Are you looking to have gas installed at your home and wonder what’s involved? If you want to get gas on the Gold Coast there are a few tips and tricks you need to know to do it right. As licensed gas fitters, we explain the pros and cons of natural vs L.P.G; the areas where natural gas is available on the Gold Coast, as well as the process of installation and converting your appliances to gas. That way, you can go through this process seamlessly and safely.
The Benefits of Gas
There are many benefits to installing gas which might sway your decision to switch. Here are a few of the major ones:
- Instantaneous heat. Gas heats instantly. This means it’s great for cooking within the kitchen, particularly on the stovetop, as well as for heating the home.
- Reliable. Power blackout? No problems you can still stay warm and cook dinner – just as you would on any other day. You also have instantaneous and endless hot water.
- Cost-effective. Depending on your current energy needs, you will probably save on your energy bill by switching, which is a great reason to get gas. Gold Coast homes who have natural gas will also find the cost per unit reduces as you use more.
- Better for the environment. Natural gas offers a lower carbon footprint than electricity.
Type of Gas
Two main types of Gas available on the Coast, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Natural Gas (NG). Both Gas types vary in connection and pressure. LPG has a higher pressure and is available in large bottles which are usually positioned beside a property. Natural Gas is connected to the main line in the street if available.
Which Type Should I Choose?
Below are some comparisons which highlight the main differences between LPG vs. Natural Gas:
- Effort. Natural Gas is effortless, unlike LPG which requires the delivery of replacement bottles.
- Supply. Natural Gas will not run out while LPG bottles can run out.
- Flexibility. LPG offers flexibility with the nature of smaller LPG bottles compared to fixed outlets of Natural Gas. This might be a good choice for isolated appliance use like BBQ’s and stovetop cooking.
Natural Gas: Where Can I Get Gas on the Gold Coast?
Luckily, you can get gas Gold Coast wide. Natural Gas coverage is available in most suburbs (4207-4218 and 4220-4227). However, not every street will have access so you or your gas fitter will need to contact a natural gas retailer to confirm gas is available to your property.
Currently, the suburbs which miss out on tapping into an existing NG line include West Burleigh, Ingleside, Tallebudgera and Robina Town centre. You can check through the Australian Natural Gas Network (ANGN).
For properties where an existing gas line is not yet established, you will need to apply for a new connection through the ANGN. Depending on the distance to the service line, costs may be associated with the service line installation. Once the service line is installed, you will need to choose a preferred energy retailer to request the installation of a gas meter. All installation and service of gas appliances must be performed by a licensed gas fitter (like us!).
Unlike Natura Gas, any property can have immediate access to LPG due to the removable nature of the LPG bottles. LPG offers a slightly broader range of appliances in comparison to NG with the addition of LPG fridges and generators.
You can select which LPG supplier you want, choosing whether you prefer an Automatic Tanker Delivery dependant on your average usage or a Gas Bottle Exchange Service when you are running low. You will need a licenced Gas Fitter (like us!) to install your gas fittings and appliances, and you are ready to enjoy your Gas!
Types of Appliances available for Gas systems
Product choice is specific to your LPG or NG connection. They can include:
• Cooking (stoves and ovens)
• Heating and Cooling (fireplaces, heaters, etc.)
• Hot Water Systems
• Laundry (gas dryers)
• Outdoors (heating, BBQ, etc.)
• Refrigerators (LPG)
• Generators (LPG)
Be mindful when choosing appliances as you can’t simply interchange LPG and NG to power your water heaters, stoves, heaters, and BBQs. Not only will the gas jet be different, but some products may also require additional parts for connection. LPG and NG also have different incoming pressures and without a converter to adjust pressure, there is a risk of explosion and damage being done to the appliance.
Usually, a warning will be provided which states the product is designed for one gas only. Not all appliances can be converted from LPG to Natural Gas and vice versa. Converting appliances should only be done by a licenced gas fitter.
How We Can Help
We are licenced gas fitters for both Natural Gas and LPG. We can install, repair and convert the following:
- Hot water systems
- Pipe and line installations
- Pool or spa heaters
We also offer a commercial gas fitting service for all businesses big or small.