Each year on the 4th of July, Americans across the country gather with family and friends to commemorate the Declaration of Independence and the subsequent birth of our nation, and our celebratory traditions stretch as far back as the Declaration itself. Despite putting our celebrations on hold last year, we have been hosting cookouts, marching in parades and closing out our nights with stunning fireworks displays since the very first Independence Day in 1777.
As we wrap up this year’s holiday festivities, it’s important to step back and reflect on the values upon which the country was founded. In particular, the first Americans worked tirelessly to secure independence from foreign governments. Our nation’s abundant domestic supply of natural gas ensures energy independence; with 97% of the nation’s natural gas produced in North America, keeping our energy future secure and ensuring that you can energize your home reliably, free from external threats.
The founders also relentlessly pursued personal freedom for all citizens, giving us the ability to make our own decisions and build a life that fits our needs and desires — so shouldn’t you have the freedom to choose your home energy source? Currently, more than 85 million American homeowners have opted to enjoy the benefits of reliable, affordable natural gas energy. However, some recent proposals to ban natural gas or implement total electrification would eliminate that option and, as a result, your freedom to choose what works best for you.
Another core value held by the American people is the opportunity for success. No homeowner should have to sacrifice their savings for meaningful opportunities such as a college education, a wedding or a life-changing trip because of costly monthly utility bills. Affordable home energy options like natural gas can save you almost $900 a year as compared to electric homes, helping you and your loved ones save up to pursue your dreams.
Citizens and homeowners across the nation are taking advantage of the many benefits of natural gas. In a recent study, nearly 70% of new homeowners preferred gas for home and water heating as well as cooking, whereas only 25% preferred electricity for the same use. So as the month of July continues, consider how you can exercise your freedom as an American to choose natural gas as your home energy source. After all, you’ll be in good company!