Nearly 64 million American homes are heated with natural gas - almost 50 percent!
Because it burns cleaner and is more efficient, natural gas is better for the environment, and natural gas efficiency programs can save energy and reduce carbon emissions even more. Nationally, natural gas energy efficiency programs have helped utility customers save energy and carbon dioxide emissions. The average American home consumes 40 percent less natural gas than it did 40 years ago.
There is no need for a storage tank. This allows customers to free-up space in their basements, and for tanks that are underground, costly liabilities can be avoided from tank removal. Natural gas is produced in North America so there is less dependence on foreign oil. In Connecticut during 2011, Residential natural gas energy efficiency programs helped save 1.7 million Ccf of natural gas annually and will produce more than 28.5 million Ccf in lifetime savings.
Source: AGA, "Energy Efficiency and Natural Gas Utilities 2012" and "2011 Report of the Energy Efficiency Board", CT, March 2012