Natural Gas Pricing Helps Homeowners Go Green

Posted by: Tom Whittle on


There are several good reasons to switch to gas appliances, according to the Laclede Gas Company in St. Louis, MO.

For example,

  • Natural gas is the cleanest and most environmentally friendly fossil fuel, producing 43% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than electricity derived from coal.
  • The direct use of natural gas – in furnaces, hot water heaters, clothes dryers and kitchen stoves – can reduce the nation’s carbon footprint… not twenty years from now but today! When you use high-efficiency natural gas appliances, you reduce your carbon footprint by 65%.

So, using gas in your home can mean you’re helping to green up the environment!

Replace with Stainless Steel Connectors

Uncoated brass flexible connectors installed prior to 1977 – generally used to connect appliances such as stoves and dryers with natural gas supply pipes are susceptible to cracking, breaking and deterioration caused by, among other things, moving, bending, corrosion and possibly also by some types of detergents, cleaning solvents or ammonia, and cooking grease.

If you think you have an uncoated brass flexible connector in your home, have your gas company or a qualified service contractor replace it with a new one made of stainless steel or plastic-coated brass. It is also a good practice to have a qualified professional inspect and, if necessary, replace any flexible connector that is more than 10 years old.

Modern Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing

Building codes in all 50 states now allow the use of Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) in remodels and new commercial and residential construction. This is good news for homeowners who wish to replace or add gas appliances.

This innovative and relatively new product comes in coils of various diameters. It is manufactured in continuous lengths of flexible, stainless steel tubing with a PVC skin. The product is lightweight, strong and pressure-tested for leaks. The outer skin of the tubing is continuously marked to make measuring easier.

Unlike conventional “black-iron” gas pipe, CSST is lightweight, flexible and easy to use. Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing is rated for high pressures, yet it bends easily and conforms by hand. It can be “pulled” like electrical wiring, making it easier to snake around obstructions, across attics or between joists and studs. These qualities make it a more cost-effective choice because it can reduce the cost of installation labor by as much as 60%. An entire single-family house can be piped in one day.

Use of CSST has gained a wide popularity in the past 20 years with over 150 million feet installed in both commercial and residential projects.

While the initial material cost of CSST is higher than black-iron pipe, the savings comes from reduced installation labor. Standardized-size connection fittings eliminate the process of pipe threading however specialized tools are required to cut the tubing and install fittings.

As with the use of ROMEX electrical wiring, striker plates must be used where CSST runs through wall studs to prevent punctures from nails or drill bits during construction. CSST cannot be installed where it will have direct contact with the ground.

The use of CSST also offers some benefits in safety–both in use and installation. Builders and installers have experienced fewer injuries among workers, when they eliminate the heavy equipment and effort needed to handle conventional black-iron pipe.

The ability of CSST to bend more easily, also eliminates the need to make connection joints behind walls that reduces the potential for gas leaks. Go here for more tips on using natural gas in your home.

 

 

 

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