Consumers strongly prefer natural gas heat because it is comfortable, convenient, reliable and efficient. Today's heating systems offer incredible choices to contractors, builders and homeowners, from top-of-the-line furnaces that achieve efficiency levels of more than 90 percent, to moderately priced units that meet or slightly exceed the minimum efficiency standard of 78 percent, so that customers don't have to pay for more efficiency than they need.
Homebuyers consistently rate fireplaces as a must have in consumer preference surveys. However, many homeowners do not often use wood-burning fireplaces, because it can be time-consuming and messy to collect wood, build a fire, tend it, cool it down and clean up the ashes.
It is no surprise that gas hearth product shipments zoomed up 600 percent between 1992-2000, while sales of traditional cordwood appliances rose only 11 percent during the same time period, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.
Builders know that a kitchen can sell a house. But smart builders know that natural gas appliances can sell the kitchen. Just as most professional chefs insist on cooking with natural gas, everyday cooks recognize that natural gas offers even heat, excellent temperature control and instant on/off settings for cooking and baking.
Today's natural gas ranges, ovens, cooktops and grills feature high efficiency, easy cleaning and the reliability that natural gas equipment is known for.
Water heaters are the second biggest energy users in a typical home, next to the heating and cooling system. Natural gas water heaters cost less to operate than electric water heaters, on average, and can heat water twice as fast. In fact, consumers can enjoy two bathtubs full of water with natural gas for the same cost of a single tub full of water heated with electricity, on average.
Natural gas makes up 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States (24.64 trillion cubic feet or Tcf in 2010). Thirty-one percent of gas consumed in the U.S. is used for electric power generation, 29 percent in industrial operations, 21 percent in American homes, and 13 percent in commercial settings. The remainder is used in oil and gas production operations, as a pipeline transportation fuel and in road vehicles.
FERC is approaching transparency more broadly than it did price reporting, as was the case through 2006, and making efforts to enhance transparency in various proceedings or initiatives recently set in motion by the Commission. The policy driver is a desire to increase confidence in the functioning of natural gas commodity markets.
Promise Delivered: Planning, Preparation and Performance During the 2013-14 Winter Heating Season
The United States faced sustained cold and record-setting natural gas consumption during the winter of 2013-2014. Natural gas reliability was tested and throughout the country local utility customers continued to receive dependable service at affordable prices.
In 2015, the International Builders' Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will again co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously, January 20 – 22, 2015.
Based on responses to a 2010 survey by the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), this report looks retrospectively at 2009 ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs and describes program characteristics, expenditures, savings impacts, and planning and evaluation. Also presented are 2010 program year budgets. The report also reviews state regulatory requirements for natural efficiency programs and cost recovery treatment.
This study provides tangible evidence that the natural gas efficiency program market is growing rapidly:
Based on a survey of AGA members, more customers were able to stay current on their bills and fewer customers had to be disconnected from utility service in 2010 than compared to the prior year. Nationally, the sample shows that:
Through energy efficiency programs, natural gas utilities are helping their customers save money and reduce their carbon footprint, while maintaining the comfort and productivity of their homes and businesses.
This report provides a unique and comprehensive view of the residential natural gas market, including market shares by city, region and the United States overall, a state comparison of energy prices, and a look at LIHEAP and other bill paying assistance programs.
Washington, D.C. - Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association, (AGA) today released the following statement regarding a study on shale development led by Professor Robert Howarth of Cornell University:
Energy bill payment assistance to low-income households increased significantly over the past two years. Federal government assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) reached record levels -- $5.1 billion was allocated for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 and FY2010, compared to $2.6 billion in FY2008. Also, utility rate assistance programs provided $2.4 billion in rate assistance to these customers in 2009, an increase of 7.5 percent compared to 2007. Last winter, heating bills fell to the lowest levels in two years.
Natural gas is a foundation fuel for a smart, clean, safe and reliable energy system. It serves as an efficient source of comfort in homes and productivity for businesses. Natural gas has also become a vital fuel source for electric generation serving peak demand and also balancing the integration of renewable energy.