By Emily RiederCBS News”The natural gas refrigerators are not for the faint of heart.
They’re just as warm as they look.”
So said a woman sitting on the porch of her house in a quiet rural community in Pennsylvania.
She wasn’t kidding.
This woman, who gave her name only as “Nancy,” says her home is about the size of two football fields.
She says she’s been saving money for gas-saving appliances since the recession.
She’s saving about $1,200 a month for gas.
“I don’t think we should be living on gas at all,” Nancy said.
She’s been buying the appliances at thrift stores, but she says they’re not good value.
She says she spends an extra $100 to $150 on the appliances every month.
She also says she has to keep her appliances on the stove to keep them from burning.
“They’re a waste of gas,” she said.
Nancy’s household is about 100 square feet, which is about two football field widths.
And, like many homeowners in the area, she’s not a gas-savvy person.
Nate Borenstein, the director of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, says the majority of Americans don’t own gas-powered appliances.
In fact, according to the EIA, fewer than 15 percent of Americans own gas appliances at home.
The average cost of gas in the U, which includes natural gas, oil, and other petroleum products, is $2.19 per thousand cubic feet, according a recent report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Gas is used for heating and cooling in about 80 percent of homes, the EIRC report says.
Nationally, natural gas is the most-used fuel in nearly 90 percent of U.s. homes, according the EIS.
That’s why some economists are worried that Americans could face an energy crisis in coming years.
If gas prices continue to drop, many experts believe gas-fired appliances could become obsolete.
That would mean fewer people would be buying gas-burning appliances, leading to a reduction in demand for them.
In the meantime, gas-efficient appliances are becoming more popular in homes across the country, but they are expensive to buy.
A new survey by the Edison Electric Institute and the Consumer Federation of America found that most gas-furnished appliances cost about $3,000 or more.
And that’s after the initial investment in the appliance.
The report also found that nearly a third of gas-filled appliances in the United States were bought in a store, rather than a home, while a quarter of gas appliances were bought online.
The Energy Information Institute says gas-fueled appliances are saving Americans money.
But the EIE says they can also be harmful to our health and the environment.
The EIA report found that gas- and electricity-powered refrigerators were among the most harmful, with methane emissions of 1.6 million pounds a year, up from 1.1 million pounds in the previous 10 years.
The EIA also found the environmental impacts of the gas-and-electric refrigerators have been linked to air pollution.
In addition to greenhouse gas emissions, the report says the gas and electricity refrigerators contribute to air quality and greenhouse gas release, which are two key factors that contribute to the spread of infectious diseases and premature death.
“It’s very important to understand that refrigerators and gas-injected appliances are not a substitute for other forms of heating and/or cooling, and they are not good choices for people who are not very comfortable with heating and ventilation,” said Paul Bales, director of public policy and advocacy for the Edison EIR.
Gas-powered refrigerator owners, like Nancy, have been getting advice from the energy industry.
The Edison EIS is urging energy companies to switch to more efficient models.
But consumers and environmental groups say that’s not enough.
Some companies say it’s not about the money.
Gas-fired appliance companies are pushing for a ban on gas-based refrigerators.
“If you’re going to buy a gas appliance, don’t be buying one that’s a gas burner, it’s going to be a gas furnace,” said David Lutz, senior vice president of government affairs at American Gas.
Lutz said there are other ways to save money on gas appliances.
“For example, you can buy an appliance that’s just a gas grill or gas-driven water heater, and then you can add in some natural gas,” he said.
Gas is a cheaper fuel than coal, so natural gas can be cheaper than coal in a lot of instances.
But in some instances, such as in the case of the natural gas fridge, Lutz said, natural-gas gas can actually be more expensive than coal.
But Bales said the gas appliances are an important step in the right direction.
“There’s a lot that we don’t know about gas-induced health effects.
That said, gas refrigeration is still