4 Ways Natural Gas Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
According to data from the American Gas Association, households that use natural gas for heating, cooking and clothes drying can save more than $1,100 a year in energy costs. To see how natural gas makes such an impact on energy efficiency, let’s take a closer look at each major system in our homes.
Natural gas is the fuel of choice for water heating in millions of American homes, after providing reliable hot water for decades. Natural gas units heat water quickly and are affordable to operate. Plus, ENERGY STAR® certified units are independently tested to use less energy than standard models while still providing the quality performance that homeowners have come to trust.
Another option is a tankless natural gas water heater that provides instant hot water on demand, potentially saving energy and water in the process. Whether you go with a storage or tankless water heater, there are opportunities to save up to $200 with Piedmont’s water heater rebates. Check your eligibility and apply online for faster rebate processing.
Natural gas furnaces heat up quickly and some models have efficiencies of up to 97% or more – that’s up to 15% more efficient than standard models.
Choose an ENERGY STAR certified natural gas boiler and you may save about $780 over the lifetime of the product. These units come with new combustion technologies that extract more heat from the same amount of fuel.
Natural gas heat pumps typically have efficiencies of more than 100%. These units are driven by a gas engine or gas-fueled premixing burner. They transfer heat into or out of the house to provide high-efficiency space heating and cooling.
Learn about Piedmont’s natural gas furnace rebates and check your eligibility requirements for up to $325 in savings.
Cooking on a natural gas range can provide energy savings and other attractive benefits:
- Faster heat-up. Homeowners can serve dinner in less time and use the savings for other important family purchases.
- More precise temperature control. An inexperienced cook can become a gourmet chef! It’s easy to sear, grill and simmer food with the immediate temperature control of natural gas.
- Compatible with all types of cookware. Don’t invest in new cookware. Natural gas performs well with nonstick pans, iron skillets, stainless steel pots and copper kettles.
Many states and local areas have kitchen cooktop ventilation standards. Check with code authorities in your area for specific ventilation requirements.
Natural gas provides instant heat, which can help clothes dry faster. Plus, ENERGY STAR certified dryers typically use 20% less energy than standard models and can be paired with a matching clothes washer for even greater savings.