered your LPG bottle is empty? Why risk running out of gas when it’s possible to have a BBQ connected to the secure, reliable household natural gas supply, meaning you’ll never be caught short again!
Natural gas-fuelled BBQs are becoming increasingly popular. Changing to a natural gas BBQ means you’ll always be cooking with gas, and will save on running costs too!
If you want to switch to natural gas for your outdoor area you need to make sure your appliances are set up for natural gas. This is a simple change but needs to be done by a licensed gas fitter. To find one in your local area visit the Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association website.
Another way to effectively use gas within your home is with gas powered air conditioning.
Gas Powered Air Conditioning (GPAC) is similar to traditional electric systems with the difference being a small gas engine drives the outdoor compressor unit rather than an electric motor.
GPAC is available in reverse cycle allowing for both cooling and heating and can be a single unit mounted on the wall in an individual room or as a ducted system allowing you to temperature control your entire home, or zones within your home.
While GPAC might be a new concept for many of us in WA, the development of natural gas powered air conditioning was supported by the Japanese government in the early 1980s as a potential solution to Japan’s peak electricity problem. With WA facing similar issues right now, GPAC is definitely an option worth considering – particularly for builders and renovators.
GPAC is a proven and reliable technology with local service and installation expertise available in WA. Contact us to find out more.
Much like an electric clothes dryer, natural gas dryers circulate hot air through tumbling clothes, soaking up moisture before passing through a lint trap and out via a vent.
Natural gas dryers can dry clothes more quickly and generally use less energy than traditional vented electric dryers, meaning you save on running costs!
Natural gas dryers are available in a range of sizes to suit your home and lifestyle.
Natural gas offers many of environmental benefits over other energy sources, particularly other fossil fuels.
Across a number of uses and activities, it can provide the smarter and more environmentally friendly energy choice than grid supplied electricity.
Compared to oil and coal, natural gas produces less:
- Carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the primary greenhouse gas
- Sulphur dioxide, which can cause acid rain
- Nitrogen oxides, which cause smog
- Particulate matter which can affect visibility as well as people's health.
In Western Australia natural gas produces up to 70% less greenhouse gas emissions than grid supplied electricity.
Savings With Gas
Savings with Gas
Along with our impact on the environment, it’s fair to say that cost is the other key factor in making energy choices in our homes.
With energy costs on the rise, natural gas costs are rising more slowly than electricity costs. Also, with multiple gas retailers to choose from, if you shop around you’re likely to be able to find a better deal.
Making some relatively small changes in how you power the appliances within your home could save you hundreds of dollars each year.
For example a family of 4 could save upto $500 per year on their hot water costs alone, compared to grid supplied electricity.
Use our Energy Mix Calculator to see how much your family could save.
For natural gas appliances the energy rating label is a helpful guide to show you how energy efficient the appliance is and how much natural gas it uses each year.
The more stars an appliance has, the more efficient the appliance – which is better for your pocket and for the environment.
While the labelling of gas appliances is voluntary, the criteria are consistent, and ratings can help you make decisions around:
- Domestic gas cooking appliances
- Natural gas space (room) flued heaters
- Natural gas water heaters
- Natural gas clothes dryers
- Domestic outdoor gas barbecues
* Comparing Natural Gas powered storage hot water to an electric powered hot water storage system (see: https://www.betterwithgas.com.au/about-the-calculator/) for a family of four (4). Usage cost comparisons are made up from an average of plan prices set by all major retailers, natural gas tariffs and Synergy Home Plan (A1) electricity tariffs as of November 2020. Standing charges are not included.
^Comparing Natural Gas powered storage hot water to an LPG powered hot water storage system (see: https://www.betterwithgas.com.au/about-the-calculator/) for a family of four (4). Usage cost comparisons are made up from an average of plan prices set by all major retailers, natural gas tariffs as of November 2020 and the average price of Kleenheat, Origin and Elgas LPG Gas Bottle Home Delivery services, for a 45KG bottle in Perth as of November 2020. Standing charges not included.
**Source: Energy Networks Australia - Reliable and clean gas for Australian homes (October 2017)