What Are The Pros & Cons Of Using Natural Gas?

Written on: January 28, 2015

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Natural gas production has been rising since the economic crisis of 2008 with a compound annual growth rate of 2.6%. And in 2017, global natural gas production hit a record of 3.768 billion cubic meters. According to the Energy Information Administration, that production translates into more than 35% of Americans using natural gas as a source of fuel in their homes.

With the growing use of natural gas in the United States, what do you need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of this fossil fuel?

What is Natural Gas?

Natural gas is one of the three biggest fossil energy sources in the world today. The fuel develops deep beneath the earth’s surface from organic matter aged over millions of years. The largest component of natural gas is methane, though there are also traces of hydrocarbon gases and hydrocarbon gas liquids.

Cons of Natural Gas

Though there are benefits of natural gas, the drawbacks are considerable. Specifically when it comes to extracting, transporting, and maintaining infrastructure for the fuel.

Pros of Natural Gas

Now that we’ve gotten the drawbacks accounted for, let’s explore why a homeowner would consider natural gas.

Managing Natural Gas Properly

Natural gas provides access to a cleaner fossil fuel that is equally effective to other energy sources available. While there are certain hazards which we must account for when using this resource, if carefully managed, natural gas is one of the most viable and clean energy sources on earth.

And, there are things all homeowners can do to mitigate risk:

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