As the East Coast cools down—from North Carolina to Massachusetts—it’s time to make sure your building or office space is ready and able to withstand the cold months ahead.

Natural gas, heating oil, and propane are three different ways business owners and property managers throughout the East Coast heat their office spaces. Of the three heating fuels, natural gas burns the cleanest, is most affordable, and keeps businesses comfortable and consistently warm.

Let’s break it down further for you to compare natural gas to oil and propane as a heating choice for your company or organization.

Cost and Comfort Benefits of Natural Gas

Selecting natural gas to heat your business property not only has financial benefits but will also contribute toward a cozier work environment with a consistent, precise temperature all winter long.

Natural Gas Prices

As a result of an increased domestic production of natural gas during the last few years—especially in Pennsylvania where UGI EnergyLink is located—natural gas continues to win the oil vs. natural gas cost debate (read more about that here). In comparison,

Natural Gas Comfort

In addition to the financial incentives of having natural gas for your property, it will also help with how your building feels. 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 employees less warmth this winter?

This heat will also be far more evenly distributed throughout your office space and you won’t run the risk of running out of fuel since the underground pipelines connect straight to your company’s building. Your workday won’t be interrupted because of loss of heat if there’s a harsh winter storm.

Natural Gas Cleanliness

Natural gas is the cleanest source of fossil energy and the smartest way to heat your business if you are concerned about the environment. Natural gas emits virtually no sulfur dioxide, and less nitrogen oxide, than other heating sources. That means less acid-rain falls throughout the States and other more long-term benefits that will help with sustainability and the environment.

Natural Gas v. Oil for Businesses

Choosing natural gas over oil would be a wise decision because natural gas is abundantly and domestically produced—the East Coast has been producing a record amount of natural gas supply to meet the demand for the 2013-2014 heating season. In contrast, the U.S. must import a significant amount of oil from political and economically unstable regions where already high oil prices are only continuing to rise. Supporting a smarter heating choice, recent discoveries and development of domestic shale natural gas have caused natural gas prices to be more affordable than that of oil. The reality is that global oil is more than five times as expensive as domestic natural gas.

Natural gas from UGI EnergyLink is affordable for all types of industries, as seen by our many pricing options—including fixed-price and monthly-price rates. This means you have control over the pricing option you will pay for your business’s natural gas each month. No more scrambling to make more sales just to pay off your oil heating costs. UGI EnergyLink provides simple, predictable, and competitive market pricing for natural gas.

Natural Gas v. Propane for Businesses

If the choice in front of you is natural gas or propane, natural gas is, again, the better option. Propane is actually processed from natural gas, and this processing leads to a higher price when compared to natural gas.

Also, propane prices often spike unexpectedly and disproportionately compared to the regular fluctuations of supply and demand. This is largely because of the logistical difficulty of obtaining resupply during the upcoming peak heating season, according to the EIA. If your business currently uses propane for heating, converting to natural gas offers an excellent opportunity to reduce your annual energy costs—giving you a choice and making the process more predictable.

Choose UGI EnergyLink’s Commercial Natural Gas Service

Natural gas is cleaner than the other heating sources, and is more affordable as well. This means you could spend less money on your monthly energy bills and put more money toward your bottom line. If you have a choice between natural gas or oil, or natural gas or propane, commercial natural gas wins every time.

As one of the largest and most well-reputed natural gas suppliers serving nine Eastern states and Washington, DC, UGI EnergyLink can take advantage of market opportunities unavailable to tightly regulated utility companies.

To have peace of mind for your company’s monthly utility bill, all you have to do is fill out a simple enrollment form—some basic information, just your contact information, utility account number, and utility name, is all it takes to switch to our natural gas service! If you’d like to speak to specialist on what’s the best pricing option for your business, call us at 1-800-797-0712800-797-0712—we’d love to help your company with its natural gas heating needs!

UGI EnergyLink has years of experience providing natural gas to commercial companies in the following states:

  • Delaware (DE)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • Ohio (OH)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Virginia (VA)
  • Washington, DC