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News Releases 2012
Homes With Natural Gas Appliances Save An Average of $518 Annually
President Touts Benefits of Natural Gas
Natural Gas is Key to Our Nation’s Economic Future
Natural Gas Council Statement on State of the Union Speech
AGA Report Shows U.S. Has Largest Natural Gas Storage in the World
Energy Groups Urge EPA and DOT To Provide Level Playing Field For Natural Gas Vehicles Under New Fuel Economy and Tailpipe Emission Standards
AGA Disappointed With LIHEAP Funding in President’s Budget
AGA Releases 2012 Playbook
Natural Gas Utilities Call For Full Funding of LIHEAP
AGA Praises FERC for Elevating Discussion On Gas-Electric Integration Issues
AGA Welcomes George Lowe as New Vice President of Federal Affairs
AGA Report Details Responsible Natural Gas Development
Executive Order to Speed-up Energy Infrastructure Permitting Process Will Help Natural Gas Customers
Natural Gas Council Asks FERC to Lead Effort Examining Gas-Electric Coordination and Market Rules Affecting Reliability
Calling 811 Before You Dig Can Save Lives
AGA Encourages FERC Dialogue on Gas-Electric Issues
U.S. Natural Gas Reserves At Record Levels
Limited Data on Methane a Fundamental Challenge
AGA Encouraged by Obama’s Executive Order
AGA to Host LNG 17
Natural Gas is the Best Heating Value
Natural Gas Utilities Reward Safety
Utilities Take Action to Further Improve the Safety of Natural Gas Distribution Systems
Customers See Benefits of Natural Gas Abundance
United States Leads Worldwide Conversation About Responsible Resource Development
Natural Gas Utilities: Building and Enhancing an Advanced Energy Delivery System
ARPA-E Program Will Spur Natural Gas Vehicle Innovation
McCurdy: Developing the market for natural gas vehicles enhances both our energy security and our economy
NPC Study Emphasizes Significant Opportunities
LNG 17—Open for Registration
Building A 21st Century Infrastructure In Communities Across the Nation
AGA Response to Romney Energy Plan
AGA Applauds White House Fuel Efficiency Standards
White House Executive Order Will Increase Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing
Obama Outlines Future with Natural Gas
Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure Models Vary
AGA Says Customers will Benefit from Low Prices Again this Winter
Stephen Ewing Receives AGA’s Distinguished Service Award
Questar Corp. Chairman, President & CEO Ronald Jibson Elected 2013 AGA Chairman
AGA Report Envisions a Decade of Natural Gas Market Stability
Natural Gas Utilities Activate Mutual Assistance Program In Response to Hurricane Sandy
AGA Congratulates President Obama, Encourages Smart Energy Policies
AGA Commends NARUC For Continued Recognition Of The Benefits Of Natural Gas
Utilities Work Towards Increased Safety For Natural Gas Infrastructure
Powerful Step To Help Reduce Barriers For Natural Gas Vehicles
Delivering the Promises of Natural Gas in 2013 and Beyond
DOE Report Affirms Role of Natural Gas as a Foundation Fuel
AGA Applauds Policy Guidance on Cyber Threat Information Sharing and Antitrust
Utilities Work With Congress to Continue Safe Delivery of Natural Gas
Thomas E. Skains, Piedmont Natural Gas, Receives AGA’s Distinguished Service Award


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 Homes With Natural Gas Appliances Save An Average of $518 Annually   

Washington, D.C. – Households that use natural gas appliances for heating, water heating, cooking, and clothes-drying spend an average of $518 less per year than homes using electricity for those applications. The American Gas Association (AGA) has completed a comprehensive report detailing the opportunities and challenges of the direct use of natural gas in residential and commercial markets. The study, Squeezing Every Btu: Natural Gas Direct Use Opportunities and Challenges, explores the market and policy related issues surrounding the direct use of natural gas.

“The direct use of natural gas provides three times more useful energy to consumers than electricity,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA. “In order to realize the full potential of direct use, we must remove the barriers preventing customer access to natural gas. AGA and our member companies support energy policies that provide consumers with a holistic approach to choosing the best energy option. When you compare cost, energy efficiency and the effects on the environment, natural gas comes out on top.”

Direct use refers to natural gas consumed directly in appliances for heat, water heating, cooking, and clothes-drying. AGA analysis shows that a household with natural gas versus all-electric appliances produces 37 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2012, natural gas will serve more than 40 percent of the direct energy needs of the nation’s homes and buildings. Natural gas will fuel almost one quarter of electricity generation. Converting a household to natural gas heat can provide short and long term benefits. Consumers can immediately save on their monthly utility bills. Over longer periods, as the electric and natural gas systems evolve, the integration of natural gas appliances into a smart energy grid offers new pathways to increase efficiency.

Some building codes and standards designed to improve energy consumption do not take into account the efficiencies of the natural gas delivery system. Consumers also tend to incur higher upfront costs when purchasing and installing natural gas appliances, thereby limiting natural gas as a consumer option. Still other consumers do not have access to natural gas in areas where it is financially prohibitive for utilities to extend service to them.

Squeezing Every BTU is about the benefits of the direct use of natural gas, and how we can utilize this domestic resource productively and efficiently to provide value to consumers, create jobs here at home, and spur the economy.

You can find the executive summary here

You can find the study here

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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