Ways to Warm Up for the Winter

NaturalGasAtHomeAs we approach the end of summer, it may be time to consider staying in at home, keeping yourself warm and dining in more. As such, perhaps it is time to consider what gases you may be using in your day to day home life.

Here are some of the most beneficial energy sources we can choose to use this wintertime.

Methane

Methane is a fuel that naturally occurs in the environment. As it is a natural gas it is extracted from rocks and the Earth’s surface. When natural gas is first extracted they contain a variety of different elements, but they are filtered until we have just Methane. This is what is most commonly used to heat people’s homes. Methane is found in most cities and town, which makes it such a great home fuel as it is so readily available for the most part. It is also very cheap and releases 50-60% less Carbon Dioxide compared to other fuel resources, so it is better for both your wallet and the environment. It also is much easier to detect a leak compared to other fuels thanks to its distinctive scent. Hence why it has become one of the more popular fuels used in home in recent years.

Propane

Despite being slightly more expensive than Methane, when it comes to cooking you can’t go wrong with Propane. Thanks to its ability to reach higher heats faster, it is a friend to all the BBQ enthusiasts out there. However, as BBQ becomes less popular in the colder months, you may also consider it for its other good qualities. It is also very effective at refrigeration, more efficient in heating than Methane and more cost efficient than electricity. It would also be preferred choice for those in rural areas who have with limited access to a gas pipeline as it is liquid. You can rest easy on your morals, as  it has also been registered by  1990 Clean Air Act listed propane as an approved clean fuel.

Ethane

Although it not typically a household gas as it has other qualities useful in other aspects of society, Ethane does burn as well and can be used for cooking and heating your home in the same way as Methane. The reason it is not is due to the fact that there is not as much of it present in as methane in natural gas. However, you still may be using it already be using it without knowing it, for example, if you light your hob with a lighter the gas the lighter contains is Ethane.

Coal

Flashback as little as 40 years and coal would have been as present in a household as a TV set is now. However, due to the more efficient alternatives explored above it has been largely replaced. This being said, it is still possible to use coal to fuel your home so as gas and fuel prices increase it may be considered for those of you who are looking to heat smaller areas. Of course, the days of housing with a fireplace in every room are long gone, but if you still have one in a communal area, it may be both aesthetically pleasing as well as worth it to save yourself a little bit of money, simply by striking a match and warming yourself up by the fire. In these days of smartphones and computers,  embrace that nostalgic feeling and get everyone around the fire, just remember to make sure it is out afterwards!

Solar Panels

From the old to the new, Solar Panels have become increasingly popular as the world collectively begins striding away from fossil fuels and the impact they have on Global Warming. Although this is an expensive alternative at the outset, Solar Panels have been proven to pay for themselves in savings after 10-15 years. Therefore, think of them as an investment. They are able to power all your home appliances needed for cooking and keeping yourself warm, so after the installation you pay practically nothing on your bills!  Due to it being powered by one of the most dependable resources around, Sun-rays,  it is of course readily available everyday (although it may not feel like it in England). Not only a money spinner, it is also great for the environment with no pollution emulated from it meaning you also think of it as investing in the future of your children too! The world is already heading towards a solar future, so stay ahead of the curve and consider this alternative today.

As you can see there is various way to keep your house toasty, so consider all your options and make sure you are choosing the right one for your family, your home, your wallet and the environment as well!

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Natural Gas a Feasible Alternative to Coal

power-plant-Once the most common energy source within the US, the use of coal to generate power is now, thankfully, on the decline as its harmful impact on the environment has been extensively exposed.

Enter natural gas as a viable alternative as is evident from the boom in its production in recent years.. This fellow fossil fuel is considered less dangerous than coal as it only produces half the amount of carbon dioxide.

This year, gas will power a total of 35% of total energy in the US while coal drops to 30%; these figures are in stark contrast to just a few years ago when coal was responsible for over 50% of all electricity generation and natural gas just 20%. What’s more, this trend is on the rise with natural gas industry expanding at alarming rate.

Other Deadly Greenhouse Gas Emissions

However, is natural gas really less harmful than coal? While its carbon emissions are lower, burning it also produces the potent greenhouse gas, methane as a by-product. Methane is more 30 times more likely to trap atmospheric heat than CO2. Hence if too much methane is leaked during gas production, its advantages over coal can soon be cancelled out.

According to scientific research carried out over the years however, results suggest that methane leaks are currently not sufficient enough to cause natural gas to fare worse for our planet than coal. Moreover, the gas production system is purposely not sealed properly since some methane should be allowed to leak for safety reasons.

In order for natural gas to uphold its reputation as a cleaner fuel, scientists say that the industry must exercise every effort to reduce methane leakages. Apart from being essential to keep global warming in check, eliminating unnecessary leakages will also prove more profitable to the organisations in question.

Short-term Use of Natural Gas Is Beneficial

The long and short of it is that natural gas power plants still have a lower impact on the climate than coal powered plants, even when methane leakages are accounted for.

Natural gas is now considered by many to be a ‘bridge fuel’ that should help us to move away from the detrimental effects of coal to eventually making use of entirely renewable energy sources to safeguard the future of our planet.

All things, considered, natural gas is definitely a better option than coal but it may still have detrimental effects on our ecosystem so it shouldn’t be glorified or used for long-term purposes. Efforts to transition to completely renewable sources of power such as wind or solar should be a priority for all nations to put a stop to further large-scale damage being done to our planet.