TRAVIS WANTS TO KNOW — Is It Time to Think About a New Water Heater?

The Very Basic Pros & Cons of Electric vs. Gas Water Heaters

Hot water for your home accounts for almost 20% of your utility bill; it’s the second largest expense you have for your home. That means that having a good water heater will make a significant difference in the check you’re writing to APS or Southwest Gas.

The majority of water heaters in Phoenix are the storage tank models we’re all familiar with (there are other kinds that we’ll profile later, but for now – we’re talking about the storage tank model only). Storage tank water heaters run on either gas or electricity.

Now, we all know that a gas is a less expensive heating source than electric, but according to the Southwest Energy Project’s statistics, electric water heaters are still what most homes in Phoenix are using. Here’s a comparison of the two in terms of pros and cons:

ELECTRIC WATER HEATERS – The Good:

  • They’re less expensive to buy.
  • They’re less expensive and easier to install; they don’t need access to gas lines.
  • They’re safer than gas water heaters over all.
  • They tend to last longer than gas water heaters.
  • They tend to be safer than gas water heaters.

ELECTRIC WATER HEATERS – The Not-So-Good:

  • In the long run, they’re more expensive to run.
  • They’re be less energy efficient than gas water heaters.
  • They heat water more slowly; if you run out it takes longer to restore.
  • If there’s a power outage and you don’t have power, you don’t have hot water.

GAS WATER HEATERS – The Good:

  • Gas is much less expensive than electricity, so they save on energy bills in the long run.
  • Gas water heaters heat water much more quickly; you don’t run out as often or as fast.
  • They’re more energy efficient than electric water heaters.

GAS WATER HEATERS – The Not-So-Good:

  • Gas water heaters are more expensive to buy initially.
  • They’re somewhat more difficult – thus expensive – to install.
  • You need to have access to natural gas or propane in order to have one.
  • They require more space than electric water heaters.

 

 

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