Natural Gas FAQ

Is there a gas pipeline in my neighborhood?

If you are not sure if there is an established natural gas line in your neighborhood contact your local Municipal natural gas provider, the City in which you live, and they should be able to tell you if you do have a line in your neighborhood.


What should I do if I smell gas?

If you smell rotten eggs, leave the area and call 911 or your local emergency response team’s number (fire, police, utility, etc.)


How many homes in the U.S. use natural gas?

More than half of all the homes in the United States use natural gas – almost 62 million families.


Is the use of natural gas good for the U.S. economy?

Natural gas comprises almost one-fourth of all primary energy used in the U.S. and is directly linked to jobs and economic health. The natural gas industry supports the employment of nearly 3 million Americans in all 50 states. (published by AGA)


How efficient is natural gas?

The direct use of natural gas in America’s homes and businesses achieves 92% energy efficiency.


How dependable is natural gas?

Because the natural gas system is underground, outages are rare.


Is natural gas safe?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, pipelines are the safest form of energy transportation. Safety is the number one priority for America’s natural gas utilities. (published by AGA)


How much natural gas does the United States have, and how long will it last?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that as of January 1, 2013 there were about 2,276 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of technically recoverable resources of dry natural gas in the United States. At the rate of U.S. dry natural gas consumption in 2013 of about 27 Tcf per year, the United States has enough natural gas to last about 84 years. The actual number of years will depend on the amount of natural gas consumed each year, natural gas imports and exports, and additions to natural gas reserves. Technically recoverable reserves consist of proved reserves and unproved resources. Proved reserves of crude oil and natural gas are the estimated volumes expected to be produced, with reasonable certainty, under existing economic and operating conditions. Unproved resources of crude oil and natural gas are additional volumes estimated to be technically recoverable without consideration of economics or operating conditions, based on the application of current technology. (published by eia.gov)


What is gas cooling?

Many people are unaware that the natural gas that heats buildings in the winter can also cool and dehumidify them in the summer by the process known as gas cooling. Gas cooling converts gas combustible heat energy into cooling energy through a number of different processes, including absorption, vapour compression, cogeneration and desiccant systems.


What types of Consumer Energy Assistance Programs are available?

Several state and local agencies provide energy assistance dollars to offset some energy costs for qualifying customers. Click the links below to learn more about these programs.

Department of Family and Children Services

Heating Energy Assistance Team, Inc.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

 


Where can I find information on Self-Directed Energy Conservation?

When it comes to useful information on using and saving energy, there are many sources of very useful information. Listed below are informative websites on forecasted energy prices, detailed home energy conservation strategies and energy-efficient home improvement materials.

These sites can help utilities and their customers prepare for the winters ahead:

www.homeenergysaver.lbl.gov : This DOE site enables consumers to use a “Do it Yourself Home Energy Audit,” calculate energy use and identify the best ways to save both energy and money. Key in your zip code and receive instant estimates of your energy use, or take a quiz that helps customize your home’s profile.

www.eren.doe.gov/buildings : DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse lists energy consultants, conservation tips and other information DOE programs to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy.

http://www.energystar.gov/ : This Environmental Protection Agency site enables consumers to gauge the energy efficiency of many of their home appliances and to research EPA-sponsored Energy Star energy-efficient appliances.

www.ase.org : The Alliance to Save Energy has posted some tips on its website to help consumers avoid “$ticker $hock” this winter.

www.atlantagaslight.com : Atlanta Gas Light provides energy audits with recommendations for how you can improve the energy usage in your home.

www.aga.org : The American Gas Association website is an invaluable resource for understanding the benefits and availability of clean, safe, reliable natural gas energy. Where can I find product information on insulation and weatherization supplies? Here are some resources for insulation and weatherization supplies and products.

www.ahrinet.org : Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

www.aham.org : Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

www.nahb.com : National Association of Home Builders