Natural gas has often been called the environmentally friendly fuel. As the environment weighs more heavily into the decisions consumers make, CenterPoint Energy encourages builders and trade allies to help customers "go green" by offering natural gas appliance options -- the best choice for the environment.
Natural gas burns cleaner than electricity and other fuels
Compared to electricity, burning natural gas releases:
- Less carbon dioxide (a major greenhouse gas)
- Less sulfur dioxide (a major cause of acid rain and haze)
- Less nitrogen oxides (the primary cause of smog)
- Zero mercury emissions (makes some fish unsafe to eat)
Natural gas water heating
Water heating is one of the largest fuel users in the home. When builders, mechanical contractors and customers choose a natural gas water heater rather than an electric model, the environmental benefits can be significant.
Electric water heaters rely on the generation of electricity at a power plant, which may be burning coal, oil, lignite or other fossil fuels. These fuels do not burn as cleanly as natural gas and are a major source of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions – the major contributor to global warming.
Download a PDF of our fact sheet on the three main benefits of choosing a natural gas water heater.