About Natural Gas

About Natural Gas

Now is the Time for Natural Gas

If you want to do what's right for the environment while enjoying the comforts of home, look to natural gas. With a renewed focus on the environment, it's time to remember that natural gas is not only the best choice for your home, but for the planet as well.

What is natural gas?

Natural gas is a combustible, gaseous mixture of simple hydrocarbon compounds, usually found in deep underground reservoirs formed by porous rock.

Does it have a certain color or smell?

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless fossil fuel composed almost entirely of methane, but does contain small amounts of other gases, including ethane, propane, butane and pentane.

Why does it smell like rotten eggs?

We add to our gas lines, a chemical called Mercaptan, which causes the distinct "rotten eggs" smell. This is added so that you can better recognize a gas leak.

How is it used?

Natural gas is used extensively in residential, commercial and industrial applications. It is the dominant energy used for home heating, with about 51 percent of American homes using gas. The use of natural gas is also rapidly increasing in electric power generation and cooling, and as a transportation fuel.

Is it clean?

Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, producing primarily carbon dioxide, water vapor and small amounts of nitrogen oxides. All together, natural gas, coal and oil account for about 88 percent of U.S. energy consumption.

Does natural gas impact our reliance on imported fossil fuels?

One-half of all of the oil Americans use is imported; in contrast, 85 percent of the natural gas U.S. consumers use is produced domestically. The remaining 15 percent primarily comes from Canada via pipeline.