For many homeowners today, having a home that’s as energy efficient as possible to save more money is ideal. The easiest and least costly way to having an energy efficient home is by using natural gas for water heating, home heating and cooking.
Natural gas appliances are energy efficient, cost-effective to operate, last longer and require less maintenance than their electric counterparts. And because natural gas is abundantly available in the U.S., prices are stable and expected to remain low.
*Cost per unit includes margin, fuel adjustments, and storm damage components. 2012 cost of gas is based on SCE&G’s prices and does not include weather normalization. 2012 Kwh price is based on rates as listed on SCE&G’s web site. Units used based on average therm usage for a 2,000 square foot house. Kwh usage estimated based on therm usage and assuming a 62% efficient gas tank water heater, an 82% efficient gas tankless water heater, a 92% efficient electric water heater, a 90% efficient gas furnace, and an electric heat pump with a COP of 2.35 for 1st stage heating. Electric heat pump strips are calculated at a COP of 1.0. SCE&G’s Basic Facility Charge is not included in these calculations.