Examining LPG Gas Vs. Electricity In SA – Which Is More Cost Effective And Reliable?

Given the growing unsustainability of South Africa’s power infrastructure, South Africans plagued by constant load shedding are seriously investing in alternative energy solutions. And with a global consciousness toward sustainability and clean energy growing, LPG gas is proving itself as the energy solution that ticks all the boxes.

Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is an excellent alternative for your heating and cooking requirements. It not only emits one-third fewer greenhouse gases than electricity but is also significantly less expensive to use and maintain. 

The Problem With South Africa’s Electricity Infrastructure

SA’s rapid socioeconomic development problem combined with a lack of maintenance in the electricity infrastructure is what’s to blame for our current electricity crisis. In addition, a slow pace in building new generating capacity and regulatory barriers to alternative power sources hinder the progress required to balance the situation.

These power shortfalls have highlighted the need for South Africa to diversify its energy market and, as a result, lessen its heavy reliance on electrical energy, particularly for cooking and space heating.

The South African Liquefied Petroleum Gas Rollout Strategy

According to the South African Liquefied Petroleum Gas Rollout Strategy, the most efficient and appropriate fuel for household needs is LPG.

Liquefied petroleum (LP) gas, or LPG, should be a bigger deal in SA than it is currently. LPG gas usage accounts for only 0.5% of energy use in South Africa. It should be the preferred energy source for cooking and heating and a perfect substitute for coal, wood or paraffin. However, this would be simpler if certain suburbs and towns did not acquire their power for free, either via illegal connections or by refusing to pay.

LP gas usage will therefore help ease the demand for power, which is in limited supply due to overuse.

LPG Gas Vs. Electricity

Switching from one system to another is costly. Some gas appliances are more expensive up front, but they will save money on your utility bills over time.

Gas is virtually always less expensive than electricity. Selecting all-gas appliances can reduce your energy cost by up to 30%. In addition, gas cooking equipment features fewer components and is thus simpler to maintain. 

Gas stoves and ovens are less expensive to operate and maintain than their electrical equivalents and are also more temperature sensitive. LPG provides immediate and even cooking heat, which means your food will cook faster.

Electronic water storage systems or geysers are often left running throughout the day or must be switched on well in advance of having a shower or washing the dishes. Gas-powered geysers utilise gas only when hot water is required, making them the less expensive and more energy-efficient alternative.

Want To Be Part Of The Solution?

LPG gas is cheaper and definitely more reliable than our current electricity structure. The new South African Liquefied Petroleum Gas Rollout Strategy is an important part of balancing the reliance on our country’s failing electricity infrastructure and improving the cost efficiency and reliability of the energy we use in our homes.

Want to be part of the solution? GoGas is bringing convenience, safety, cost efficiency, and reliability to gas cylinder purchase, refill and delivery. You can relieve your household’s reliability on our unsustainable power grid by switching to gas for your cooking, cleaning and heating requirements no matter what load shedding stage we are in. Click to find out more and order online today.

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