The ORS represents the public interest regarding the regulation of investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities in South Carolina.
Energy Saving Tips
Electric and Natural Gas
- Residential Electricity: A Consumer's Guide
- Edison Electric Institute
- Energy Information Administration (EIA)
- Saving Energy (PDF)
- Summer Cooling Costs (PDF)
- Winter Heating Costs (PDF)
- Electric and Natural Gas Safety Net Programs (PDF)
- Be Prepared for Power Outages (PDF)
- Consumer Safety Net (PDF)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Trees, Power Lines, and Right-of-Way Maintenance (PDF)
- Portable Generator Safety (PDF)
- Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
Quick Facts about Natural Gas
Did you know ...
- Natural gas is colorless, non-toxic, and has an odorant added.
- The flammable range of natural gas in air is from about 4.5% to 14.5%.
- The natural gas we use contains about 92% methane, which is very similar to gas that is produced from old landfill sites.
- The ignition point of natural gas is 1100 to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is higher than a lighted cigarette but lower than an arc from static electricity.
- Natural gas is lighter than air; therefore, it will rise to the uppermost area possible.
- Natural gas escaping to the atmosphere will dissipate and present no danger if allowed to vent freely.
Useful Links for More Information on Natural Gas
- Palmetto Utility Protection Service
- Federal Office of Pipeline Safety
- National Pipeline Mapping System
- South Carolina incident Data
- American Gas Association
- Southern Gas Association
- The Natural Gas Page
- Midwest Energy Association
- American Petroleum Institute
- National Association of Regulatory Commissions
- National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives
- National Association of State Fire Marshals
- Compendium of State Pipeline Safety Requirements and Initiatives Providing Increased Public Safety Levels- Second Edition
- Natural Gas Regulations (PDF)