The Truth Behind Natural Gas Myths

We've put some claims to the test. Here's what we've found out.

Debunking Common Myths About Natural Gas

Myth #1: Converting to Natural Gas is inexpensive.
Not true. In addition to the cost of a new boiler or furnace, converting to natural gas requires that you hire your own contractor, and pay additional fees for installation, a chimney liner, ductwork, and possibly landscaping. In fact, Money Magazine says “the cost of converting would probably be higher than the savings you’d get.” Instead, invest in conservation. This is truly the best way to lower your heating costs.
Myth #2: Natural Gas has a long-term price advantage.
Not true. For 17 out of the last 20 years heating oil has been less expensive than natural gas. In addition, Natural gas and oilheat prices are affected by the same variables -- weather and supply and demand -- and track each other closely.

Finally, once the US begins exporting to other countries around the world, it is likely that price will rise.

Myth #3: Natural Gas is “clean energy”.
Not true. Natural gas is 95 percent methane, which is up to 72 times more powerful than carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. The two million miles of natural gas pipelines in the U.S. have been fraught with ongoing leaks that spew raw methane into the environment. In fact, the natural gas industry is directly responsible for 18 percent of all methane emissions worldwide.
Myth #4: Natural Gas is safe.
Not always. Natural gas is explosive. If a leak develops inside a home or nearby, a massive explosion can result. Between 1999 and 2008, an average of 44 gas pipeline incidents per year caused at least one death or hospitalization, according to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Additionally, natural gas systems can emit dangerous levels of toxic carbon monoxide without any visible warning signs. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that between 1999 and 2005 there were 187 fatalities in the United States directly related to natural gas heating.
Myth #5: Natural Gas is more reliable.
Not true. Thousands of homes are cut off from natural gas every year when there are problem with the pipelines. Delivered fuels, from reliable energy partners, are never cut off. In fact, the heating oil infrastructure has never left homes without fuel. Furthermore, residents can always rely on timely deliveries from family-owned energy companies like Federal Energy. And, if there is ever a problem with your heating equipment, you can rest assured knowing Federal Energy, and others like us, will be there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Can you say the same of the utility companies? We think not.