Gas Appliances Can Fuel Your Carbon Footprint
BC Hydro says misconceptions about gas are fueling carbon footprints at home.
This, in a new report from BC Hydro that says BC residents prefer natural gas appliances over electric options, despite 42% of residents saying they are concerned about their household’s carbon footprint.
BC Hydro spokesman Kyle Donaldson says a quarter of households own at least one natural gas appliance and their popularity continues to grow.
Their report indicates that people generally believe that gas appliances are more efficient than electric appliances and that they are loyal to them.
“Forty-six per cent of British Columbians said they preferred using a gas stove over an electric stove, and of those, most prefer gas because they say it’s more responsive (69%), cooks more evenly (68%) or cooks faster. (65 percent),” the report said.
“Similarly, 56% of British Columbians said they preferred a gas fireplace to an electric fireplace, and of those, most said it heats better (54%), and more than half said it is easier to adjust or they like the real flame (73 percent).
They fight the idea that electric appliances are less efficient, saying, “In most cases, electric stoves are cheaper than their gas counterparts, outperform gas stoves, and are easier to clean. In fact, electric convection ovens heat up faster and distribute heat more evenly than gas, reducing cooking times and reducing hassle. »
In terms of the climate, their data shows that natural gas appliances contribute half a ton a year to a home’s carbon footprint – the equivalent of driving a gas-powered car for 2,000 kilometres.
They also cited a recent study by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, which found that natural gas appliances in American homes have the same impact on the climate as 500,000 gasoline-powered cars.
BC Hydro’s suggestion is to choose an electric stove or fireplace over a gas fireplace as one of the best ways to reduce your footprint, as 98% of BC Hydro’s electricity comes from a clean resource or renewable.