6 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Use Natural Gas
Benefits of Utilizing Natural Gas in Your Home
Power comes from many sources, but currently, natural gas is the #1 source in America. In addition to providing gas power, natural gas is also used to generate 35.1% of the country’s electricity.
This wasn’t always the case. In the last decade, the production of natural gas has skyrocketed. So much so, liquefied natural gas is the fastest-growing commodity in the world. In 2018 alone, 314 million tons were delivered, and there’s a lot more investment in the works.
Why all the interest in natural gas? Because it turns out there are a lot of benefits to using natural gas in your home.
Natural Gas Can Be Used to Completely Power a Home
Heating water, cooking food, powering electronic devices – natural gas, directly and indirectly, powers the entire home in many cities. Natural gas powers a variety of appliances, and it’s a source of electricity. It’s what you call a diversified energy source.
Natural Gas is More Affordable
Natural gas is more abundant and readily available than any other power source. In a supply and demand market, this makes natural gas affordable compared to other sources of energy. The steady flow of natural gas production also helps stabilize price volatility.
Natural Gas is a Cleaner Source of Energy
Natural gas may not be as “clean” as renewable resources, but it’s much better than coal and petroleum. It’s much more efficient, which helps reduce waste. Upwards of 90% of what’s produced is converted to useful energy. Its chemical composition is another factor. There are fewer impurities so it burns cleaner and creates less pollution. Some studies estimate that natural gas reduces greenhouse gases by as much as 30% compared to diesel and gasoline. And it produces 50% less carbon dioxide than coal when it’s used to generate electricity. That’s why carbon neutral natural gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel.
Natural Gas is Easier on Appliances
Because natural gas burns cleaner, it’s easier on the appliances and machinery it powers. You’ll enjoy less maintenance and a longer lifespan before needing to replace hot water heaters, heating systems, ovens, etc.
Natural Gas is Sourced in the U.S.
The vast majority of natural gas we use is produced right here in the United States. The fact that natural gas is produced in the U.S. helps reduce environmental impact and price. It also reduces our dependence on foreign fuels that are imported from other countries.
Natural Gas is More Reliable Than Electricity
One benefit every homeowner will truly appreciate is the reliability of natural gas. The gas pipelines are underground so they are more secure than the power lines above ground. When a storm hits or there’s an electrical blackout natural gas is still available.
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