Is Natural Gas reliable?
NATURAL GAS IS RELIABLE AND SAFE.
According to the American Gas Association, more than 60 million customers use natural gas in homes and businesses in the United States. In fact, natural gas provides about 24 percent of all the energy that is used across the nation.
Natural gas has a very limited range of flammability. This means that it takes just the right mixture of air and natural gas before it can burn. Also, natural gas is lighter than air, so it usually will safely rise and disperse into the air if it is allowed to vent freely. Even with this in mind, it is very important to understand natural gas and to be aware of safety tips concerning its use. Most accidents occur because of lack of knowledge that leads to unsafe equipment or appliances, not because natural gas itself is unsafe.
Natural gas is a cost-efficient energy source because it converts most of the fuel as it burns (about 90 percent) directly into energy that can be used to heat homes or operate appliances. And, because most of the pipes that deliver natural gas are buried underground, they are extremely reliable and unlikely to lose their ability to work during any type of weather.
Natural gas is reliable. The pipeline system can’t be easily damaged by weather or affected by weather conditions. In contrast, propane and oil must be trucked to the customer’s location, and truck deliveries are susceptible to weather conditions.
According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, homes with natural gas command a four percent price premium over total electric homes…another reason to insist on homes with the natural gas advantage.