Natural Gas is the Responsible Choice
Natural Gas is one of the safest and most reliable fuels available. Agrinatural Gas continually monitors our pipeline system to ensure safe and efficient delivery of natural gas to your home, farm or business. We add an odorant to natural gas, so you can detect even the slightest amount in the air.
Agrinatural Gas' highest priority is safe and reliable delivery of natural gas. With safety in your hands and on our minds, we would like for you to know the facts about natural gas to help keep you and your family safe.
Physical properties of natural gas are as follows:
• Natural Gas is odorless and colorless
• Natural Gas is primarily methane, with small amounts of other hydrocarbons
• Natural Gas is non-toxic
• Natural Gas is lighter than air, if it escapes, it will rise and dissipate
• Natural Gas is clean-burning; when burned with the proper amount of air, it produces heat, carbon dioxide and water vapor.
Natural Gas is the responsible choice! With the long-term availability of U.S. Natural Gas supplies, choosing Natural Gas for your home, farm or business is the best choice because it’s affordable, abundant, domestic and environmentally friendly. There are ample supplies of Natural Gas to ensure that you have all that you need to heat your home or business.
On January 24, 2012 Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association, states that “by continuing to increase the use of Natural Gas, we can make progress on our national priorities of helping to improve our economy, reduce environmental impacts and secure our nation’s energy future. Putting millions of Americans to work each day and creating independence from less stable nations through clean and efficient NGV’s, Natural Gas is no doubt a part of the solution.”
Natural Gas has a high energy density, meaning its unique, natural properties allow it to work harder and more efficiently with less waste. It is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, with 45% less carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than electricity generated from coal and 30% less than fuel oil.
Consider this: if you were to convert an electric water heater to a Natural Gas water heater, you would save the same amount of CO2 emissions in one year as recycling 1.7 tons of waste.
According to the Department of Energy, 90% of the Natural Gas delivered directly to your home or business is useful energy. It has no conversion losses. The product that enters the pipeline at the front end is the same product that comes out the back end at your home or business. The result is energy supply efficiency greater than 90% for Natural Gas.
Currently, alternative and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, meet only 6% of our nation’s energy needs. While a positive step for the environment, building an infrastructure to make renewables a reality will take years. But, using Natural Gas for everyday needs like cooking, space and water heating is something you can do right now that will have an immediate positive environmental impact.
More than 80% of the Natural Gas used in the United States is domestically produced. Not only does this reduce the U.S. dependency on foreign oil produced in the more volatile regions of the world, but it employs hundreds of thousands of Americans. And, because the infrastructure that delivers Natural Gas into our homes is already established, Natural Gas is ready to be used as fuel for homes and businesses.
Using Natural Gas takes a bite out of your home’s carbon emissions. Your home is the number one place where most people can begin to reduce their carbon footprint. While most of the homes we live in require electricity for most appliances such as stoves, water and space heaters, clothes dryers and fireplaces, homeowners do have a better and more responsible energy choice. The carbon footprint for a home using Natural Gas appliances instead of electric appliances is up to 46% smaller. Electric water heaters for example, emit 2.5 times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as Natural Gas water heaters. And, Natural Gas furnaces have a significantly lower carbon footprint than electric heat pumps, electric baseboard heat or electric furnaces. Natural Gas radiant heat and fireplaces can also improve air quality in a home by cutting down on dust and allergens.
When you consider all the benefits of Natural Gas, it’s no wonder the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005, and the Clean Air Act Amendment of 2005, approved clean-burning, Natural Gas as an alternative fuel.