Use Appliances Wisely

Save with natural gas appliances

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Natural gas is used to heat water used in everyday appliances, but there are also many other uses, such as gas ranges and clothes dryers that make life at home even more comfortable. Here are a few ways to save energy, reduce costs and choose energy-efficient appliances.

Natural gas has many advantages

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    Safe, abundant and affordable.

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    Stable, all-day low pricing.

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    Reliable supply, even during a power outage.

Easy no-cost tips

Simple changes in habit are the easiest ways to save

  • On the stove, match your pot to the size of your burner.
  • Use lids to conserve heat and speed up cooking time.
  • Turn your burner down once liquids boil.
  • Don’t peek in the oven while baking—20 percent of heat will escape!
  • Run the dishwasher only when full to cut energy and detergent costs.
  • Air-dry dishes once the wash cycle is complete.
  • Wash clothes in cold water and always rinse with cold water.
  • Use the least amount of water necessary for the load size.

Long-term investments

Replacing an appliance? Go high efficiency.

  • Consider replacing your dishwasher with a new ENERGY STAR® certified model.
  • Choose ENERGY STAR® front-loading washing machines to save 50 percent on hot water and 65 percent on energy.
  • Switch to a natural gas clothes dryer—they dry clothes quickly and use half the amount of electricity compared to electric dryers.

Smart safety tips

How to keep appliances running safely and smoothly.

  • Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home—exposure can be deadly.
  • Keep the burners and interior of your oven clean.
  • Clean spills so they don’t clog pilot lights and outlets.
  • Don't line your oven with aluminum foil. It can block an air vent or interfere with circulation.
  • Never use your stove or oven to heat your property.
  • Yellow burner flames could be a buildup of carbon monoxide. Shut off your stove and call a HVAC contractor.
  • Consider guards to keep your children and pets safe.

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Buying a new appliance? Save with natural gas

Natural gas range

Advantages

  • Use 51 percent less energy compared to electric stovetops.
  • Compatible with all cookware.
  • Have faster cooking times.
  • Can be used in a power outage.
  • Precise temperature control.

Before you buy

  • Look for safety features such as auto-lock or auto-shutoff.
  • A vent hood that removes grease and odours is recommended.

Natural gas clothes dryer

Advantages

  • Use half the amount of energy compared to electric dryers.
  • Dry clothes faster.
  • Moist heat reduces wrinkles, is gentler on clothing.

Before you buy

  • Look for energy-saving features such as moisture sensors or cool-down cycles.
  • Gas dryers require venting to the outside of your home.

Buying tips

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  • Consider the second price tag—energy savings from natural gas appliances can offset the initial purchase price.
  • Choose ENERGY STAR® certified models as they are tested to meet strict energy-efficiency standards.
  • Look for the Combined Energy Factor (CEF) rating —the higher the rating, the greater the efficiency.
  • Look for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification mark.

Go with a pro when installing natural gas appliances

Always use a contractor registered with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to install your natural gas appliances.

See tips for Choosing a Contractor

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