Gas is scary, there’s no doubt about that. Many Phoenix homeowners love the efficiency of gas, especially in the kitchen, but running your home on gas can also leave it open to gas leaks and gas repair problems. But gas is almost always cheaper than electricity, and so there is a trade off. As a Phoenix plumber who has also spent many, many years in the custom home building industry, I can tell you from experience that, yes, gas is cheaper but you absolutely need to weight the costs vs benefits of having gas power your Phoenix home.


Gas vs Electric

Just last year, NBCNews.com published a story on the difference between gas and electric, and the boost that gas is going to see in the near future. According to a 2013 study from a consulting firm Accenture, more than a third of U.S. consumers have expressed interest in switching to gas appliances from electric.


The motivation for switching from electricity in Phoenix to gas is simple: savings.


The Savings

The NBCNews.com article goes on to say that homeowners could save thousands each year with gas: $80 a year on a gas range, $81 a year on a gas clothes dryer, and $300 on a gas water heater.BLOG_GAS VS ELECTRIC


But, then again, it’s going to be at least a year before you see that savings simply because gas appliances tend to run a bit more pricey than electric powered appliances. And if you’re not already in a home with a gas line, it will cost you between $1,000 and $4,500 to install the line, depending on the situation.


In the Kitchen

If you’re a chef at home, you definitely want a gas range for the precision and control that you have over cook temperatures. You also want to go with gas for the response speed. If you’re looking for water to boil quickly or need instant heat, gas will get you there much faster then electric.


Going Green

Gas is better and wins the battle in gas vs electric if you’re looking to go green. In the kitchen, gas works faster and more efficiently, using less energy. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, heat from electric stoves spends three of four units of fuel in exchange for one unit of electricity.


Installing a Gas Line

If you live here in Phoenix, or Gilbert, and are looking to install a gas line in the kitchen for your brand new gas range, you’ll want to check with C. Slany Plumbing for prices and procedures first. Having a gas plumber install a new gas line can cost you as little as a couple hundred dollars, and as much as a few thousand dollars.


If you’re thinking of installing a gas line for you kitchen range or dryer, give us a call first. We have ample experience with gas line installation and repair, and can give you an accurate quote before you jump in head first.