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Climate Change

What's a wise energy source? One that's abundant, efficient, easy to conserve and has less environmental impact. Natural gas offers all these desirable features.

Conserving energy is simple, and starts right where you live. By choosing high-efficiency natural gas appliances instead of electric ones, you automatically conserve energy in your home and in your community. And you reduce your "carbon footprint" (a term that describes how much you contribute to global warming).

That's because today, in Arkansas and the surrounding states, electric utilities burn large amounts of coal and natural gas to make electricity. These methods of electric generation are only 30% to 50% efficient meaning that 50% to 70% of the original energy is wasted. In addition, these methods for generating electricity emit greenhouse gases that, when combined with other sources, accelerate global warming.

By contrast, direct use of natural gas is 90 percent efficient. That means taking advantage of the power of natural gas directly by using natural gas appliances to heat your home, cook your meals, heat your water or dry your clothes. Direct use lets each of us rely a lot less on electric energy and lets us use energy in the least polluting way possible.

That's exciting. And it's a smart way to conserve an important resource and help preserve our natural environment.

Better for the Planet

Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel. Gas is inherently efficient and found throughout the United States providing clean energy for a wide-range of direct uses in homes, schools, businesses and for electric generation.

When burned, natural gas produces about 45 percent less carbon dioxide than coal, about 30 percent less than oil, and about 15 percent less than wood. In fact, natural gas is extremely efficient when it combusts, producing heat, water vapor and carbon dioxide. Natural gas produces almost no carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, dissolved solids or airborne particulates, all of which can be harmful to human and animal health.

When it comes to energy, people and communities worldwide are eager to transition to smarter, better energy choices. Natural gas is a key part of that transition and can help ease the way. And each of us can make a difference by choosing natural gas appliances.

Here's why. Utilizing natural gas appliances automatically lowers your reliance on electric utilities that burn coal or natural gas to make that electricity. By doing so, you'll personally help lower carbon emissions, smog and acid rain. You'll also create fewer greenhouse gases, doing your part to slow or reduce the effects of global climate change.

Bottom line? Choosing natural gas and high-efficiency gas appliances for your home or business is something you can feel good about today and tomorrow.

Electric generation and carbon emissions

Most methods used to generate electricity emit carbon dioxide. Nearly 50 percent of Arkansas electricity is generated from burning coal, while less than 4 percent of the state’s electricity comes from renewable resources like wind, solar and biomass. The chart below shows what sources Arkansas can rely on for electrical generation.

How much carbon you save by choosing gas over electric appliances depends on which utility provides your electricity. That’s because each electric utility has a unique generation mix. Using statewide information provided by the Energy Information Administration, we calculated that by using a full suite of natural gas appliances, Arkansas can reduce home carbon emissions by 38%. This is because burning natural gas or coal in a central generating plant is always far less efficient than using gas directly in high-efficiency equipment in your home. The chart below details how you can reduce CO2 emissions with the direct use of natural gas for heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying.

Our Sustainable Approach

Promoting Conservation

As a supplier of natural gas and gas services, SourceGas is a leading utility in environmental stewardship. In fact, our business is built around conservation.

We do not mark up the price of natural gas that we purchase. Our customers get their gas "at cost," paying the same amount as we do. We derive a profit from the services involved in bringing gas to homes and businesses, not from the volume of gas we deliver. So, we have a built-in corporate incentive to help customers in three major, environmentally beneficial ways:
  • To help customers choose clean natural gas over more polluting options
  • To help customers conserve gas at home by consuming it more efficiently with state-of-the-art gas appliances and by implementing home energy efficiency improvements
  • To help customers conserve gas as a domestic energy resource
We promote conservation by partnering with the Arkansas Energy Office to educate consumers about how to save energy and money. We also provide tools that help customers minimize energy use and improve home energy efficiency through weatherization. In fact, we led the way in implementing a regional pilot weatherization program. We will soon be implementing new energy efficiency programs as a result of Arkansas Public Service Commission Energy Efficiency Rules. We've also teamed up with heating and water heating equipment vendors and contractors to promote high-efficiency equipment. Combined, these exciting efforts are letting SourceGas and our customers make major progress in conservation and environmental protection.