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Gourmet trend seeing Queenslanders flick the switch when renovating

October 6, 2020

first_imgNewlyweds Alan and Sarah Gould opted to convert to natural gas from electricity for their hot water service and cooktop.FOR most renovators, changing wall colours and old fixtures might be the first thing they think about when renovating, but one Brisbane couple it was all about the energy.Newlyweds Sarah and Alan Gould were determined to turn an old house they bought in Enoggera into the perfect entertaining space, and flicked the switch on a gas conversion.“We bought this beautiful old house to renovate, and it was obvious that the previous owners had made some strange choices — the purple walls were one, not using natural gas was another. So upgrading to gas appliances was an easy choice for us,” Mrs Gould said.“We love to entertain, so our kitchen was one of the first things on our renovation list. “We chose a lovely pastel blue tile that pulls together the modern layout with the softness of a traditional Queensland home, and a fantastic five-burner natural gas cooker with a giant wok burner.”The couple converted their home to natural gas while renovating and became the 100,000th customer in Queensland for Australian Gas Networks, a major milestone for the firm.Their hot water and cooktop flicked over to gas as well as their outdoor cooking.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“For us it was a no brainer,” Mrs Gould said. “When we upgraded to natural gas cooking, it just made sense to get continuous hot water too. Then we found out we could run a BBQ off natural gas, which we’d never even considered. It’s such a great idea. We spend so much time living on the back deck, and that outdoor area is next on our renovation list.” “We’ve installed a natural gas BBQ point, and can’t wait to get our new natural gas BBQ with the reno. We’ll never have to run out for bottles in the middle of a party.”A love of gourmet cooking was expected to see more Queenslanders look at energy choices during renovation work.“I love cooking, and I really like to cook French food,” Mr Gould said. “But I kept burning everything with the old electric cooktop — if I had something on a high heat, then turned it down, it took ages to adjust. It just didn’t work — we just had to have gas when we upgraded the kitchen.”Australian Gas Networks chief customer officer, Mr Andrew Staniford said the varied benefits of natural gas was what was driving up new connections.“More and more homeowners are starting to enjoy the benefits of natural gas in their homes, while also reducing their carbon footprint compared to energy from the electricity grid.”The firm has over 1.2m households on its list across the country, via 25,000km of natural gas distribution networks and 1,100 kilometres of transmission pipelines and spends $250m a year reaching new areas and replacing old gas mains.last_img

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