If you are living in New Jersey, you have probably heard about the proposed PennEast Pipeline Project. The project is estimated to bring 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day. That amount is enough to provide 4.7 million homes with the lower costs associated with natural gas. The pipeline itself is estimated to be 120 miles long and have a diameter of 36 inches. The pipeline begins in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and terminates in Mercer County, New Jersey. Whether you are for the PennEast Project, or against it, the main question you probably want answered revolves around your bank account. You want to know if your gas bills are going to decrease. You want to know what type of utility is going to save you money. Your friends at Team Electric Plumbing & Air want to help you have the answers you need to make an informed decision. Here is everything you want to know about gas verses electricity.
First off, all you need to do is take a look at your electricity bill and you know that you are spending a lot when it comes to power consumption. Electricity costs in New Jersey continue to be some of the highest in the nation. Natural gas has traditionally been less expensive than electricity. According to PennEast, if the pipeline had been in service during the winter of 2013-1014, homeowners along the 120 mile stretch of pipeline would have saved around $850 million. Remember though that the pipeline will only affect those living around Mercer and Hunterdon Counties. If you live in other parts of New Jersey, the PennEast pipeline is not going to change your electricity bills. The PennEast Pipeline is large enough to provide a steady stream of natural gas to a natural gas burning power plant.
Electricity Pros and Cons
- Pros: Appliances that use standard electricity are often cheaper than the appliances that run on natural gas. Appliances that run on electricity are easier to fix and can often be done by you, the homeowner. When you need a bit of extra heat in your home, there is nothing easier than buying an electric space heater.
- Cons: While electricity is efficient when you plug something into the wall, you need to remember the source. Power Plants that run on coal are not efficient. When coal is burned only 30 percent of the energy released can be transferred into the power lines. Burning coal also releases more pollution into the air than natural gas.
Natural Gas Pros and Cons
- Pros: Natural gas burns clean. When burned efficiently, natural gas only produces water vapor and carbon dioxide. Appliances like gas clothing dryers are far more efficient than electric dyers. A gas dryer will get your clothing dry in less time and for less energy. Whole home heating systems can be used that run on natural gas.
- Cons: Any appliance that uses natural gas is going to cost anywhere from 50 to 150 dollars extra. If an appliance that uses natural gas breaks, you will need to contact a professional for any repair. If your home currently doesn’t run on natural gas, you will have to have natural gas lines installed. Since natural gas produces energy through combustion, you will need to have adequate venting. Because burning natural gas produces carbon dioxide, you cannot buy a natural gas space heater and use it indoors.
Team Electric Plumbing & Air
Whether your home uses electricity or natural gas, our certified electricians and plumbers can help you with any repair, renovation, or enhancement. When you want the best electricians and plumbers in New Jersey, you need the experts with Team Electric Plumbing & Air.