Christina Nyquist Heating Your Home with Natural Gas Can Help Save You Money

AGA just released its estimate for how much a customer could potentially save when they choose natural gas appliances over other major fuel types for residential space and water heating needs.

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 estimated the annual costs for natural gas furnaces and water heaters when compared to their propane, oil and electric counterparts.

Bottom line? When you choose a natural gas furnace, water heater or combination of the two, you can save anywhere from $300 to $1,200 per year.

These tables break it down for you by each appliance option. The analysis is based on a 2,072 square-foot house located in St. Louis, MO, and represents a 5,000 Heating Degree Location. For more detailed information on how these numbers were compiled, view AGA’s recent press release.

2013 Space Heating Annual Cost Summary
(Estimated Annual Operating Cost)

Heating Equipment   Type 5000 Heating Degree   Days
97% AFUE Gas Furnace $524
80% AFUE Gas Furnace $689
7.7 HSPF Electric Heat Pump $1,005
97% AFUE Propane Furnace $1,246
87% AFUE Oil Furnace $1,518
80% AFUE Propane Furnace $1,588
80% AFUE Oil Furnace $1,632
Electric Resistance Furnace $1,725

2013 Water Heating Annual Cost Summary
(Estimated Annual Operating Cost from Low to High)

Water Heater Type Annual Cost
50 Gallon Natural Gas (FHR = 74   gallons) $265
50 Gallon Electric (FHR = 67   gallons) $562n

2013 Space Heating with Water Heater Installations
(Estimated Annual Operating Cost from Low to High)

Space   Heating/ Water Heating Type Annual   Cost
Natural   Gas: 97% AFUE Furnace & Water Heater $789
Natural   Gas: 80% AFUE & Water Heater $954
Electric:   Heat Pump & Water Heater $1,567

Every day, America’s local natural gas utilities safely and reliably deliver savings like this to their more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across the country. By providing access to the nation’s most affordable, efficient and clean domestically-produced energy source, AGA’s member companies are helping to realize a secure economic and energy future for our country.

Christina Nyquist

About Christina Nyquist

Christina Nyquist is the Communications Specialist for the American Gas Association. Prior to joining AGA, Christina served as a Writer/Editor and Public Affairs Specialist at the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Christina holds a master’s degree from the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.
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