Natural gas powers fall

Daylight is shorter, and there’s a chill in the air. Fall began Sept. 22, but the signs of its arrival have been subtle. There are many things associated with fall: leaves changing color, warm sweaters, comforting food and drink — and abundant, affordable natural gas.

You read that last one right. Fall wouldn’t be the same without natural gas. Here are five fall favorites we can thank natural gas for providing.

Home heating

The chill of fall air is wonderful but our homes sometimes need a little warming up, so we turn on the heat. There’s a good chance your home is heated by natural gas. Natural gas powers nearly one-third of the nation’s electrical generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and around half the homes in America are heated with natural gas.

Unspilled pumpkin spice latte

A pumpkin spice latte is an autumn cornerstone. Without coffee shops promoting the availability of pumpkin spice lattes, we might never know when fall begins — and you can thank natural gas for being able to enjoy this fall beverage on the go. Plastic lids used on most disposable coffee cups and the lining of many paper cups are made with natural gas byproducts.

Boots

Fall boots crunching across crinkling leaves are an autumn staple. Natural gas makes this auditory experience possible, because the rubber soles are made from natural gas byproducts.

Fertilizer

The ubiquitous flavor of pumpkin is present in many fall foods, whether it’s pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin soup or roasted pumpkin seeds. The fertilizer used for growing pumpkins is most likely a nitrogen-based product made from ammonia, which is manufactured from natural gas.

Footballs

Fall weekends belong to football, but the game wouldn’t be the same without natural gas. The ball features an interior bladder, which is made from a synthetic material derived from natural gas, that allows it to be inflated.

Enjoying fall, and natural gas, will be easier than ever when the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is complete. Keep checking back for the latest on the project!