Natural Gas Facts

Natural gas is growing in popularity due to its efficiency, reliability, safety and cleanliness.

  • 70% of all new single family homes in the U.S. feature natural gas heat.
  • Natural gas heat is “warmer” than electric and heats an area more quickly and efficiently.
  • The natural gas pipeline infrastructure, which includes 2.1 million miles of pipeline, is the nation’s safest energy delivery system according to U.S. government statistics.
  • Natural gas is reliable even during power outages.


Residential appliances, which most commonly use natural gas, include furnaces, water heaters, cook tops and ranges, dryers and gas logs. All natural gas appliances run more efficiently than electric appliances, and some as much as 40%, which saves the consumer money.

Natural gas ranges allow you to cook more evenly. There are no messy cleanups when using natural gas fireplace logs and gas grills. Natural Gas enables you to dry more clothes for less money than electric dryers and natural gas water heaters heat twice as much water for the same cost as electric.


Commercial uses of natural gas are often similar to that of residential. Natural gas is commonly used in commercial refrigeration systems, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, office buildings and retail businesses.

Industrial uses include applications in connection with operating large production facilities such as pulp and paper mills, manufacturing facilities, metals, chemicals and petroleum refining facilities.