Choosing Natural Gas for Your Home
Natural gas offers valuable benefits for your budget, the environment and your comfort. If you switch your home or water heating from electricity to natural gas, you may qualify for up to $3,550 in fuel conversion rebates.
Benefits of natural gas
- Convenience »
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.
- Comfort »
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.
- Savings »
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.
- Environmentally-friendly »
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.
- Energy efficient »
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.
- Versatility »
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.
- Reliability »
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.
- Value-added »
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.
- Safety »
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.
Simple steps to switching to natural gas
1. Determine natural gas availability and costs »
2. Select a contractor for estimates »
3. Check for efficiency incentives and financing »
4. Submit a Gas Service Agreement »
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.
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!
Questions about switching to natural gas?
Once you know natural gas is available to your home, call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for more information about PSE's energy-efficiency rebates, efficient equipment options, energy cost savings estimates, financing referrals and PSE's Contractor Alliance Network.
Compare costs between natural gas and other heating fuels.
In some cases, bringing natural gas to your home is considered an energy-efficiency upgrade and can qualify for low-interest loans or federal tax credits. For more information, visit the website below or contact a PSE Energy Advisor.