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Christina Nyquist Natural Gas Appliances Can Cut Home Heating Bills in Half and Reduce Emissions

You could save anywhere from $300 to $1,262 per year on home heating costs and reduce your carbon footprint just by choosing a natural gas furnace, water heater or both.

These findings come with the release of AGA’s 2014 Representative Average Residential Space Heating and Water Heating Costs analysis which compares average annual costs for various types of space and water heating appliances. Based on estimated representative average fuel unit costs published by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, AGA analysts estimated the annual costs for natural gas furnaces and water heaters when compared to their propane, oil and electric counterparts.

A piece of equipment with a higher annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating provides greater savings for customers. For example, a 97 percent AFUE natural gas furnace provides the lowest cost space heating option for homeowners, followed by an 80 percent AFUE natural gas furnace. Both offer significant annual operating cost savings over comparable space heating options.

The charts below break down potential savings by each appliance option. For more detail, as well as information on how these numbers were compiled, view AGA’s recent press release. Heating Water Costs graph 1 Natural Gas Appliances Can Cut Home Heating Bills in Half and Reduce Emissions

Heating Water Costs graph 2 Natural Gas Appliances Can Cut Home Heating Bills in Half and Reduce EmissionsSavings can be attributed to the low price of natural gas driven by its domestic abundance, as well as the efficiency of natural gas delivery systems and appliances. Direct use of natural gas – when natural gas is consumed directly in appliances for heating and cooling, water heating, cooking and clothes drying – achieves 92 percent energy efficiency from the point of production to delivery to the consumer. In typical home appliances, the direct use of natural gas cuts energy consumption by 28 percent compared to a similar home with all-electric appliances and produces 37 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Natural gas water heaters, for example, are nearly twice as efficient as electric resistance water heaters on a full-fuel-cycle comparison.

You can work with your local natural gas utility to upgrade your appliances and get more tips to increase your energy savings. As part of their commitment to promoting cost-effective and practical approaches to increasing energy efficiency, natural gas utilities invested $1.1 billion in natural gas efficiency programs in 2012 and budgeted nearly $1.5 billion for the 2013 program year. Here are a few services offered by some utilities:

  • Offering low-interest financing, cash rebates and other financial subsidies for high-efficiency natural gas appliance purchases and whole home or building efficiency improvements
  • Providing home energy audits, weatherization kits and programmable thermostats
  • Supplying information on insulation and high-efficiency appliances
  • Connecting customers with experienced and reliable appliance and service providers
  • Making online information available such as energy usage calculators

Every day, America’s local natural gas utilities safely and reliably deliver savings and solutions like this to their more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout the United States. By providing access to our nation’s affordable, efficient and clean energy source, AGA’s member companies are helping to secure a sustainable energy future.

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Lori Traweek AGA Marks National Safe Digging Month with Natural Gas Video for Children

Safety is the top priority for the American Gas Association (AGA) and our more than 200 member companies across the country. It is the very reason AGA co-founded the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organization dedicated to educating professionals and homeowners about the importance of following safe digging procedures, in 2000.

811logowithshovel 227x300 AGA Marks National Safe Digging Month with Natural Gas Video for ChildrenThis April marks the seventh annual National Safe Digging Month, an initiative put in place by the CGA to remind the public to “Call Before You Dig” to determine where your underground utility lines are located before beginning any digging project. To get started, dial 811 to be connected to your local One Call Center which will gather information about the project and alert your local utility company. Crews will then locate the utility lines near your planned project and make sure they are properly marked so you can be sure to avoid them. The process is fast, simple and free.

People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.

Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

According to the CGA, excavation damages for all underground facilities have decreased by approximately 50 percent since 2004, thanks in large part to the engaging and innovative outreach of “Call 811” campaigns by local natural gas utilities.

Promoting safe digging awareness is just one of the many ways America’s natural gas utilities continuously work to keep communities safe and to help ensure our distribution and transmission system continues to be the safest and most reliable method of delivering energy in the nation.

In conjunction with this month’s focus on safety, AGA released a YouTube video today to help educate youth about the importance of natural gas safety in the home. The animated video, aimed at elementary and middle school aged children, explains which appliances use natural gas, how to identify a natural gas leak and what to do if a leak occurs. These key safety messages are not only critical to family and caregivers, but the next generation of utility customers. Feel free to share the video on your company’s social media platforms.

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Click the play button above to watch the video on YouTube.

We’d also like to encourage you to share your company’s plans for National Safe Digging Month in the comments section below or by e-mailing ldundon@aga.org. AGA will feature member companies on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as future blog posts throughout April.

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Tracy Burleson 2014 New American Home Showcases Emerging Energy Efficiency Technology

The abundance and affordability of natural gas provides many new opportunities to expand its use throughout different sectors of the economy, including increased numbers of uses in the residential sector. The use of natural gas appliances in the home can not only help improve total energy efficiency, but can also help lower your energy bills and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

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Visitors to the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV next week will have the opportunity to experience these emerging energy-efficient technologies and products first-hand inside the 2014 New American Home. The stunning, 7,400-square-foot home integrates an array of natural gas appliances and features, including a compressed natural gas (CNG) home fueling station supplied by Southwest Gas, which delivers a convenient, on-site way to refuel CNG vehicles using the home’s existing natural gas supply line.The efficiency created by using natural gas is just one of the many ways this home reduces its carbon footprint.

The New American Home was constructed to the highest level of the National Green Building Standard by custom builder Element Building Company with state-of the-art technology, including a solar water heater, photovoltaic panels, closed-cell spray-foam insulation and a weather-sensitive irrigation system that automatically adjusts usage relative to the immediate climate. The house, dubbed the greenest New American Home in the program’s 31-year-history, also features tankless water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces and sustainable building materials.

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Natural gas plays an important role in increasing household energy efficiency while also being extremely cost effective. Appliances using this fuel help consumers save money and increase comfort while improving the environment. According the American Gas Foundation’s new study “Fueling the Future with Nature Gas: Bringing it Home,” households with natural gas heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $654 less annually than households using electricity for the same appliances.

The American Gas Association (AGA) is proud to once again partner with utility member Southwest Gas to deliver clean and efficient natural gas to the New American Home. Utility member Questar will be providing a CNG pickup outside the home, specifically a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4WD Crew Cab 153.7.

This dynamic home will be open for free daily tours from February 4-6 via free shuttle buses (ticket required) departing every half hour from the Las Vegas Convention Center. For a sneak peak of the New American Home, watch this video below:

Reminder: AGA will also be participating in IBS on February 4-6. Stop by booth C2615 to meet with leading manufactures and learn about the latest industry innovations and technology. You can also follow AGA’s livetweet on Twitter using @AGA_naturalgas and #IBSVegas.

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Tracy Burleson Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas

NAHB IBS 2013 logo Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las VegasThe National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS) is America’s largest annual residential housing construction trade event for home construction products and services. This year, in addition to IBS,  attendees will have access to a second big tradeshow for design and construction professionals.

For the first time, IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show will co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. The two events will remain separate with distinct shows being held simultaneously, February 4 – 6, 2014. An estimated 75,000 home builders, remodelers, architects, developers, building material dealers and distributors will attend from across the country to learn about new products, new technologies and new marketing ideas.

009 300x224 Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las VegasPartnering with natural gas utilities and gas appliance manufacturers, the American Gas Association (AGA) will have more than 2,500-square-feet of display space featuring the latest technologies in the gas industry. With less than a month from the start of the show, be sure to make plans now to join us at this exciting event. AGA will also be livetweeting from the show from @aga_naturalgas. Join the conversation or follow along using hashtag #IBSVegas on Twitter. For more information, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

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