Natural Gas: A Valid Alternative Energy Choice?

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The rising costs of living definitely has an impact on our everyday lives. You have to budget everything, from the food you eat to the utility bills that you have to pay for every month. It’s no longer strange that most people today are looking for alternate energy sources in order to save a few dollars from their electric bills. Compared with most types of alternative energy sources, natural gas seems the best solution so far for a household that is looking for clean, efficient energy for their home.

So why natural gas?

Contrary to popular belief, natural gas is not associated with bio gas or with any other type of fossil fuel such as petroleum and diesel. Natural gas is cleaner, safer and is environment friendly. It comes from underground natural rock formations but is purified by undergoing a process where the gas is cleaned and the impurities removed before it can be used for commercial uses. The result is an odorless and colorless gas while in its purest form. This is one reason why a lot of house owners are looking for companies that offer natural gas because natural gas does not give off harmful gasses in the air and it offers a great deal of energy.

The Many Uses of Natural Gas

Natural gas is used for many purposes nowadays. For transportation, there are vehicles that use natural gas instead of diesel or petroleum. In some countries, taxi cabs are now using natural gas in order to promote clean air. Some governments are even pushing into creating ordinances that order private vehicle owners to convert their engines into natural gas instead of petroleum.

How does this affect residential home owners? Today, there are lots of companies that offer natural gas as an alternate source of energy. Natural gas is abundant in North America but that doesn’t mean that we can just use it as we see fit. Contrary to popular belief, natural gas is not a renewable source of energy. Natural gas is normally used for heating and cooking purposes, for Jacuzzi heaters, barbecues, fireplaces, outdoor lights and pool systems.

Choosing the Right Natural Gas Provider

While there are a lot of energy retail companies that offer natural gas as one of their services, it is important to check whether the company provide safety measures when installing the equipment to be used for supplying natural gas into your home. Remember that natural gas is highly combustible, so a single error during the installation can prove fatal. Consult with the local authorities before you decide to use natural gas for your household.

Does natural gas contribute to pollution?

While natural gas is fossil fuel, it has lower amounts of nitrous oxides and sulphur dioxide. These chemicals are the ones responsible for creating the hole within the ozone layer. In retrospect, the government have already discussed the dangers of using energy that burns too much carbon monoxide into the atmosphere, which is why people are now looking into alternate sources of energy.

Article by Jessica Greenberg, an experienced blogger/alternate energy researcher from San Diego, California. She spends most of her time writing and surfing the Internet for forums and discussions about alternate energy, natural gas, and how to stop global warming. If not busy on the Internet, she spends her time going out with her friends or going to the beach for a swim.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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