I'll wait for the coal gasification. Coal gas is a much better fuel.
In the 1800's and early 1900's some eastern towns had public coal gas
piped right to their houses. I don't know why they stopped it other
than the occasional explosion. Today's technology would reduce the
Considering that they still can't make natural gas service safe, I
certainly wouldn't want to consider yet another killer fuel piped into
unsuspecting people's homes. Seems I've seen a report of a residential
gas explosion with fatalities every few days lately.
Some old flex lines used to connect stoves are known now to not last
forever and have caused major leaks, Chicago banned that type years
ago. People used them for water heaters and who knows. Many houses
never see a maintenance man to check anything. CO detectors have saved
lives, Ng detectors are a good idea. Not unknown is having a car catch
fire when refilling gasolene in winter from static electricity. I just
fell on the ice last night, maybe I should never go out again, naw I
just found all my sheet metal screws and screwed them into my boots,
it worked great.
"safer" is debatable, and none of them work as well. You could make a
case for a ground loop heat pump for heating if you live somewhere where
that would be practical, but nothing beats a gas water heater or stove.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
It's a "ground source" or "geothermal" heat pump, and they are practical
pretty much everywhere. There are several different ground loop
configurations (vertical, horizontal, trenched coil) that fit most any
site. They can readily do hot water as well. In areas of relatively
moderate temperatures, an air source heat pump is more economical.
A key thing to consider here is that high efficiency electric powered
HVAC is somewhat "future proof", and "RE friendly" as both gas and oil
are only going to get more costly, while most renewable sources like
solar PV, wind, hydro, tidal, etc. are electric sources that can power
the high efficiency heat pump.
As for the stove, gas being better only applies to cooktop burners,
electric ovens are best. On the cooktop end, it seems that induction
"burners" are becoming more popular, and they compete well with gas
burners, and are once again an electric powered source.
Right now I have a dual fuel stove, electric ovens and LP gas burners up
top. I have a combo CO/Gas detector in the vicinity, so should there be
a leak I should have enough warning to evacuate.
I did the search on CNN. They were in the Ukraine, a pub in Ireland, etc.
I'm not going to bother looking for statistics, but if you look at
fatalities by various sources, I think NG is way down on the list. A few
years ago we did have a house in my town get leveled though. There was a
very small leak and someone probing for it made a big gas leak that seeped
into the house. Human error caused a small problem to become a big one.
I'd still switch to gas if I could. We use propane for cooking.
You didn't search very well, all that I were referring to were in the
US. I believe one was in MA, another in CA, etc. Not up to the rate of
fatal auto accidents, but far above the rate of plane crashes.
I still find it incredible that they have required smoke detectors for
years, and now CO detectors, but there are still no requirements for
residential gas detectors, even though gas detectors have been standard
equipment in RVs for years.
I have LP that fuels my cooktop only (electric ovens), and I have a
combo CO/Gas detector in the vicinity. While I like to cook on gas, I
can also cook just fine on electric and I only have it here because it
came with the house.
I have a combo gas/CO detector in my basement and it has never falsed.
I *do* have to remember to unplug it and take the battery out whenever
doing certain jobs though... was cleaning up some brake components and
apparently one little squirt of brakleen is enough to set it off...
Steve Barker wrote:
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.