Electricity or Gas: Choose wisely!
In Australia, there are two options available, to light up houses– electricity, and gas. Both fuel types have their own pros and cons. For most consumers, all they want is to save on energy and natural gas bills. But which is more affordable?
Electricity vs Gas
All houses need electricity. It’s available to all states around the country. It also covers most applications such as powering the house, heating, cooking, clothes drying and many more. Because of this reason, many consumers are satisfied with electricity only.
On the other hand, gas comes in two forms – Natural gas, which is mains gas and bottled gas, which is delivered through tanks. Natural gas is particularly common in the states of VIC, NSW, SA, and WA. It’s cheaper than electricity, however, it has limited applications.
Electricity consumers are charged based on total electricity consumed per kilowatt-hour (kWh). They are also obliged to pay “supply charge” which is the cost of transporting electricity to power homes.
Natural gas usage is computed based on total natural gas consumed per megajoule (MJ). Supply charge is also included which is around 65 to 85 cents per day.
Keep in mind that supply charge may vary depending on the state and distributor of gas and electricity bill. Also, lower usage makes a higher portion of the supply charge and vice versa.
|QLD||28 cents/kWh||6 cents/MJ|
|NSW||32 cents/kWh||4 cents/MJ|
|VIC||30 cents/kWh||9 cents/MJ|
|SA||42 cents/kWh||4.2 cents/MJ|
|WA||27 cents/kWh||11 cents/MJ|
|TAS||26 cents/kWh||8 cents/MJ|
Average and typical electricity and gas usage rates per state. Above rates assume a single-rate tariff.
Read more: Understanding electricity and gas charges
Pros and Cons
In costs comparison, electricity is obviously costlier than gas. For appliances, consider the following pros and cons in purchasing.
|Water heating||Cheaper to buy, but consumes a lot of energy which results to costly bills.||More expensive compared to the electric system. However, it is cheaper in a long run because of gas lower usage rates.|
|Space heating||Less efficient than gas heaters but electric heaters have more variety of choice and much safer.||Can efficiently heat small to medium sized room. But the house must have “flue” to avoid harmful fumes.|
|Cooktop||Widely used and more convenient. Also, more affordable, but slightly more expensive to run than gas cooktops.||Heats faster than electric but more expensive to purchase.|
|Oven||More advanced features like auto-off that’s why it’s widely used. But, same with others, it consumes more energy.||More expensive, but heats faster and uses less energy. Best for consumers who want to save for a long run.|
|Clothes dryer||Energy-efficient models are available. Safer to use.||Produces hazardous fumes. Cheap to run, but expensive to buy.|
Safer and Greener
Which is safer?
Gas and electric appliances have both potential harms for safety. Make sure on using gas the house is properly ventilated to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Install a CO alarm to detect any leak. However, electric appliances must be installed and maintained properly too to prevent fire hazards and electrocution. Schedule a regular inspection of the home wiring system.
Which is greener?
Gas appliances use 30% less energy than electric appliances, meaning it’s friendlier on the environment. Less energy, less greenhouse gas emissions. The good thing is, there are many energy-efficient electric appliances these days that consume less energy.
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