Benefits of Natural Gas

NATURAL GAS: THE FUEL OF FREEDOM

Natural gas is our fuel of freedom. Its abundance in our great country and resulting low cost has freed our customers from the high costs of heating their homes with other fossil fuels. It is the cleanest and most environmentally-friendly fossil fuel, thus freeing us from the higher greenhouse gas emissions of other fossil fuels. Its direct-use in our homes and businesses achieves more than 90 percent efficiency, freeing us from less efficient energy delivery methods. Additionally, its use as a motor fuel frees us from our dependence on foreign oil.

Benefits of Natural Gas

Domestically Produced

  • About 93% of the natural gas used in the U.S. is produced domestically, according to the American Gas Association (AGA).

  • Service is less vulnerable to storms and extreme weather because natural gas is delivered via an underground distribution system.

  • Natural gas is always available; which means customers will not run out, and there is no need for a storage tank.

Efficient

  • The direct-use of natural gas is more efficient that other types of energy. Per the American Public Gas Association (APGA), electricity generated from natural gas loses 63% of its usable energy from the source (mine, solar panel, wellhead or wind turbine) to the site (electric outlet). Natural gas, however, only loses 8% of its usable energy from wellhead to burner tip.

  • Taking into account the full-fuel-cycle from production to the customer, homes using natural gas appliances use 32% less energy than similar homes using all electric appliances according to the American Gas Association (AGA).

  • With a high energy density, natural gas works harder and more efficiently with less waste.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

  • Homes using natural gas appliances have approximately 46% less carbon footprint than homes using electricity generated from coal and 30% less than fuel oil.

  • Natural gas radiant heat and fireplaces improve the air quality in the home by cutting down on dust and allergens.

Affordable

  • Households that use natural gas appliances for heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying spend less money than those using electricity or propane for the same applications.

  • On average, homes using natural gas instead of electricity save $506 per year, and homes using natural gas instead of propane save $2,287 per year.

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Uses of Natural Gases

Appliances

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fire Pit
  • Fireplace
  • Furnace/Boiler
       
  • Gas Grill
  • Generator
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Patio Heater 
       
  • Spa Heater
  • Stove/Range
  • Water Heater 

Cooking

  • Natural gas provides precise, even, and efficient cooking temperatures and provides instant heat for cook tops, ovens, ranges, and grills.

Fireplaces and Outdoor Living

  • Natural gas logs and inserts eliminate the messy wood and ash of traditional fireplaces and fire pits.

  • Using natural gas patio heaters can extend the outdoor season by providing heat year-round.

  • Natural gas grills provide the opportunity to cook outdoors, which can help reduce cooling costs during the warm summer months. Also, there's no need to refill tanks because natural gas grills are connected directly to the gas line.

Generators

  • Natural gas can be used as fuel for back-up generators, which provides peace of mind by operating automatically in the event of a power outage.

  • Natural gas generators emit far less greenhouse gases than gasoline or diesel-powered generators.

Laundry

  • Natural gas dryers work by moving warm air through the clothes. On average consumers can dry two loads of clothes in a natural gas dryer for the same amount of money it costs to dry just one load in an electric dryer, according to the American Gas Association.

Water Heating

  • Natural gas heats water twice as fast as a standard electric water heater.

  • Tankless water heaters are more efficient than conventional water heaters. By heating water only when it is needed, tankless water heaters reduce stand-by energy loss from unused water left to cool in the tank.

Residential Annual Energy Cost Comparison

The following chart shows how the annual costs compare between using natural gas, electricity and propane for home heating, water heating, clothes drying and cooking. On average, homes using natural gas instead of electricity save $506 per year, and homes using natural gas instead of propane save $2,287 per year.

   Natural
Gas
Electricity  Propane
(@$2.70/
gallon)* 
Home
Heating 
 
$599 $728 $2,063 
Water
Heating 
 
$258  $559   $883
Clothes
Drying 
 
 $49 $95   $159
Cooking
   
$39   $70  $127

The calculations for Natural Gas and Electric are based on the current City of Rocky Mount residential rates. The city's residential facilities fees of $14.00 per month (April through September) and $34.00 (October through March) for natural gas and $26.00 per month for electric service are not included in the individual end-use costs.

NOTE: Actual savings may vary depending on energy costs, size and design of structure, number of residents, efficiency of equipment, and usage.
*Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly North Carolina Propane Residential Price (Dollars per Gallon)

You could earn money back by switching to natural gas. Check out the Natural Gas Incentive Program for details.