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Gas vs Electricity: what’s better for your home, wallet and the world?

02 Aug 2019
Maria

Maria

amaysim's digi marketing whiz

Vegemite and Fairy bread, Chicko Rolls and Sausage Rolls, all quintessential Aussies classics that we're fond of; but what about the old fashioned battle between gas and electricity?

When it comes to energy in Australia, we’re generally spoiled for choice with many homes having a combination of gas and electricity connections; but can a case be made for one being better than the other when it comes to your wallet and the environment?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, it's important to note households can purchase gas in two forms - natural gas, which is drawn from the mains gas network, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which gets delivered via large tanks that need to be replenished from time to time.

Natural gas is the more common option throughout the majority of Australia and has proven to be an affordable energy source, however it does have its limitations and is primarily suitable for water and space heating, clothes drying and cooking.

Despite some homes not having a natural gas connection at their disposal, the question remains; is it more economical to invest in setting up gas and opt for a mix of electricity and gas products in your home?

Bathroom

Water Heating

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!

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 may also find yourself running out of pre-heated water.

Lounge Room Heating

Room Heating

When it comes to gas versus electric heating costs in Australia, gas heaters (central heating and standalone heaters) generally 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.

Tomato Kitchen Cooking

Cooking

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 terms of reducing your home’s carbon footprint.

How can I set up a natural gas connection?

If your property isn’t currently connected to natural gas, you have a few options in regards to setting up a new connection.

The best way to figure out the available options at your address is to contact your chosen energy retailer (such as ourselves). We'll then verify with your local gas distributor whether we can distribute gas in your area and confirm the next steps regarding the installation of any equipment that may be required.

So, which option is best?

Gas certainly has its benefits and can technically be classified as being cheaper to run than electricity, so as long as you already have a natural gas connection available at your address.

If the option to install a gas connection is on the cards and you can afford to invest in gas appliances, then switching could potentially save you a fair bit money in the long run.

With this said, because the savings are generally made over a longer period of time. The upfront investment of setting up a gas conneciton, is not usually recommended for consumers who do not plan on living at the same property over a long term period, meaning the decision between electricity and gas comes down to your individual circumstance.

No matter which energy source you 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.

Till next time!

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winter energy

5 Ways to Reduce Winter Energy Usage

10 May 2020

Many of us watch our energy bills creep up during the peak of winter, but a warm home doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a massive power bill. These energy saving tips will help you discover how to save electricity in winter. Try our seasonal winter home energy saving tips and keep your energy bill manageable.

1. Stay old school, where possible

Being able to walk around your home without having to wear a lot of layers or carry a blanket is a wonderful luxury in winter. However, there’s a certain vintage charm to getting warm under a heavy blanket while the air outside your cosy blanket haven is still chilly.

Keeping things old school as much as you can, pulling out thermals, putting on socks, and cuddling up for warmth during a Netflix session, are some of our favourite power saving tips for winter.

Smart Home Devices

2. Go smart

Not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about how to lower an electricity bill in winter, but smart devices can help you save heaps when it comes to your power bill.

If you use household heating, a programmable smart thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. Some of these smart home devices can even be operated from smartphones, for when you just don’t want to leave the warmth of your blanket.

Who would have thought having an awesome home automation setup would bring your energy bill down!

Standby Power

3. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Just like choosing smart devices to save power, you can upgrade to energy-efficient appliances to save power too.

In Australia, most household appliances are rated according to their energy efficiency. Since efficient appliances use less electricity, they’re way cheaper to run. Of course, you don’t need to toss out your washing machine, dryer, fridge, microwave, and kettle just to save electricity in winter.

If you have an appliance that’s costing you a lot to run, it might actually save you money in the long run to buy a new, more efficient replacement.

Look up the energy ratings for all your big appliances (and small ones too if you can) and find any that could do with replacing.

4. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Energy-efficient bulbs are a no-brainer when it comes to ways to save money on electricity in winter. In fact, you should use these bulbs throughout the year to keep your electricity bill down, no matter the season.

These efficient bulbs use less power to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer than traditional bulbs.

If you feel like splurging, check out smart bulbs, they can be controlled by your phone as well as being energy efficient, neat! The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren't massive, but every little bit adds up when you know you’ll spend more power heating your home in winter.

5. Build up the washing pile

There’s no point in chucking on two jumpers and a pair of jeans into the washing machine during winter, how dirty could they really be? Before doing a load of washing or drying make sure you have a full basket.

It’s no secret that the washing machine and dryer chew up the most electricity in your house. Don’t let the chilly season increase your wash load because of the more layers of clothing being added to the basket.

Follow these simple tips on how to save electricity in winter and you should hopefully see some great results during the cold season.

Reducing your energy usage all year long will help you get in the mindset before June even comes around or if you want to be even more prepared for when summer rolls around.

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