Ever since electricity was made available nationwide, America has made huge advancements concerning the quality of life in this country. Unfortunately, as the cost of electricity has increased over the years, people must now be conscientious of how much energy they are using.
When it comes to saving money on electricity, people usually make an effort to turn off lights or unplug appliances while not in use. While these are good practices, another alternative to conserving electricity is to switch to natural gas as an alternative source of fuel. Most people do not realize is that your home’s hot water tank consumes more energy than almost any other appliance in your home. Since hot water heaters are not used as often as other appliances, most people forget about their potential cost.
Traditional hot water tanks are constantly heating water, regardless of whether or not it is in use. Even the most well-insulated water tanks will dissipate heat to the surrounding air, meaning that your water heater is frequently switching on to heat water that you may not even be using. This means that owning an electric hot water heater can be a huge drain on your finances. One alternative is to buy a water heater with better-insulated storage tank; however, even the most well-insulated tanks can still lose heat, requiring the water to periodically be reheated. Another option is to switch to a tankless system that only heats water on demand as it is being used, yet this method has problems as well. Tankless hot water heaters are extremely expensive, requiring you to make a large initial investment.
When it comes to your hot water heater, the best way to save money is by switching to a cheaper energy source. Solar heated water would be ideal choice, but this method has proven impractical in most parts of the country. Therefore, the best solution for homeowners wanting to cut back on electricity is to switch to a natural gas water heater. Compared to electricity, using natural gas as an energy source costs less when it comes to heating water, heating your home or cooking dinner. Natural gas also has the added benefit of being more consistent and reliable than electricity. People who use natural gas have less to worry about when it comes to downed power lines due to storms or fallen tree limbs. Fortunately, this never happens with natural gas, as it is piped into your house through underground pipes that are not affected by weather.
If you already have a natural gas line close to your home, then switching over from an electric hot water heater to a gas water heater is easy to do. You may have to contact your local gas company in order for them to run an underground pipe from your home to the street. While there will be some cost involved, switching to natural gas for hot water will pay for itself over time. You don’t have to stop with just your hot water heater. Natural gas is an extremely efficient and cost-effective energy source for other appliances as well. This fuel is also useful for furnaces, stoves, washing machines and driers. Having your home plumbed for natural gas can also increase your home’s value and potential marketability.
Another benefit of natural gas is that it burns cleaner than any other fossil fuel, meaning that it is better for the environment, even more so than electricity. Electricity comes from power plants, which are usually known for being major polluters. Natural gas companies also offer special incentives including rebates and a discount for your initial service, in an effort to make converting to gas even more economically appealing. While you need electricity to power lights, televisions, and so on, one of your home’s biggest energy consumers can easily be switched to natural gas. You might even discover that it is in your best financial interest to change over from a predominately electrical household to a home that uses a combination of electricity and gas.