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How gas is used

Natural gas accounts for about one-fourth of all energy used in the United States. Natural gas is used for heating buildings, heating water, cooking, drying clothes, lighting and industrial purposes. Some household appliances that use natural gas include:

  • Furnaces
  • Pool and spa heaters
  • Clothes dryers
  • Outdoor lights
  • Barbecues
  • Water heaters
  • Stoves/ranges
  • Fireplace logs
  • Patio heaters and fire pits

Do you have any of these appliances in your home? If so, do they run on natural gas? (For clues on how to recognize a natural gas appliance, take the Appliance Survey.)