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How do I know if my home uses natural gas?
Natural gas is carried underground through a pipeline, so it can be tough to tell whether a home uses natural gas – and, if it does, which appliances are fueled by it. To check, look for a blue flame when you turn your stove on. If you see one, your home is equipped for natural gas. If not, you may still have natural gas fueling other appliances, including your water heater and furnace (learn how to check if they use natural gas here). As a new home buyer, you can also look at real estate listings for more information.
Does natural gas improve my home’s value?
Having your home powered by natural gas can increase its value on the market. In fact, homes fueled by natural gas have a 6% increase in market value and are more attractive to 70% of homebuyers. An added bonus? Homes with natural gas tend to be more energy efficient and are easy to manage, leading you to lower utility bills. Learn more about the difference between natural gas and electric and the appliances in your home that can be powered by natural gas. Plus, see how you can save energy by pairing these appliances with smart home technologies.
What are natural gas appliances?
Many home appliances can be powered by natural gas, including natural gas dryers, water heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, grills, outdoor lights, pool heaters, ranges and ovens.
Natural gas appliances run more efficiently than appliances powered by electricity. For example, many natural gas dryers can dry two loads of laundry in the same amount of time that it takes an electric dryer to dry one load.
If you already have natural gas appliances in your home, we have tips to help you maintain them and maximize energy efficiency. Check out our natural cleaning method for natural gas ovens and ranges, learn how to drain sediment from your water heater tank, and play an interactive game that provides information about the home appliances that use the most energy.
I’m going on vacation. What should I do with my natural gas appliances?
Here are the top to-dos to check off your list before leaving your house for an extended period of time:
What are the advantages of cooking with natural gas?
Natural gas provides the ability to cook at precise temperatures thanks to its instant heat and fine degree of temperature control. In addition, natural gas appliances distribute heat evenly, ensuring your favorite dishes are prepared perfectly every time.
Cooking with gas can also help you save energy and money. Because natural gas is a cost-efficient energy source, natural gas appliances tend to come with lower operating costs than their electric counterparts.
Clean your natural gas range in 10 minutes or less, naturally remove remnants of food from your natural gas oven, and scrub off soot from your natural gas grill in 10 simple steps.
Which appliances use the most natural gas?
Be careful: household appliances can guzzle up energy usage in your household (even when you’re not using the appliances)! Be on the lookout for these energy hogs in your home:
My natural gas water heater isn’t working. How can I fix it?
No one wants to end a long day with a cold shower. Luckily, if your natural gas water heater is not warming up, there are a few simple fixes you can explore before calling a professional.
One likely scenario is that the pilot light on your water heater has gone out. While this can occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from flooding to a strong draft, it’s simple to relight on your own. Learn how here.
You may also need to increase the temperature on your natural gas water heater, particularly if you set it to the “Vacation” setting before a long trip. Alternatively, if you haven’t drained the sediment in your water heater for a year or more, your appliance may not be performing optimally.
If these fixes have failed to warm your water after 20 minutes, you may need to contact an HVAC professional or a plumber.
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