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When it comes to appliances, the direct use of natural gas is the smarter, cleaner and more efficient choice. Direct use refers to natural gas consumed directly in appliances for heating and cooling, water heating, cooking and clothes drying.

The direct use of natural gas in America’s homes and businesses maintains about 92% of its usable energy, and a household with natural gas versus all-electric appliances produces 37% lower greenhouse gas emissions. Converting natural gas or any other fossil fuel into electricity to power comparable electric end-use products and appliances only maintains 32% of usable energy.

Consumers can save on their monthly utility bills with natural gas appliances. As energy systems evolve, the integration of natural gas appliances into a smart energy grid will offer new pathways to increase efficiency.

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 92 percent — more than 65 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. AGA is an advocate for natural gas utility companies and their customers and provides a broad range of programs and services for member natural gas pipelines, marketers, gatherers, international natural gas companies and industry associates. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States’ energy needs.