Today everyone wants to find ways to conserve energy usage and reduce energy expenses. Natural gas is a clean, renewable energy source that heats quickly and requires less energy usage in common household appliances.
How efficient is natural gas?
Is natural gas efficient? Yes, it is. Natural gas is three times more energy efficient than electricity in many applications. There is less energy lost while sourcing natural gas than electricity, which means more energy derived from natural gas is delivered to the consumer. Improved appliance technology has helped produce natural gas furnaces and boilers that are up to 97 percent efficient. These facts translate to energy savings for consumers who use natural gas.
Higher efficiency results in less residential natural gas usage
In our fast-paced society, natural gas usage per household has actually decreased. According to the American Gas Association (AGA), today the average American household uses one-third less natural gas than in 1980. This is a significant energy reduction. It can be attributed to a variety of factors, including better insulation, higher-efficiency appliances, and increased awareness of thermostat control. For example, if a household installs high-efficiency appliances, the users could decrease can decrease its energy usage by up to 30 percent. Additionally, lowering the thermostat by 10 to 15 percent for eight hours a day can reduce annual fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.
Looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient? The Home Energy Saver website, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), provides valuable information that helps homeowners to maximize residential energy efficiency. You can find recommendations for home upgrades, get information on ENERGY STAR benefits, and find energy-savings tips and videos to help you keep your energy costs and usage down.
Another valuable source is Energy.gov, which is created by the U.S. Department of Energy. This site provides tips on the most affordable and energy-efficient household appliances. Did you know that natural gas furnaces provide the greatest energy savings for home owners, as opposed to electric resistance furnaces and other types of heating systems?
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