Natural gas furnaces distribute heat more evenly than electric heating. Natural gas water heaters heat up to 40 percent faster than electric models. Natural gas ranges cook food faster with better heat control. And natural gas dryers produce less static cling. Plus, you’ll never have the hassle of wood with a natural gas fireplace.
Natural gas heating delivers air faster and warmer than heat produced by other electric heating equipment. A natural gas fireplace can warm a room much faster than a wood-burning fireplace. A more comfortable home is one with natural gas.
Natural gas costs less than electricity, heating oil or propane when used to heat your home or water. Electricity can cost up to twice as much.
Simply put, natural gas is the cleanest-burning energy source for your home. In most applications, natural gas produces less chemical emissions and particulates which can cause acid rain or smog. And the majority of natural gas for domestic use is produced in the U.S. and Canada.
Direct use of natural gas for home and/or water heating is twice as efficient as using natural gas to produce electricity and transmitting it to a home. And with the use of energy-efficient gas appliances, even more efficiency is achieved.
Natural gas can do more than heat your home. It can be used for water heating, clothes drying, cooking, and fireplaces. It can also be used outdoors for barbecuing, gas lighting, and even to heat your swimming pool or hot tub.
Natural gas is piped directly into your home and is always there when you need it. You’ll never have to worry about running out of fuel, and many gas appliances will operate during a power outage.
Adding natural gas to your home, along with high efficiency gas appliances, will pay dividends down the road. From a resale standpoint, homes with natural gas offer more appeal to prospective buyers.
Natural gas is one of the world’s safest energy sources. It’s lighter than air, nontoxic, odorless and colorless in its natural state. Mercaptan, a harmless odorant, is added to create a clearly detectable scent.
Read the five simple steps to switching to natural gas
1. Determine natural gas availability and costs
Start by confirming that natural gas is available to your home. Simply e-mail your inquiry to UseNaturalGas@pse.com
or call PSE's Customer Construction Services
at 1-888-321-7779 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.). We can let you know availability and costs, if any, within two to four business days.
2. Select a contractor for estimates
PSE can help you find a pre-screened, qualified independent contractor
. They will inform you of your high efficiency equipment options and provide a free in-home estimate based on your needs. And you can be assured that it will be installed professionally and in compliance with your local codes.
3. Check for efficiency incentives and financing
Be sure to check out PSE’s energy-efficiency rebates
to help save you more money. If you are switching from PSE electricity to natural gas, you may qualify for up to $3,950 in fuel conversion rebates
. Additionally, you may qualify for competitive financing for your equipment and installation costs. A PSE Energy Advisor
can assist you with all of this information.
4. Submit a Gas Service Agreement
Once we confirm that natural gas is available for your home, you will receive/complete a Gas Service Agreement which will provide PSE useful information such as your intended natural gas use and meter location.
5. Schedule your meter and equipment installation
A PSE representative will contact you to discuss details about your natural gas service installation, such as access requirements and permitting. An installation date can then date can then be scheduled according to your needs and scope of work. Once your natural gas meter is installed, you can work with your contractor to schedule installation of your high efficiency equipment and/or appliances.
6. Activate your natural gas service
As soon as your natural gas equipment is properly installed, you simply contact PSE to activate your service. In most cases, your contractor can contact us on your behalf.
Finally, sit back, relax and enjoy the comforts of natural gas—one of the most efficient, affordable, reliable and clean sources of energy for your home!