Gas vs Electricity – Which is Safer?

Homeowners will eventually be presented with the option to choose between gas appliances or electric appliances. Both options come with their own pros and cons – but which is safer for your home?
  • Gas appliances run the risk of filling your home with carbon monoxide (CO). CO is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is omitted by gas appliances and can be deadly to those who are exposed to it in lethal levels.
  • Electric appliances run the risk of a fire or electrocution if they are not installed correctly or are malfunctioning. Many electric appliances are at risk of being a safety hazard as they age, and a simple spark from a frayed wire can set off an electric fire.
When comparing the two it should be noted that both of these risks are equally as deadly. Precautions should be made when installing and maintaining these appliances in any home to avoid these dangers each come with. Once these risks have been prevented by adequate precautionary measures – many homeowners can then decide which to choose based on the price and eco-friendly status of gas vs electricity. Many gas appliances use 30 percent less energy than electric appliances do, thus making them eco-friendlier. Electric appliances create more of a carbon footprint, and also are up to 30 percent more expensive than gas appliances. Electric appliances require electric lines and require gas lines to be capped. This alone can run up to $350 per line. Natural gas is definitely cheaper and greener than electricity.