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Change your home to an all-electric power source

While times have changed, unfortunately many of our ideas on what services we should provide within our home are stuck in the past. As building designers, one of the most common aspects we find that our clients get stuck on is the decision to change from a house running on gas and electric, to an all-electric home. We hear the same age-old beliefs that “gas is cheaper” or in some way better, and whilst this may have been true in the past, it is no longer accurate in today’s building environment and economy.

Future Proof Your Home

If you’re looking at modernising your period home with a renovation, it’s likely that you’ve realised that while the beauty of the past builds remains distinct, unfortunately they do not accommodate the ever changing environment and needs of today’s society. Increasingly ‘smart’ technology in homes, a push towards being more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, as well as accommodating the future needs of an ageing society are changes that we need to consider now to ensure our homes are technologically and environmentally relevant for decades to come.

This is a time to consider every aspect of your home, make the most for the longevity of the new design, and modernise completely; not to cut corners and save some money in the interim that will only add costs to you in the future.

Switching from Gas to Electric Can Save You Money

Whether you’re starting from scratch with a new build or renovating a period home, your property will already have an electricity connection for powering lighting and most appliances. Continuing with a gas connection is just adding an additional connection fee for an energy supply you ultimately don’t need.

Modern electric appliances can do everything gas appliances can do, and with the changes in technology over the past 50 years, electric appliances can even out-perform their gas counterparts. Not only are they performing better, but they are also more energy efficient, requiring less electricity to function than their equivalents requiring gas. This can add up to huge savings on your power bill over time. Switching to all electric appliances and services within your home also allows you to increase your energy efficiency, and further increase savings on your power bill.

Do Your Bit to Help the Environment

We know that you know that the environment is in dire need of protecting and that is only going to become more prevalent in the coming years and decades. The use of methane gas for energy leads to greenhouse gases accumulating in the Earth’s atmosphere something that has been scientifically shown to be a major contributor to global warming. By giving up your gas appliances now and making the all-electric switch, you will be using one less fossil fuel, decreasing your carbon footprint.

Gas is very often portrayed as a ‘cleaner’ fossil fuel, and whilst a gas power plant emits 50 – 60 percent less carbon dioxide than a standard coal-fired power plant, it is significantly more pollution than emitted by renewable energies, which are becoming more affordable each year. All-electric households are the only way to maximise these renewable energies and make a difference to the environment.

Gas Isn’t Just Doom and Gloom for the Environment

If saving money and being an environmental crusader aren’t enough to sway your opinion, did you know that gas stoves and heaters can make the air inside your home up to five times dirtier than the air outside, increasing the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory issues for the occupants.

We aren’t saying that electricity isn’t without its risks as well but when you weigh the pros and cons, less pollution in your home has got to be a big pro!

“Hey Alexa, add ‘all-electric’ to my to do list.”

Ready to make the switch? Talk to the team at Mesh Design + Projects team for more information on how to incorporate an all-electric methodology for your new build.

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