Choosing natural gas
Natural gas offers valuable benefits for your home or business's budget and comfort. PSE is committed to a greener future, and as part of our aspiration to be a beyond net zero carbon energy company, we’re working toward net zero carbon emissions for natural gas used by our customers by 2045. By modernizing our gas distribution systems and innovating with low-carbon fuels, we can keep energy affordable and reliable for customers while creating a clean energy future.
Benefits of natural gas
Natural gas furnaces distribute heat more evenly than electric heating. Natural gas water heaters heat up to 40 percent faster than electric models. Natural gas ranges cook food faster with better heat control. And natural gas dryers produce less static cling. Plus, you'll never have the hassle of wood with a natural gas fireplace
Natural gas heating delivers air faster and warmer than heat produced by other electric heating equipment. A natural gas fireplace can warm a room much faster than a wood-burning fireplace.
Natural gas costs less than electricity, heating oil or propane when used to heat your space or water. Electricity can cost up to twice as much.
In most applications, natural gas produces less chemical emissions and particulates which can cause acid rain or smog. And the majority of natural gas for domestic use is produced in the U.S. and Canada.
Direct use of natural gas for space and/or water heating is twice as efficient as using natural gas to produce electricity and transmitting it to a home. And with the use of energy-efficient gas appliances, even greater efficiency is achieved.
Natural gas can not only heat your sparce, but it can be used for water heating, clothes drying, cooking, and fireplaces. It can also be used outdoors for barbecuing, gas lighting, and even to heat your swimming pool or hot tub.
Natural gas service is piped directly to your home or business site and is always there when you need it. You'll never have to worry about running out of fuel, and many gas appliances will operate during a power outage.
Adding natural gas service to your home or business, along with high-efficiency gas appliances, will pay dividends down the road. From a resale standpoint, homes with natural gas offer more appeal to prospective buyers.
Natural gas is one of the world's safest energy sources. It's lighter than air, nontoxic, odorless and colorless in its natural state. Mercaptan, a harmless odorant, is added to create a clearly detectable scent.
Simple steps to switching to natural gas
1. Determine natural gas availability and costs »
Start by confirming that natural gas is available for your home or business. Please fill out a construction services inquiry form and we will respond within two to three business days, or call PSE's Customer Construction Services at 1-888-321-7779 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.). We can let you know availability and costs, if any, within two to four business days.
Additionally, ensure you have reviewed and can comply with the 2018 Washington State Energy Code which went into effect on February 1, 2021. Check local city and county codes and policies that could also affect your project.
2. Select a contractor for estimates »
PSE can help you find a pre-screened, qualified independent contractor. They will inform you of your high-efficiency equipment options and provide a free on-site estimate based on your needs. And you can be assured that it will be installed professionally and in compliance with your local codes.
3. Check for energy efficiency rebates, incentives and financial assistance »
4. Submit a natural gas service contract »
Once we confirm that natural gas is available for your home or business, you will receive/complete a Gas Service Agreement which will provide PSE useful information such as your intended natural gas use and meter location.
5. Schedule your meter and equipment installation »
A PSE representative will contact you to discuss details about your natural gas service installation, such as access requirements and permitting. An installation date can then be scheduled according to your needs and scope of work. Once your natural gas meter is installed, you can work with your contractor to schedule installation of your high-efficiency equipment and/or appliances.
6. Activate your natural gas service »
As soon as your natural gas equipment is properly installed, simply contact PSE to activate your service. In most cases, your contractor can contact us on your behalf.
Questions about switching to natural gas?
Once you know natural gas is available for your home or business, ask a PSE Energy Advisor online or call 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for more information about PSE's energy-efficiency rebates, efficient equipment options, energy cost savings estimates, financing referrals and PSE Recommended Energy Professionals (REPs).
In some cases, adding natural gas service is considered an energy-efficiency upgrade and may qualify for low-interest loans or federal tax credits. For more information, visit our energy efficiency financing page, the website below or contact a PSE Energy Advisor.
- ENERGY STAR® (tax credits)
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