Natural Gas vs. Propane: What’s Best for Your Home?

What’s the difference between natural gas and propane? Does it matter which I choose? We hear these questions a lot at Walton Gas. Read on as Jeff Paul, one of our residential energy advisors, answers consumers’ frequently asked questions about natural gas versus propane for your home.

Are natural gas and propane the same thing?

Though both are fossil fuels, they are chemically different. Natural gas is extracted from he ground. It consists primarily of methane and sometimes includes small quantities of propane, butane and other gases, usually prior to refining. Natural gas is transported to homes and buildings by underground utility pipelines, and remains in a gaseous state from its production all the way to the stovetop or furnace. Propane is extracted from crude oil and petroleum gas during their refinement processes. It is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is almost always sold in tanks of various sizes.

I currently use propane. What are the advantages of changing to natural gas?

Propane prices can rise quickly when supplies get tight in winter. Propane requires you to have a storage tank on your property, and you have to pay your supplier every time it's filled. With natural gas, you don’t need a storage tank. It is delivered to your home through underground pipes as you need it. You pay for natural gas only after you use it.

Which costs less?

Propane is processed from natural gas, and this processing factor contributes to its higher cost compared to natural gas. With the competitive rates offered by Walton Gas, natural gas provides the most for your energy dollar month after month. Take a look at Our Prices and compare them to the energy source you’re using now. Plus, Walton Gas allows you to lock in a great low rate, so you are never surprised by your energy bills.

Which energy fuel offers the greatest convenience?

In our area, many homes are constructed with natural gas pipes already installed. All you need to do is turn on your service to always have a steady supply. Since propane comes in tanks that have to be refilled periodically, you’re always at risk of running out — just when company is coming for dinner or it’s cold outside.

Will natural gas or propane add to my home’s resale value?

Real estate professionals tell us that natural gas is an added amenity homebuyers appreciate. These days, natural gas cooktops are especially in high demand thanks to the popularity of TV cooking shows.

How do I choose the best natural gas appliances for my home?

At Walton Gas, we want you to get the most out of your residential natural gas service. A big part of that is choosing the best appliances for your home. Fortunately, most natural gas appliances are low-maintenance and have excellent energy efficiency. Before heading out to the stores to shop, visit the ENERGY STAR website run by the EPA to learn how to choose energy-efficient products. When you buy natural gas appliances with an ENERGY STAR rating, you are getting highly energy-efficient products that can help to lower your monthly operating costs without a compromise in performance.

How can I save money when buying new natural gas appliances?

If you’re making the switch from propane to natural gas, Walton gas (through Atlanta Gas Light) currently offers rebates on select appliances. Don’t miss this: Through Dec. 31, 2017, Rinnai is offering 0% interest free financing on its tankless water heaters.

Is it difficult to convert from propane to natural gas?

Switching your propane furnace, boiler, water heater, range or dryer to natural gas is easy. You may not have to buy new appliances. A qualified contractor can adjust your propane appliances to run on natural gas. Locate a qualified natural gas contractor or call us toll-free at 866.WEM.CGAS (866.936.2427).

3 Ways to Prevent a Gas Leak

Gas leaks are frightening and dangerous, knowing how to prevent one is imperative. First off these are just a few examples of how to prevent a gas leak. If you smell gas which has a “rotten egg” odor, hear a hissing or blowing sound, have dead or discolored vegetation in otherwise green areas, leave the area immediately. As you leave avoid anything that may cause a spark such as lighters matches, cigarettes, flashlights, light switches, and telephones. Wait until you are a safe distance away and then contact your local gas provider and 911 emergency responders. Do not go and find the leak yourself!

Gas Leak Prevention


Have monthly inspections from your local natural gas provider on your gas lines and monitors. This will help ensure safety and give you peace of mind.

Natural Gas Flame

Check the pilot lights and burners and if they have a steady blue flame that is an indication they are operating correctly.


Make sure to keep all areas around appliances and equipment clean and unblocked, to allow the proper air flow.  

Protect your family from gas leaks, because this is a preventable situation. Again, if you smell gas, hear a hissing sound, and have dead or discolored vegetation leave the area immediately and call 911 and your current provider. 

What is an Annual DDDC Recalculation?

Ever have a charge on your gas bill but don’t know what it means? The Annual DDDC recalculation that went into effect September 1 might be a bit confusing and Walton Gas would like to help you gain clarity on the subject. Below we have outlined what an Annual DDDC recalculation really is.  

The Dedicated Design Day Capacity Charge (DDDC) is a portion of your natural gas bill that covers the common costs of delivering gas based upon a customer’s demand on the system on the coldest day of the year. This method is a straightforward way to allocate each customer’s share of the total cost of the delivery system. The Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGL) recalculates DDDC for every customer which includes both consumer and commercial accounts to ensure the data represents the most recent usage patterns. A DDDC recalculation is required each year and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission in order to update summer and winter usage patterns for each customer for the most recent year.

The DDDC recalculation is not a rate change, the Atlanta Gas Light is simply charging marketers for the capacity that their customers use. What is capacity? Capacity is the space occupied by the natural gas they use. By doing an annual recalculation of each customer’s DDDC, Atlanta Gas Light can make sure all customers are fairly charged for how much of the system is reserved for their needs.

If you have any questions on your next natural gas bill, check out our Contact Information.

Benefits of a Gas Grill

People weigh the pros and cons and scrutinize different types of grills before they make a choice as to what is right for them. We can’t tell you which grill is right for you, but we can tell you the benefits of a gas grill, and you can decide if that fits with your life. So check out below what you get with a gas grill!

What do you need to know about gas grills?

A gas grill is powered by natural gas, so it is connected to valve regulators in your house. These regulators determine how much gas goes through the valve and to the burners. To start the grill, you use a push-button or rotating knob, and you can control the temperature of the grill through the knob.

What are the benefits of a gas grill?

Convenience with Fuel

With a natural gas grill, you are hooked up to your power source because it is your gas line. This means you will never run out of fuel (unless you forget to pay your gas bill).

Price of Fuel

A natural gas grill is different from other grilling options because you don’t have to go out and buy fuel separately. Your fuel simply comes from your natural gas line, which can make it a more cost effective option.

Ease of use

You don’t have to worry about a lot of effort when you are lighting a gas grill; you simply turn a knob and press a button. A gas grill is easy to light and easy to control the temperature because with just the turn of a knob you get exactly the temperature you need. A gas grill is also really easy to clean because there are no leftover ashes.

There are a lot of options for a grill, so weigh the pros and cons before you jump into a purchase. However, a natural gas grill is always an option, and it may just be the right option for you!

Trying to Fuel Your Business?

Running a business can be stressful. You don’t want to have to worry about whether or not you have a reliable natural gas partner. Walton Gas can give you peace of mind and confidence allowing you to focus on what you do best.

At Walton Gas, we provide reliable services, competitive pricing, and outstanding customer support. We offer convenient bill paying options like online billing and bank draft to simplify paying your bill. Our bills are easy to understand, and we don’t play games with hidden charges or fees.

As long as you are on the Atlanta Gas Light pipeline, we can meet your needs. Interested in inquiring about fueling your business? Check out the contact information below, and give one of our friendly reps a call.

Small Commercial Inquires

If you are currently using another provider and your business uses less than 40,000 annual therms, please contact:

Jenny Serda at 404.333.2081
Philip Peters at 770.500.5256

Large Commercial Inquires

We may have special rates for businesses that use more than 40,000 therms per year. For assistance with commercial or industrial gas service, please contact:

Jenny Serda  at  404.333.2081
Scott Walker  at  678.639.3222

Let us know how we can help you and power your business to succeed. Contact Walton Gas to learn more about your energy options!

Kickin’ it for Charity

At Walton Gas, we have a true passion for giving back. You could say… we get a kick out of it. Each football season we partner with the University of Georgia and go Kickin’ it for Charity. Walton Gas donates $500 for every field goal made by the University of Georgia, and at the end of the season we will total up how much will be donated. Then we’ll let you decide how much is allocated to one of these three fantastic charities: Camp Twin Lakes, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and The Salvation Army. The campaign has already kicked off, so continue cheering on the Bulldogs, and kick it for charity! We have outlined what the charities provide to the community.

Camp Twin Lakes

Camp Twin Lakes gives children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges the ability to enjoy camp. It gives young campers obstacles to overcome to promote confidence-building while giving positive life-changing experiences. This non-profit organization is fully equipped with medial support and capabilities to meet the specific needs of each child. Camp Twin Lakes gives all children the opportunity to be kid.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Health Care of Atlanta cares for over half a million children and teens every year. Children’s Health Care of Atlanta is the largest pediatric provider in Georgia and one of the largest in the country. They are a family centered care, giving its patients the best possible care and access. With a network of over 2,000 pediatric physicians with extensive knowledge and experience in over 60 pediatric specialties, 3 hospitals with 622 licensed beds, 27 neighborhood locations, including 7 urgent care centers provides access to quality healthcare for family and children in need!

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is one of the most recognized and respected charitable organizations in the country providing basic needs for those who need it most. This covers feeding hungry families and children. Over 48.8 million people go hungry or face the threat of hunger every day in the United States. The Salvation Army meets that need by serving more than 56 million meals through their soup kitchens, sit-down meal programs, food pantries, mobile meals and community gardens. They also provide housing for the homeless, hunger relief services, and so much more. Help them continue their mission.

Currently our stats are

The Salvation Army 28.57%
Camp Twin Lakes 47%
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation 24.42%

Help us cheer on the Bulldogs and vote today!  To cast your vote Click Here.

What is Natural Gas Used For?

You probably know that natural gas is a source of energy, and you might know that one fourth of all energy consumption in the United States is natural gas. However, you may wonder, other than heating homes, what is natural gas used for?

Natural gas has many different uses other than merely heating a home. Some of these include cooking, drying clothes, cooling a home or building, and even fueling cars.


Cooking with natural gas gives you the advantage of precise control of heating your food with burners that can immediately be adjusted. Gas stoves are energy efficient, giving you a cost effective option.

Drying Clothes

Natural gas dryers are always an appliance option if your current dryer is in need of an upgrade. Reducing the amount of shrinkage and static cling you never have to worry about your clothing. There is no need to worry about emissions because natural gas dryers are eco-friendly.

Cooling Your Home

You think of natural gas when you think of heating your home, but cooling it? It’s true! Natural gas can be used to cool your home. There are gas-powered air conditioning units! You can cool your home with efficiency while being environmentally friendly.

Fueling Your Car

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has been explored as an alternative to gasoline for fueling our vehicles. Many commercial fleets have already made the switch to CNG to fuel their vehicles. CNG is an option over gasoline which is better for our wallets and the environment, so be on the lookout for this option!

Those are some of the main uses of natural gas. This is a source of energy that people use more than you think! If you have any questions about natural gas, you can always Contact Us!

3 Ways to Help with Disaster Relief

At Walton Gas we encourage our employees to give back, and as a company we’re actively involved in supporting causes that help people struggling to recover from sudden disasters. We are a community and we help one another. Here are a few ways you can help out with disaster relief.

Red Cross

American Red Cross

When disaster strikes, the Red Cross stands ready to immediately mobilize and respond. They’ve been on the frontlines of disaster relief since 1881, and few organizations do it better than they do. After Irma, the Red Cross is in desperate need of volunteers. By helping out the Red Cross you are helping thousands who have been affected. Come and make a difference today.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army helps and serves hundreds of thousands of people every year, providing necessities to those who need it most. They offer hot meals to the starving, housing to the homeless, emergency financial relief, and so much more. To accomplish this mission, the Salvation Army relies on volunteers like you. Just last year the Salvation Army was able to reach 1.75 million people because of those who volunteered! The Shield of the Salvation Army is one of the most recognized symbols of charity in the world. It gives hope, reassurance and comfort to people during their darkest times. And it starts with people like you. Click here to volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity: Repair with Kindness

The Repair with Kindness program helps qualified homeowners make repairs that are critical to their health and safety, including improved weatherization efforts to better withstand the power of Mother Nature. Repairs include: accessibility improvements, carpentry, roof repair or replacement, storm windows and doors. To learn more about the Repair with Kindness Program click here.

Irma has affected the lives of many of our families, friends, and neighbors. Here at Walton Gas, we want you to know we support you and we, along with our partners at these great charitable organizations, are here for you. If you can afford to offer either your time or financial support to any or all of these ongoing causes, we encourage you to join our support. We’re all Georgia Proud, and there is no storm we cannot overcome together.  

Call Before You Dig

Spring is around the corner so you probably have an outdoor project planned. Maybe you are planting a tree, adding onto your deck or even putting in that new fence.

BUT, before you start digging away on your land, you need to remember to call before you dig.

Georgia state law requires that you call 811 to have your utility lines professionally marked before you do any digging on your property. This is a statewide, toll-free number and your underground utilities will be marked free of charge. When you call the Utilities Protection Center at 811 or 1-800-282-7411, all you have to do is ask for an underground locator service.

This is not a step to be overlooked in your project because if you just start digging without this knowledge, you could run into gas lines, electric lines or even water pipes, which could have some serious consequences.

Call or visit if you have any additional questions or concerns about digging on your property. As long as you call before you dig, you should be safe to start on your outdoor spring projects. Happy spring digging! 

4 Myths About Natural Gas

There is a lot of information that floats around about the sources of energy we use on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some of that information is incorrect. There are some common myths associated with natural gas, so we wanted to clear those up for you right here.

Check out common myths about natural gas below:

  1. Natural gas is dangerous – This isn’t exactly true. Yes, natural gas will ignite, but only when there is a high enough concentration of natural gas AND there is an ignition source.
  2. Natural gas is bad for the environment – Natural gas is actually is the cleanest burning of all the fossil fuels.
  3. Natural gas will be gone soon – In recent years, we have uncovered even more natural gas within the United States borders. We have plenty of access to this resource domestically, and it is not something we are running out of soon.
  4. Natural gas is toxic – This is not true. Natural gas is non-toxic or non-poisonous. You don’t want natural gas to displace the air in a small space, but exposure to low levels of natural gas is not harmful to your health.

There is a lot of debate on what exactly is the best source of energy for us to use, and there probably always will be debate on that subject. However, we know that natural gas is a good resource because it is safe, clean burning, reliable, efficient and so much more. If you have questions about natural gas, come talk to us.