A simple tip that will save you money, and your health, on gas: Get gas-saving appliances that use less energy.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has put out a guide for consumers and business owners on how to use energy-saving products.
They advise customers to switch from using the “traditional” household gas burner to an “energy efficient” one, and to change their gas heating to an efficient one, as well as to use their gas heaters and fans to reduce the use of other household appliances.
The recommendations include: switching from a gas burner or gas cooker to an electric or hybrid burner.
Using an electric fan to cool your home.
Turning off and re-on your gas heat when not in use.
Stopping using your car’s gas heater when it is not in the house, or when it’s too cold to drive.
To help you find out more about what’s included in the recommendations, and what to do if you don’t have any of the above, we asked AEMO for a guide on how best to use these appliances.
“We have created this guide to help you make the right choices,” the AEME spokesperson told us.
“Energy-efficient appliances are a must when using gas.
AEMOs can provide guidance on which appliances and services are safe and effective for gas and how to ensure the appliances are safe for use in gas.”
Gas-saving appliance recommendations The AEMP recommends that all household gas burners should be replaced every six months and all gas boilers every three years.
There’s also a recommendation for “alternative heaters, including gas heat pumps, heat exchangers and electric fans”.
The AemP recommends these appliances should be used only on “the most critical heat periods, such as hot summer days”.
This is because it’s estimated that a heating appliance on the hot side of the house can heat up the house for three hours and the appliance on cold days can only cool it down for half an hour.
AAP: Energy efficiency recommendations for gas boilering The AAP recommends that “no gas heat pump or gas heat exchanger should be connected to the gas or steam supply”.
It says this means the use can be “unsafe and inefficient”.
This recommendation applies to all gas burnables.
“There is no specific temperature range or temperature requirement for gas heat,” the guide says.
The AES also recommends that if you use a gas cooker for cooking, you should “never use the gas cooker in the kitchen.”
The AEMS also recommends you “never” use the “gas cooker on the kitchen sink” and “never in the living room”.
It recommends using the gas cookers only for “the hot or coldest periods of the day”.
“AEMOs do not recommend using gas cooking in a hot-water kettle.
AAMC: Gas-free cookers and heat exchanges are recommended for all gas cooktops, as the AAMCs “recommend against use of gas cookware in hot-pot applications”.
The recommendation says you should only use “a gas cooktop with a non-metallic lid” when cooking food in hot pots.
AEMS: Gas heaters should never be used in a “gas-free” kitchen.
AEMS recommends you should always “disconnect from the gas supply during the cooking process” as “the cooking process can lead to an explosion.” “
These are non-gas cookstoves with no heating capability.”
AEMS recommends you should always “disconnect from the gas supply during the cooking process” as “the cooking process can lead to an explosion.”
“When cooking, make sure to follow the instructions on the package.”
AAMS: The AAMP recommends you don “use any gas appliance in a cooking environment when the stove is on, including the stovetop and stove top burner.”
It recommends “gas cooktops that are not dishwasher-safe or dishwasher proof.”
AAPA: AEMT recommended using the AAPT “hot and dry” heaters to cook food.
AAMI: AAMI recommends that gas heat is used “when the stove temperature is above 90°C or when there is no direct air-conditioning in the room.”
It also advises “not to use a cooking surface that is not a nonstick surface.”
“Gas cooktops should not have an open lid.”
The APM: The APMP recommends that you “use the gas heat in a ‘dry’ condition when cooking.”
AEMA says you “should never use a nonreactive gas heat source in a cold or wet environment”.
The APMA: “Gas burners are recommended in certain environments to be kept closed or ‘on’ when there are no external air-supply.”
AAMI says you need to be aware that the “sick, dry environment of a dry home can affect the gas burner’s safety.”