Natural Gas: Separating the Myths and Realities
From leafy suburban houses in Kew to ultra modern apartments in Coburg, office buildings in Richmond to leading educational facilities in Melbourne’s CBD, natural gas has been a fixture in homes and commercial spaces across Melbourne and the rest of Australia for many decades.
Natural gas is as common as water or electricity because it comes with so many advantages. Us Melbournians rely on it on a daily basis to significantly improve our comfort and standard of living, be it through cooking, heating, water heating, and much more.
Yet, despite all this, there are still a few myths surrounding natural gas. So whether you’re researching the differences between natural gas and electricity, or you’re simply keen to learn more about natural gas, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Read on to discover the truths about natural gas.
Reality 1: connecting to natural gas is simple
One common myth we still hear today is the notion that connecting to natural gas is a complicated process. This couldn’t be further from the truth, especially in Melbourne, which boasts a well established and extensive gas pipeline infrastructure.
No matter if you’re connecting natural gas to a new or an existing home, the process is actually very straightforward. By following these simple steps, and with the aid of qualified tradies when needed, any Melbourne resident can be cooking with gas in no time:
- Check to see if natural gas is available in your area.
- Choose your preferred gas retailer.
- They will liaise with us to have your Melbourne gas service line connected.
- Your gas fitter will coordinate with your gas retailer to arrange for us to install, test and commission the gas meter.
- Choose your gas appliances and have them installed.
To find out more about the new connection process, read this full breakdown of what’s involved when connecting to an existing home.
If you’re building a new home in Melbourne, it’s even easier to connect to natural gas. All you need to do is talk to your builder, who can include the connection as a part of the build by laying pipes underground to connect your home gas line to the gas main in the street.
Converting your hot water service to natural gas is also made easy. This is because your chosen gas fitter or plumber can often provide you with a temporary portable gas hot water system to make sure you always have hot water.
Reality 2: natural gas is highly affordable
Switch to natural gas and save. Contrary to the myths surrounding its cost, natural gas is a highly affordable, efficient option. In fact, it can often be cheaper than doing the same job with electricity.
Unlike other fuel sources, you actually pay less for natural gas the more you use it. This is because the cost per unit of natural gas decreases as your consumption increases. Thus, connecting as many of your household appliances to natural gas as possible can be a truly cost-effective decision.
Naturally, these savings are dependent on your energy provider. After all, they set your prices. To find the best natural gas deals and rates, go to the Australian government tool Energy Made Easy or a similar gas and energy price comparison website.
Reality 3: natural gas is so versatile
In contrast to the outdated belief that gas is solely used as fuel for cooking and heating, natural gas can be used to power your indoor and outdoor life in so many innovative ways. You name it, natural gas can almost certainly power it.
Across Melbourne today, natural gas is being used for virtually every household function, including washing machines, underfloor heating, gas fireplaces, natural gas dryers, as well as barbeques and fire pits that help create your perfect outdoor entertainment space.
Reality 4: gas appliances are chic and modern
Among a small minority, there’s still a perception that all gas appliances look like some clunky, ancient, Dickensian gas stove. However, modern gas appliances are designed by top brands to look just as stylish and to suit any home, no matter your preferred home decor aesthetic.
Modern gas appliances don’t just look as good as their non-gas counterparts. They’re also known for saving energy consumption and thereby reducing your home’s environmental impact. They’re often cheaper than their electrical competitors too.
For these reasons, it’s little wonder so many manufacturers all over the globe are betting on the development of gas appliances today.
Reality 5: natural gas is readily available
According to Energy Networks Australia, around 4.5 million homes are connected to natural gas in Australia. That’s almost half of all Australian homes, along with around 134,000 commercial and industrial businesses, which use natural gas for their heating, cooking and more.
These numbers are increasing annually as more homes and businesses connect to the growing natural gas network. There’s currently more than 88,000kms of natural gas pipeline across Australia, with more being added every day to make natural gas even more accessible.