New home construction or remodeling often presents an opportunity to purchase new appliances. Whether you are updating everything or just want new essentials, switching from electric power to natural gas for key home appliances is always an option. In many areas of the country, natural gas is a more economical option for cooking, drying clothes and heating. Important considerations before making the switch include assessing if your home is already connected to natural gas lines and if these run to areas where you need to install appliances.
Natural gas stoves are a favorite of home chefs and professionals due to their quick heating and uniform heat distribution. For a new purchase on a budget, the GE 4.8 cubic foot stainless gas range retails for $476 at Home Depot. The unit uses analog knobs that can operate in a power outage. A second appliance - natural gas clothes dryers - do not operate in a power outage due to the use of electric elements, such as fans and digital displays. However, they are more efficient, heat clothes faster and enjoy a longer useful life. The LG 7.4-cubic-foot Cycle Smart Gas SteamDryer costs $899.99 at Best Buy stores while an Amana 6.5-cubic-foot is $499.
Furnaces and standalone heating units are common natural gas appliance in homes that otherwise rely on electric appliances. Larger, natural gas-powered furnaces often produce smaller energy bills during the cold weather months and can generally keep you warm in a power outage with generator backup for any electrical switches. Space heaters powered by natural gas can run through a power outage without any backup. A Pleasant Hearth 1000-square-foot dual-burner natural gas freestanding heater with faux logs retails for $549 at Lowe's and can be used as a combination room heater and decorative element. Still unsure if you need gas or electric appliances in your new home? Take the quiz below to find out what power source works best for you.