More uses for gas

Natural gas can be used in a variety of ways to make your life easier. Indoors, natural gas dryers are a better choice for your wallet and the environment. Outside, patio heaters, gas lamps, campfires and pool heaters are simple choices that can maximize the use of your property.

Ways to save

There are lots of ways to save on your gas bill. Begin by establishing good energy habits with these tips to use natural gas efficiently in your home.

family using natural gas dryer

In the laundry room

  • Natural gas dryers are better for your wallet and the environment, compared to electric units.
  • Dry only full loads of laundry to maximize the energy use.
  • Clean out lint filters after every load and ducts annually so your clothes dry faster and use less energy.
natural gas patio lamp heater

On the patio

  • Patio heaters are easy to use and cost efficient – 81% of their energy goes toward heat to keep you warm.
  • Natural gas lamps are a more efficient alternative to electric lights — without the cost and hassle of changing burnt-out bulbs.
natural gas heated garage

In the garage

  • Insulate your garage to minimize heat loss.
natural gas heated pool

In the pool

  • Natural gas pool heaters extend your pool season well into fall - and are significantly more efficient than electric heaters.
  • Use a solar cover when you’re not using your pool to retain heat.
  • Make the most of the sun’s energy by trimming back overhanging trees. Your pool will absorb 75% to 85% of the sun’s energy.

Safety tips

Safety is our priority, and natural gas is one of the safest energy sources available. Use your natural gas appliances safely by following our tips.

If you’re buying new or used natural gas appliances, keep in mind they must meet the certification standards of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Look for the CSA logo on an appliance's rating plate or in its instruction manual. Exceptions can be made for equipment that is custom made, built on site or produced in limited numbers.

Dryer safety

  • Twice a year, check the outside opening of the exhaust vent, where lint can collect and cause a fire. This is different from cleaning the interior lint trap.

Pool heater safety

  • Have your heater unit checked regularly by a HVAC contractor.
  • If you have an indoor pool heater with copper-finned tube heat exchangers, it must be inspected and cleaned by a certified gas technician each year before you use it.

Campfire safety

  • Check with your municipality to find out if natural gas campfires are allowed.
  • Have your natural gas campfire installed by a registered HVAC contractor.
  • Read your owner’s manual for proper maintenance information.

Need help?

Enbridge Gas does not sell, rent, install or repair natural gas products like furnaces, water heaters, dryers and fireplaces. We also do not install natural gas lines after the meter (like for a barbecue or pool heater). However, you can consult your rental provider or a registered heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor for these services.

Tips to help you choose a HVAC contractor

Contact a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor for repairs and maintenance.

Find and verify the certifications of HVAC contractors: Check  the Technical Standards and Safety Authority(TSSA) and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI).

Request references: Requesting references is a helpful way to assess your options in HVAC contractors.

Get a written quote: It's very important that you get detailed written quotes for your project. Get at least three written estimates, from different contractors, outlining the work to be done and the total price.

Tips for other property improvements with natural gas

Incorporating other uses of natural gas in your home or on you property can lead to cost savings and increases to your property value. Before you commit to natural gas home improvements do your research to understand the right product for your needs.

natural gas heated pool

Pool heaters

  • Know your pool’s volume and surface area.
  • Know your preferred water temperature.
  • Research the average air temperature during the day and at night during your pool season.
family enjoying outdoor campfire

Campfires

  • Check with your municipality to find out if natural gas campfires are allowed.
  • Think carefully about where you’d like to put your natural gas campfire. This will help you choose the right one.
  • If you want the ability to cook over your natural gas campfire, think about buying one with an optional cooking grill.

Need help with Installation?

Enbridge Gas does not sell, rent or repair natural gas products. Consult a registered heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor to learn more about installing a water heater. Find and verify the certifications of HVAC contractors using these resources: the Technical Standards and Safety Authority(TSSA) and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI).