Types of gas

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Written by Tiana Lee-Collins
Reviewed by Meredith O'Brien
Last updated 16 April 2024

What are the types of gas available to households?

Despite the push towards renewable energy, gas is still in high demand. There are two types of gas supplied to Australians depending on where they live: reticulated natural gas and liquified petroleum gas (LPG).

Reticulated natural gas, also known as natural gas, is distributed by pipeline. Natural gas is primarily made up of gaseous methane, which is collected during the fossil fuel burning process by drilling through gas wells. This type of gas is a low-carbon fossil fuel.

LPG, on the other hand, is a mixture of primarily liquefied propane and butane gases. This type of gas is also a low-carbon fossil fuel; however, it’s obtained through crude oil refinement.

Expert tips on understanding your natural gas plan

If you currently receive a gas bill from an energy retailer, are looking to switch retailers, or are moving to a new property with a gas connection, our Head of Energy, Meredith O’Brien, has some top tips for managing your gas plan.

Meredith O'Brien
Head of Energy

Review your current offer

If you have reticulated natural gas, review your current plan to see if you’re paying the lowest gas price. If you haven’t reviewed your plan in more than a year, there’s a good chance you could save by comparing your options.

Switch without disruptions

If you are switching to a new gas retailer, you do not pay a connection fee and there is no disruption to your supply. Keep in mind, switching gas providers can still take up to 90 days.

Turn off your gas hot water system and save

If you’re going on holiday for a week or more, turning your hot water system to holiday mode (or off it’s an older system) can help reduce your gas bill. Another way to save is to turn off your hot water until 45 minutes before showering or bathing – just make sure you remember to turn it back on!

Reticulated natural gas explained

Can I get natural gas at my house?

Advantages of reticulated natural gas

Disadvantages of reticulated natural gas

What if I don’t have a natural gas connection?

Liquified petroleum gas (LPG) explained

How does LPG work?

Advantages of LPG

Disadvantages of LPG

Important to know

Which type of gas is best for you?

Which energy retailers provide natural gas?

Can I connect natural gas appliances directly to a cylinder?

Do I have to get new appliances if I switch to gas?

Meet our energy expert, Meredith O’Brien

Meredith O'Brien
Head of Energy

As the Head of Energy at Compare the Market, Meredith O’Brien believes in educating Australian customers about the everchanging gas and electricity market so they can adjust their energy usage habits and get the most out of their energy plans.

Meredith has six years within the energy industry, following 15 years of experience in financial services and is currently studying a Master of Business Administration. Meredith is a dedicated customer advocate who is passionate about empowering Australians to find the right products to suit their needs by removing the confusion from comparing.

1 Australian Parliament House. Australian electricity options: natural gas. Published July 2020. Accessed October 2023.