Advantages of Natural Gas
It’s energy that’s dependable. It’s energy that’s naturally efficient and good for the environment. It’s energy that’s born in the USA. It’s energy that’s affordable. It’s energy that’s the right choice. Households that use natural gas for heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $693 less per year than homes using electricity for those same applications. Low domestic natural gas prices have led to savings of almost $65 billion for residential natural gas customers over the past five years.
Heating and cooling expenses make up the largest part of the energy bill for most homes. Using the most efficient heating equipment is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, and it’s one of the most effective ways to reduce energy bills. Natural gas is the best energy source for heating your home because it is so efficient. That’s why natural gas is the number one heating source for new homes nationwide, it provides real comfort with warmer heat that you can actually feel.
Natural gas fireplaces and logs are another way to efficiently heat your home. They are 99.9% efficient-nearly all of the energy used is converted to heat saving you money and preserving natural resources. They can be installed in almost any room and are clean burning-no wood, no ashes and no hassle. Natural gas fireplaces and logs provide back up heat when the electricity goes out.
On average, after heating and cooling, water heating is the largest consumer of energy in homes today. Water heating accounts for approximately 18% of the energy consumed in your home, which is why it is so important to choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water, but will do so efficiently, saving you money. A natural gas tank water heater will deliver hot water fast and save on operating costs. They work faster than their electric counterparts, therefore producing more hot water in less time. As residents of the Gulf Coast, we are all too familiar with thunderstorms and hurricanes that cause power outages across our area. It is comforting to know that with a natural gas tank water heater, a power outage doesn’t mean you have to go without a soothing, hot shower. Choosing a natural gas tank water heater saves you money and is better for our environment.
With a natural gas tankless water heater you can enjoy the benefit of continuous hot water without the hassle of paying to heat water that you’re not using. Also, the average lifespan of a tankless water heater is nearly double that of a traditional tank, 20 years, and it can be mounted outside on an exterior wall. There is nothing more frustrating than running out of hot water or discovering that it has caused damage to your home. The savings you will experience in operating costs can pay your appliance investment off in a matter of years.
The accurate temperature control of a natural gas range allows you to try tricky recipes that might otherwise be difficult. A natural gas range allows you to instantly adjust the heat with a simple turn of the dial. In addition, a gas range evenly distributes heat to your pots and pans and can reduce the chance of over-cooking or scorching. Precise control of both temperature and heat distribution gives you a better chance of duplicating your favorite celebrity chef’s culinary masterpiece. If you’re cooking for the family, time and reliability are really important. Heat on a natural gas range is available immediately; therefore it takes less time to reach desired temperatures when cooking. Also, most natural gas ranges continue to operate during a power outage. Today’s high efficiency gas ranges, ovens and cooktops feature the instant on/off capabilities, easy cleaning and reliability that natural gas appliances are known for.
Natural gas grills provide a great meal with the ease and convenience we are always looking for with our busy schedules. Never worry about running out of fuel again, no tank refills, no charcoal, no long start up times. With a natural gas grill you are always ready to cook, make outdoor living simple, easy and enjoyable.
With a natural gas dryer, your clothes dry faster and more evenly as a result of better temperature control from natural gas. A natural gas dryer can save you up to 40% in annual operating costs versus an electric dryer without sacrificing performance or features. New, high efficiency gas dryers feature automatic shut off, sensor controls, de-wrinkling and automatic cool down cycles as well as use the same vent as electric. So use a natural gas clothes dryer to keep your laundry looking better-faster.
Lighting and Generators
Natural gas lights add beauty and character to your home as well as provide safety lighting during a power outage. They are available in a wide variety of styles and prices.
Hurricane season is no match for a home equipped with a natural gas generator. Provide back up whole home power with continuous fuel supply. A natural gas generator is designed to conserve space and operate quietly.
When considering energy efficiency and fuel choices for your home or business, think about this: not only is natural gas the cleanest fossil fuel, with substantially lower harmful emissions than its counterparts – less energy is wasted in delivering natural gas to your home or business than electricity.
Natural gas delivers 90 % of the energy extracted from the wells to the end users, with only minor losses in processing and transmission. Compare that with electricity, which only delivers 27% of the original energy extracted to your home or business. What’s more – almost 60% of the energy extracted from the ground is wasted as heat, carbon, and other emissions while generating electricity before it ever leaves the power plant!
Compared to Oil and Coal, two common fuels for generating electricity (along with natural gas), natural gas produces up to 40% less CO2, 80% less nitrogen oxide and virtually no sulfur dioxide (both primary components of smog).
Combined with the relative affordability of natural gas, and an abundant domestic supply – the environmental advantages of natural gas make it the natural choice for meeting Mobile’s energy needs – and providing a cleaner place to live, work , and relax.