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Natural Gas Facts

Natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel, is a highly efficient form of energy. Natural gas's advantages over other fuels include the following:

  • It's dependable: You never have to worry about weather, delivery schedules or running out.

    • FACT: Houses with natural gas services are not affected by the severe weather or mechanical disruptions that cause most residential electric power outages

    • FACT: The nation's most critical buildings all rely on natural gas: the Pentagon, the White House and the Capitol building all use natural gas as a heating source.

    • FACT: Many natural gas utilities have been delivering natural gas for decades, some for more than a century. They are time-tested.

    • FACT: Natural gas can be counted on as a primary fuel as well as the most reliable backup to renewable energies* (natural gas is there when the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine).

      *Alternative/renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, meet only 6% of our nation's energy needs.

  • It's safe:

    • FACT: North America's continental natural gas pipeline system is the safest mode of energy transportation in the world today.

    • FACT: The natural gas industry spends over $7 billion a year to ensure natural gas is delivered safely and reliably to your home.

    • FACT: An odorant (t-butyl mercaptan) is added to natural gas by the producer so leaks can be easily detected and fixed.

  • It's clean:

    • FACT: Natural gas emits 45% less carbon dioxide than electricity generated from coal

    • FACT: Natural gas emits 30% less carbon dioxide than fuel oil

    • FACT: Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005

  • It's domestic:

    • FACT: Natural gas is domestically available; 98% of all natural gas consumed in North America is produced within the continent.

    • FACT: Natural gas is abundant; enough natural gas has been discovered to supply North America for well beyond 100 years.

  • It's more efficient:

    • FACT: When the entire cycle of producing, processing, transporting and using energy is considered, natural gas is delivered to the consumer with a "total energy efficiency" of about 90 percent, compared with about 27 percent for electricity.

    • FACT: Natural gas heats your water two to three times faster than a typical electric water heater.

  • A premium product:

    • FACT: With Natural Gas you can feel the warmth. That's because unlike cooler air from an electric heat pump, a natural gas furnace delivers air that's as much as 25 degrees warmer.

    • FACT: 90% of professional chefs prefer cooking with natural gas because of the ease in controlling the cooking temperature.

Factors that Impact Price


  1. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy

  2. The Council for Responsible Energy