Gas vs. Electric, which one is better?

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Electricity or gas.  When you have a choice, one may be better than the other.

"You have your stoves, washers and dryers and your hot water heaters. Those are your main three categories," says Rodney Black with Best Buy.

TXU says Texans use more electricity than any other state in the nation, but electricians like Charles Thomson say just because that's the case, doesn't mean its better.

"Gas is more efficient, like in heating hot water, it heats twice as fast and you get more BTU's out of the system. Electricity is slower costs a lot more money," says Thomson.

Natural gas is a primary fuel that can be used in its natural state and experts say it's easier to deliver.  Plus it requires no pollution-producing, energy-wasting conversion process the way electricity does.

"Gas has to be piped in where as electricity comes in on your electrical service," says Thomson.

We did a price comparison at and although natural gas electricity is $0.96 cents per hundred cubic feet and electricity is only $.14 cents per kilowatt hour, the price for an average home is only about $500 a month when you use natural gas and almost $1500 a month with just electricity.

"But gas can't light up your house and can't turn on the TV and can't cool your house, but it can heat your home," says Thomson.

So if you already have electric appliances, not to worry.  At Best Buy, "Generally we sell electric ones because that's what everybody has."

But there are ways to cut down use of electricity, especially when energy prices have jumped.

"Use florescent light bulbs, and ceiling fans to help circulate the air, insulate better and hopefully you have a high efficiency air conditioner," says Thomson.