Fuel Facts: The Differences between Natural Gas and Gas

Consumers sometimes confuse energy types, something that is easy to do. Natural gas and gas are particularly easy to scramble, though they are two entirely different fuels. They have several things in common, though. They are both fossil fuels, and their costs have recently risen. Other than that, they are pretty dissimilar. 

Gasoline or Petrol

Gasoline is a liquid fuel made from crude oil and other petroleum liquids in refineries and blending facilities. The main product that comes from refineries is not finished gas but gasoline blendstocks that must be mixed with other liquids to meet government standards. It remains the primary fuel source for motor vehicles in the United States.

Gasoline is highly flammable and is not an alternative heating source. You cannot use it as a substitute for propane in your tanks or as an indoor heating oil. The fumes are dangerous, and gasoline can explode when misused. 

Natural Gas

Natural gas is found under the crust of the earth, often near petroleum. Natural gas is not just one gas but a combination of them, such as methane, ethane, propane, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Natural gas is mostly methane — around 95%. 

This gas comes to your home via pipelines or compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks. It’s a common and safe way to heat your home and run your appliances. Industry and other commercial endeavors also count on natural gas as a reliable energy source.

Natural gas is still one of the main heating fuels in the US. Over 50 million households use it to heat their homes. Because natural gas, like gasoline, is a non-renewable source, its price can rise and fall according to several factors, including global conflicts, supply chain issues, and increased exportation. 

Natural gas is still the heating fuel choice for many homes in the United States. It is a reliable way to keep your home warm during the cold winter months. Ironically, gasoline is not a gas but a petroleum product primarily used in motor vehicles. Both, however, are a significant part of daily American life. 

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