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Benefits to Consumers in Pennsylvania: Residential, Commercial and Industrial

Consumers in Pennsylvania use natural gas for heating, cooking, electric power, industrial use and more. The extraction of huge quantities of natural gas from shale formations in recent years has driven the price of gas down significantly in the state. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission estimates that the average Pennsylvania family is saving $1,200 annually on their home heating bills due to lower gas prices, which has also resulted in fewer utility shutoffs among needy families.

Natural gas has been safely used to heat homes and commercial buildings for decades, thanks to a robust system of pipelines, storage fields, compressors and processing facilities that deliver the fuel to end-users. Approximately 51% of homes in Pennsylvania rely on natural gas heat. Natural gas accounts for about 32% of energy consumed in commercial buildings.