Natural gas is convenient and reliable.
Gas flows to your home or business through a system of underground pipelines. There are no tanks to monitor, no waiting for delivery trucks, no risk of storms interrupting service, no worries about running out of fuel.
Natural gas burns clean.
In a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a high-efficiency natural gas heating system emitted far less pollution and soot, compared to a high-efficiency oil-fired system. So your home—and the air you and your family breathe—stays cleaner.
Natural gas is efficient.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the most efficient natural gas furnace has an efficiency rating of 97 percent, while the most efficient oil furnace has a rating of 89 percent. Natural gas gives you more energy for your dollar, so there's less waste.
Natural gas is safe.
Properly installed and used, all major types of energy are safe. But it's important to note that natural gas produces about half as much carbon monoxide as does oil when burned. And, because it's lighter than air, it dissipates quickly in the unlikely event of a leak.
Hearthstone Utilities Inc., a holding company, distributes and sells natural gas to end-use residential, commercial and industrial customers. It distributes approximately 26 billion cubic feet of natural gas to approximately 70,900 customers through regulated utilities operating in Montana, Ohio, Maine and North Carolina. The Company’s other operations include natural gas production and natural gas marketing. The Company's Montana public utility was originally incorporated in 1909.
Hearthstone Utilities' strategy for growth is to expand throughput, particularly in the Maine and North Carolina markets, while looking for acquisitions that are either adjacent to its existing utilities or in under saturated markets.