Looking to Buy a Home? Look for Natural Gas
There’s a lot to think about before buying a home. In all the forms and financing and inspections that accompany the race to closing, one thing that often gets overlooked is how much it will cost to keep a home warm, its water hot and its stovetop cooking.
As National Homeownership Month comes to a close, here’s a gentle reminder of all the ways that having natural gas can save you money, reduce your environmental impact and help you make the best meals possible as you gather around a table to share food with friends and family in your new home.
Homes with Natural Gas Cost Less
Households that use natural gas for heating, cooking and clothes drying save an average of $879 per year compared to homes using electricity for those applications. Over the course of a 30-year mortgage term, that’s $26,370 going into your pocket instead of to your utility. Put simply, if you’re looking to save money in your home over the long-term, natural gas is the way to go.
Homes with Natural Gas Get Greener Every Year
Each year the carbon emissions generated by the average natural gas home decline by 1.2 percent thanks to continuing investments made by natural gas utilities to make the gas distribution system more energy efficient. On top of that, homeowners are doing more with less gas: the total number of gas customers in the U.S. has grown 86 percent in the past 40 years, but natural gas demand has remained the same, which means the infrastructure is becoming more efficient each year.
Homes with Natural Gas Turn the Home Cook into a Chef
Natural gas is the choice of professional chefs across the restaurant world, for its speed, its consistency and its control. Read more about why chefs always choose natural gas on Cooking With Gas.
These are just a few of the many benefits of owning a home with natural gas. To read more about how your home is powered by natural gas, check out our interactive natural gas home.