What Household Appliances Use Natural Gas?

Natural Using natural gas appliances in your home is a smart choice for energy-conscious consumers. Natural gas has many advantages; it is a clean, renewable, and efficient fossil fuel. Per the American Gas Association (AGA), a households using natural gas for heating, cooking and drying clothes can save an average of $874 per year when compared to homes using electricity for those same chores. Here are a few common household appliances that use natural gas.

Heating systems

More than half of homes in the United States use natural gas heating. One reason is because natural gas heat feels warmer than heat generated by an electric heat pump. The most common type of furnace is a forced-air central heating system where air is pulled into the unit, moved to a heat exchanger, then warmed by a gas burner and circulated by a blower throughout the home via ductwork.

Radiant water-based or hydronic heating systems have a gas boiler that heats water and sends it through the home via pipes and tubes. There are also combination water and space heating systems and space heaters. All of these systems use natural gas to provide heat.

Overall, a natural gas heating system may cost more than an electric system to buy and install, but it often costs less to operate, saving you money in the long run.

Water heaters

If you like a long, hot showers or have a family, using a natural gas water heater may be the best option for a couple of reasons. Natural gas water heaters can heat up to twice the amount of water in the same amount of time as an electric water heater and two bathtubs full of water heated by gas for the cost of one tub full of water heated by electricity. So, you’ll save time, money, and be less likely to run out of hot water with a natural gas water heater.

Gas fireplaces

Fireplaces add beauty, warmth, and coziness to living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and more. Gas logs and fireplaces burn cleaner than wood logs, which ultimately create ashes. This allows you to enjoy the glow and heat your fireplace provides without worrying about messy cleanup.

Ranges and grills

Savvy home and professional chefs often prefer cooking with gas ranges because they allow heat to be controlled more quickly and precisely than an electric range or cooktop. The flame can be turned up or down more precisely and the heat is distributed evenly. Plus, cooking on a natural gas range costs about half as much as cooking on an electric range. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Saver suggests looking for a natural gas oven, which uses an electric ignition system instead of a pilot light that is constantly burning helping you to conserve and reduce energy costs. These same benefits also apply to cooking outdoors with a gas grill.

Clothes dryers

Natural gas dryers may cost more up front and require a gas hookup installation, if you don’t already have one. After these initial costs, however, gas dryers dry clothes faster and use less energy in the process. Electronic drying sensors can also sense when the clothes are dry and shut the dryer off automatically, which also helps conserve energy.

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