Winter is descending on Brisbane right now, which means it’s a good time to think about how you’re going to take the edge off the cold when it really sets in. For many Brisbane homeowners, relying on electric heating, cooking and hot water is the answer—and it’s usually reflected in the big electricity bills they see in this quarter of the year.
While rates do differ between regions, and with waves of supply and demand, gas appliances generally cost less to run than electricity-powered appliances. For Brisbane homeowners in both rural and urban areas who are building, renovating, replacing old appliances, or those just looking for ways to reduce their electricity consumption over winter, installing gas appliances could be the right option.
LPG for cooking
One of the best ways to warm your home over winter is with hearty winter recipes. There’s nothing as comforting as fresh winter veggies when they’re cooked into soups, casseroles or slow roasted in the oven, especially if you’ve grown them in your own backyard and they’re full of rich flavour and vibrant colour. But if your old oven or cooktop has seen better days, it can be quite a headache to get your meals cooked, and you could save a lot of time and electricity by upgrading to a gas appliance.
It’s not hard to see where the expression ‘cooking with gas’ came from. Cooking enthusiasts, like professional chefs, always prefer gas cooktops because they give instant, effective heat, which is important where their creations rely on precise temperature control.
Gas cooktops can also do things that electric cooktops simply can’t—like flambéing, charring and toasting. If your house is full of foodies, installing gas stoves and ovens could warm your home with festive winter recipes.
But for many Brisbane residents, warming the inside of the house isn’t the only concern: one of greatest charms of Queensland’s lifestyle is that outdoor dining and entertaining doesn’t have to stop over the cold months.
While many homes already use LPG for their BBQs, it can be even more fun to take the edge of the winter chill with LPG gas pizza overs, smokers, and spit roasters. And while you warm your family and friends from the inside with good meals, you can fight off the cold with outdoor heating solutions like LPG patio heaters.
LPG for heating
LPG is a good solution for heating in many homes, whether it’s used to generate radiant or convection heat. One of the most energy efficient and healthy ways to warm your home this winter is with a gas fireplace.
Gas fireplaces generate good amounts of heat, and fast: you turn them on, and enjoy instant relief from the cold, without the work of building a fire from real timber. And while real wood-burning fireplaces have their own benefits and appeal, gas fireplaces are often a safer, healthier alternative. There are no emissions to breathe in, so they result in a better indoor air quality: you can still enjoy the welcoming, warming ambience of a fireplace without the smoke of a real fire. There’s also no ash or soot to clean up because they’re clean burning, and they’re safer because you can turn them off instantly without waiting for the flames to die down naturally. With a range of built-in and portable options, a gas fireplace could be the best decision you make to warm your home this winter.
But LPG’s heating power isn’t just used in gas fireplaces. LPG can be used in gas heaters, too. Most options are portable and have strong, fast heating power. To further save energy, you can draw your curtains to keep the rooms heat in, install draught excluders and close off rooms, not in use.
It’s important to consider the size of the areas you’re heating (including the ceiling height), and your specific climate zone, but in general, gas heaters are an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly heating option for many homes.
LPG for hot water
Not many people know that heating water accounts for around 25% of a home’s overall energy costs—and it’s only natural that in winter that we spend longer in the shower, using hotter water.
LPG hot water systems, whether they’re storage heaters or continuous flow systems are reliable and efficient. Tankless systems save on energy because they only heat the water as it passes through the system, giving you hot water on demand. When you use LPG, you’re also reducing your carbon footprint, with up to 75% less greenhouse gas emissions than electric systems.
There are some other surprising benefits to choosing LPG water systems, too: they’re less bulky and take up less space than regular systems, and can last up to 20 years. If your family members are finding themselves being left cold and soapy when they’re last in line for the shower, now could be the right time for you to make the switch to an LPG hot water system.
LPG for greenhouses
LPG is a versatile source of warmth during winter, both inside and outside Brisbane homes. If you’re like many other rural and suburban gardening enthusiasts, you might be looking for ways to keep your plants protected during the cold months.
LPG can be used to warm greenhouses, improving plant growth and protecting vulnerable species from cold damage. Blower heaters can be used to fight off the frost in backyard greenhouses, helping you to maintain the health of your adult plants. It can also be used to enrich the greenhouse atmosphere with the CO2 that growing plants need to thrive.
As an accredited ELGAS distributor for Samford and surrounding areas, Gleam O’Dawn offers prompt, same-day deliveries of household LPG cylinders. Contact us anytime to find out more about using LPG, and we’ll be happy to help warm your home this winter.