Using natural gas at home can reduce your carbon footprint.
Each of us can make a difference. And when it comes to energy, people and communities worldwide are eager to transition to smarter, better energy choices. Natural gas is a key part of that transition and can help ease the way.
Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel
Natural gas is inherently efficient and abundant throughout the United States and Canada, providing clean energy for a wide range of local uses in homes, schools, and businesses.
- When burned, natural gas produces about 45 percent less carbon dioxide than coal, about 30 percent less than oil, and about 15 percent less than wood.
- Natural gas is extremely efficient when it combusts, producing heat, water vapor and carbon dioxide.
- Natural gas produces almost no carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, dissolved solids or airborne particulates, all of which can be harmful to human and animal health.
Choosing natural gas automatically lowers your reliance on electric utilities that burn coal or inefficiently use natural gas to make that electricity. By doing so, you'll personally help lower carbon emissions, smog and acid rain. You'll also create fewer greenhouse gases, doing your part to slow or reduce the effects of global climate change.
Plentiful supplies and a renewable future
At the same time, natural gas is more plentiful and more cost-effective for most people than renewable sources of energy, such as wind, solar and biofuels. One day, we hope renewable energy can replace coal and oil as energy sources. Together, natural gas and renewable energy are helping society transition to a cleaner future.
Bottom line? Choosing natural gas and high-efficiency gas appliances for your home or business is something you can feel good about today and tomorrow.
- Greenhouse gas reductions—Learn more about how natural gas can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.