Natural Gas is the Low-Carbon Affordable Fuel This Winter

Washington, D.C. – Today, during its annual Winter Outlook, the American Gas Association (AGA) announced that customers who use natural gas to heat their homes could expect to see bills up to 71 percent lower than alternatives this winter. Customers with efficient appliances are also expected to have a carbon footprint that is 19 percent lower than a customer operating an Energy Star-rated electric air-source heat pump.

“With the COVID pandemic presenting so many challenges to homes and businesses, winter is going to be different this year, but Americans know that with natural gas, they have a reliable, clean, and low-cost fuel for heating their homes, drying their clothes and cooking their meals,” said Karen Harbert, AGA President and CEO. “Affordability and sustainability are at the forefront of people’s minds right now and natural gas delivers both.”

Throughout the year, the American Gas Association tracks weather forecasts, examines expected energy demand and available supply, surveys its natural gas utility members to provide an industry outlook for the winter heating season.

The planning and preparation of the nation’s natural gas utility companies help to ensure that 180 million Americans receive safe, clean, affordable, and reliable energy, especially on the coldest day of the year.

The 2020 AGA Winter Outlook shows:

Nearly one-third of U.S. households report a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating. Reliable and affordable energy is critical to the well-being of all households, particularly during the coldest months. The natural gas utility industry works with policymakers and regulators to provide or participate in energy assistance programs to help American families. These programs and activities involve the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), budget billing, weatherization assistance, and other measures. Some utilities forgo terminations for non-payment during the winter, so customers can maintain service during the most critical time of the year.

This past July, seven energy industry trade associations, including AGA, sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership, urging Congress to fully fund the LIHEAP at a level of $5.1 billion.

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