Vegemite and Fairy bread, Chicko Rolls and Sausage Rolls, all quintessential Aussies classics that we're fond of; but what about the gold old fashioned battle between Gas and electricity?
When it comes to energy in Australia, we’re generally spoilt for choice with many homes having a combination of both gas and electricy connectiions available; but can a case me made for one being better than the other when it comes to your home, wallet and the environment?
While not all homes have a natural gas connection available; the question remains - is it more economical to invest in setting up gas and opt for a mix of electrcity and gas products in your home?
Hot water uses a lot of power, whether you’re in the shower, running the washing machine or dishwasher. A gas water heater will cost more to buy and install but is much more efficient, so it’s going to save you money in the long run. Instant gas systems heat water on demand - so you’re not going to suddenly end up in a cold shower! Brrrrr.
An electric water heater that stores and constantly heats water in case you need it uses a lot more energy and is the most expensive option. Depending on the size of the tank, you can run out of pre-heated water.
When it comes to gas versus electric heating costs in Australia, gas heaters (central heating and standalone heaters) cost less to run than most standard electric heaters. But you need a flue, air vents or an open door/window to remove hazardous fumes.
Reverse cycle air conditioning is the most energy efficient electric heating option. Systems with high energy star ratings that store heat produced using off-peak electricity can be cheaper to run and generate fewer emissions than most gas systems.
Is gas cheaper than electricity for cooking? You betcha. Gas cooktops and ovens are the sprinters of the cooking world. They heat up faster than electric cooking options and when you turn the gas off, bingo - the flame and heat goes too. That alone makes gas more efficient and cheaper to use.
Electric options are like long distance runners. It takes longer to get to the right temperature and it’s slow to cool down. If you’re going electric, an induction cooktop is more energy efficient than a standard one.
What about the environment?
Gas and electricity both emit greenhouse gases but gas is the more environmentally friendly choice, especially for heating. Gas systems can produce up to 80% fewer emissions than electric heaters.
Overall, natural gas emits about half as much carbon as coal-generated electricity. It’s not as ‘green’ as renewable sources like solar, but it’s a step in the right direction in reducing your home’s carbon footprint until renewable energy becomes more widespread.
No matter which energy source your use, it’s important to ensure your energy plan is cost-effective and suitable for your household’s needs; shop around and compare prices to ensure you’re receiving the best deal.
At amaysim, our electricity and gas plans are hassle-free, free from lock-in contracts and include great-value flat rates, meaning you won’t have to worry about trying to work out confusing discount information.
If you’re interested in making the switch, we can provide you an obligation-free energy quote in less than a minute - did someone say simple?
Till next time!