Here at UGI EnergyLink, one of the largest natural gas service providers in the Keystone State, we’ve gotten very busy over this heating season—we’re a lot busier today than we were at the same time last year! There’s a simple explanation behind this: the price of oil is skyrocketing. Residents throughout Wyomissing, PA (where UGI EnergyLink is located) and surrounding areas are taking a closer look at oil vs. natural gas in terms of cost. Many of them are making a shift toward natural gas services.
Oil vs. Natural Gas Prices
Rapidly rising home heating oil prices are pushing oil-dependent homeowners throughout Pennsylvania to convert to natural gas. Now, not too many homes in the U.S. rely on heating oil anymore. Of the 6.9 million U.S. homes that still do, about one million are located in rural Pennsylvania. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that the average household using oil can expect to pay about $2,500 to heat their homes this heating season, which is a 19 percent increase from just last year. In order to manage such a major price increase, families throughout the Keystone State are lowering their thermostats.
There is a better option available, however. Pennsylvanians can move toward natural gas services. As a result of greater domestic production over recent years, natural gas is winning the oil vs. natural gas debate. Households in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. that use natural gas can expect to pay $1,000 this heating season, according to the EIA—this is about $1,500 less than the heating expense forecasted for homes still using heating oil.
It’s no wonder why we’ve gotten so busy this heating season!
Other Benefits of Natural Gas
In addition to the financial incentive to transition to natural gas services, natural gas offers other benefits as well:
- Natural gas produces heat that is between 25 and 35 degrees warmer than other heating sources, including oil and propane. Why pay more for other heating options that provide you and your family less warmth this winter?
- In comparison to oil or propane heating, natural gas furnaces produce far more evenly distributed heat throughout a home, resulting in a more comfortable living space.
- Since natural gas is delivered to your home via underground pipelines, you’ll never run out of fuel. Underground pipelines eliminate the risk of supply disruptions like the result of a powerful winter storm, for example.
Go with UGI EnergyLink’s Natural Gas Services
In the oil vs. natural gas debate, natural gas comes out on top—it’s a significantly more affordable heating source. Natural gas heating also creates a very comfortable living space, and you’ll never run out of the fuel since it’s delivered via underground pipelines.
UGI EnergyLink is able to take advantage of market opportunities unavailable to tightly regulated utility companies and can offer both fixed and variable rate pricing options on natural gas. You can lock in a fixed low rate now, which is especially beneficial for families that follow a strict budget every month. If you prefer greater flexibility, our variable rate option is an excellent alternative.
Just fill out our simple enrollment form to convert to our natural gas services. Not only will you save money, you’ll enjoy a comfortable living space and peace of mind knowing you’ll never run out of natural gas.