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Gas vs. Electric: Which Appliances Are Best

When buying new appliances, many homeowners wonder about the difference between gas and electric appliances and which one is better. Before deciding on either one, take a look at this comparison to learn more about gas and electric appliances.

Cost

Cost is an important factor when choosing between gas and electric power, and the answer is simple: electric is cheaper upfront and gas is cheaper in the long run. Electric appliances cost less than gas appliances to purchase, but gas appliances make up for their elevated purchasing cost by saving you money on your monthly bills. However, there is more than just the cost of the appliance to consider.

If you’re thinking about switching from one to the other, keep in mind that preparing gas and electric lines has a cost. If you’re switching to electric, you’ll have to have the gas line capped. If you’re switching to gas, you’ll have to pay for the line to be rerouted to your house. Both of these services cost hundreds of dollars, so it’s important to include these extra costs when you’re budgeting and weighing your options.

Efficiency

In general, gas appliances require only a third of the energy that electric appliances do to accomplish the same job, meaning natural gas is more efficient. However, specific appliances have different definitions of “efficient” depending on what you want from the. 

A gas grill gives food a more smokey flavor but takes longer to cook food, so those who value speed over flavor may prefer an electric grill. For similar reasons, many homeowners prefer electric ovens and fireplaces over natural gas. In short, your appliance needs can determine whether electric or gas is best for you.

Safety

Both gas and electric appliances come with certain safety risks, like most things. If you have gas appliances, install carbon monoxide detectors and proper ventilation. Electric appliances proper wiring to avoid fires and electrocution. With proper safety precautions, natural gas and electricity are both safe to use.

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