What To Consider When Switching From Electric to Gas

What To Consider When Switching From Electric to Gas
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    If you live in a household with an electric bill that always seems to be staggeringly high, we're sure you've started looking into some other options.

    One of the most common alternatives is using gas to supplement your electrical usage.


This will cut down on bills drastically. However, you’ll also need to know what to consider when switching from electric to gas, and that is what we’ll cover in today’s article.

Does Your Home Have a Gas Line and a Forced Air System?

Certain things—such as a gas line and forced-air system—need to already be in your home so it can use a gas-powered system. If you don’t have these things, they can still get installed before you make the switch.

If you don’t use gas, don’t worry—there’s likely already a gas line in your house. Additionally, a majority of people already use forced-air systems, so such a device is easily accessible.

The furnace will need this type of system to push the hot air throughout your home.

Where Are You Going To Put the Tank?

If you are going to use propane as your gas source, you will need a tank to hold it, unlike natural gas, which comes from a central location. First, you’ll need to decide if you want the tank above or below the ground.

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Both have their pros and cons, so consider each before deciding. Regardless of the type you go with, determine where it will go and ensure the gas company will have enough room to get it there.

Will You Need New Appliances?

Depending on what you plan on using it for, you might need to buy some new appliances that will work with gas power. While this isn’t a change you have to make right away, it will be an additional cost you’ll have to consider down the road.

Are There Any Energy-Saving Rebates in Your Area?

When looking at what to consider when switching from electric to gas, the number one thing people don’t know about is the rebates they can receive from gas companies or even their local government. Electricity is a hot commodity, so certain groups have been trying to find ways to encourage people to use other resources to run their homes.


Gas is more environmentally friendly than electric, so governments have been trying to push it for those reasons as well. These rebates can range from a few hundred dollars up to a couple thousand, so they’re definitely worth pursuing.

Will You Be Able To Afford It?

Now that you have all the pertinent info, it’s time to determine if you can afford it. Sure, switching to gas will save you a lot of money in the long run, but if you can’t afford all the up-front costs right now, then it’s not going to be worth it.

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That doesn’t mean you have to give up on gas, though. If you spend the next year saving up some extra money, you’ll eventually be able to afford the things you’ll need to buy and save a lot of money on your future electric bills.

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