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How Natural Gas Gets To Your House

Just like electricity, natural gas has to travel a long way to get to your home.

The gas that heats your home or cooks your food might have come from thousands of miles away.

Here's how natural gas gets to your house

Natural gas companies drill thousands of feet into the earth and use big wells and pumps to bring it to the surface.

Then they send the gas to your town through gas mains buried underground. Utility companies bring it to your house in smaller pipes.

Those pipes connect to the meter outside your house, which measures how much natural gas your family uses.

More pipes connect the meter to the gas appliances you use at home, like the furnace, water heater, clothes dryer or stove.



Want to learn more?

If you'd like to learn more about natural gas, check out Energy Kids

Links for teachers and parents:

• American Gas Association: How Does the Natural Gas Delivery System Work?
• NaturalGas.org: From Wellhead to Burner Tip
• U.S. Department of Energy: What is shale gas and why is it important?