Energy for our homes ad businesses comes from a variety of sources. One of the most naтural routes to electricity is natural gas. There are several benefits of using natural gas energy alternatives, and with the peaking prices of electricity, we will be relying more on this source of electricity.
Lower Prices of Natural Gas
One of the immediate perks of using natural gas at home is the lower price than the electricity from other fossil fuels. As seen by Alberta’s historical electricity rates, electricity prices are higher through the winter when the demand for heating is higher. Natural gas can noticeably lower this bill if it heats our home and water during the winter months. On average, the first 15 years of switching to natural gas heating saves more than $5,000 in total.
Because natural gas is not centrally regulated, we are in control over how much we use it and how much we are going to pay at the end of the month. If this isn’t enough, the appliances that do use natural gas tend to work with less electricity than other ones.
Natural Gas is a More Eco-Friendly Alternative
Although natural gas is still a burning fossil fuel, the impact it has on the environment is significantly lower than other energy sources out there. Natural gas has the lowest carbon emission than all of the hydrocarbons and is non-toxic. Based on the research of the Florida Natural Gas Association, a home that runs on natural gas produces 3,000 pounds less carbon dioxide than the regular American home.
When burned, natural gas produces almost no sulfur into the air which is great for the environment and our household’s health.
Natural Gas is not affected by the weather
The weather is something that is not always predictable, and even when it is, we can experience cuts in power during severe weather. A benefit of the home run on gas is that it is constantly supplied with its power source despite the weather. This is because natural gas is supplied to homes through pipelines that are deep beneath the surface. Because of this, the natural gas supply is not affected by heavy storms or bad weather conditions.
Because it is supplied on demand, natural gas allows us to make it even if there is an electricity blackout. During the period when the power may be out, the home will still be warm and have plenty of hot water to wash dishes and bathe.
Countries like Canada that experience long and severe winters often rely on natural gas for heating of their water and homes. Even if power outages occur because of the weather, the heat provided by natural gas for the home can save lives in extremely cold winters.
Better for the economy
More than 97% of the natural gas used in the United States is sourced in America. It is more sustainable and trustworthy to use the resources we have in our land instead of depending on foreign sources. This also means more job openings for American workers. According to FNGA reports, roughly 35,000 jobs are created for a 1% rise in natural gas consumption.
Natural gas is abundant
The energy demands of the modern world are high. With the present consumption of energy, the resource of natural gas is enough to sustain these energy needs for another 200 years.
It has a perspective with future energy sources
The energy demands of the world are requiring new and cleaner energy sources. This includes wind and solar power. These energy sources will require some time before they can consistently supply power.
If we are to have a backup source of power for the times when there are no sun or wind, natural gas is the better alternative than other fossil fuel sources. This is because natural gas power stations can start and stop much faster and easier when there is a demand for backup energy.
Easy to transport
Natural gas can be cooled down to low temperatures which turns it into a liquid. This liquified gas can be easily transported to places that are in demand for energy. Natural gas is also easy to transport through the pipeline network to any location. Homes that are further away from cities can benefit from this far-reaching energy source.
Final Thoughts on Natural Gas
Natural gas is a cleaner source of energy that can be easily transported to homes. It is convenient and is not affected by harsh weather conditions. Our homes can save a lot by switching over to gas for heat and even energy use. Natural gas is a safer energy source for the environment as well. We expect its demand to increase as the world is looking for safer and cleaner energy sources.