That is a stunning fact, but averages always conceal as much as they reveal. A large number of consumers, about half, spend nothing on natural gas, since they do not use natural gas at their homes or businesses, and a much smaller number of consumers don't drink alcohol.
About 51% of consumers heat their property with natural gas, and those consumers spend more of their income on natural gas than 1%. But even for these consumers today's low gas prices minimize the hit to the pocketbook. Consumers heating with gas typically spend around $1,000 per year or about 2% of a median income families' income before taxes. The same family would have spent close to $2,000 or 4% of their pre-tax income, given the natural gas prices of 2008. Natural gas is certainly a tremendous bargain at this time.