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Natural Gas Supply

Nationwide more then 63 million residences or about 52 percent of American households rely on natural gas for their energy heating, hot wter and cooking needs. And it is expected to double in the next two decades. Here in California the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) deregul;ated the natural gas supply to the consumer. What that means is that you no longer have to buy your natural gas from your local utility company. You now have the option of buying from a third party supplier like EnviroPro Energy Company, LLC. We are able to sell you your natural gas at a saving of 10% to 20%, over the utility company and possible even more depending on when you use you natural gas.

What is this domestic fuel source, and what are its benefits to us?

Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels. You can use natural gas to heat and cool your home, heat your water, cook your meals, produce electricity to light your house and dry your clothes all at the same time. Natural gas is found deep underground, often near coal and oil. In its raw form of natural gas many other substances such as methane, butane, propane and ethane, these other gases are removed before natural gas reaches it reaches our homes and businesses.

How was natural gas created?

Almost all of the natural gas that we use today started more than 200 million years ago, from the buried remains of tiny plants and sea animals. As the thick layers of mud, rock, silt and sand covered up these remains the layers of matter build up, high pressure and heat from the shifting surface of the earth filled the resulting cracks and crevices with oil and natural gas. This process is called thermogenic. There is also biogenic formation of natural gas which is created by methanogenic organisms, this process occurs in swamps, bogs and landfills.

What has to be done to get the natural gas into my home and workplace?

First the natural gas has to be found and the drilled for with large oil drilling rigs. Then it is compressed at a compressor station and shipped to a processing plant where all of the methane, butane, propane and ethane, as well as other byproduces and impurities are removed from the natural gas. It is then put into the transmission lines and delivered to the utility companies where it is odorized with a telltale harmless chemical so you can smell a natural gas leak. The utility companies then put into the distribution lines and delivered to your home or business for consumntion.

Is natural gas safe?

Yes, natural gas is very safe! With natural gas' limited range of flammability it takes a precise combination of air and natural gas before it can burn. Natural gas is lighter than air, it will usually rise safely and disperse into the air if it is allowed to freely vent. The natural gas industry coordinates safety and awareness programs, to help keep consumers safe and informed. These programs are overseen by the state and federal government. 

Statistics from the American Gas Association, show that from 1991 to 2004, natural gas pipeline related incidents on the national natural gas distribution pipelines has decreased by more than 25 percent. This is significant given the fact that the national natural gas distribution pipeline systems has increased by 30 percent with an additional 650,000 miles of pipeline being added to the system.

While pipeline related incidents are unlikely to occur, when something does happen it is usually due to lack of knowledge, not because natural gas itself is unsafe. For that reason it is important to educate yourself about natural gas safety. This education should include the proper steps to take if you do detect a natural gas leak. You can CLICK HERE to be taken to our natural gas safety page.

How does my gas company measure the gas I use?

The utility company has installed a meter outside your house that the gas flows through before it enters your house or business. If it is the older mechanical style, you'll find a row of four dials and two additional dials underneath those four. As the gas flows through the meter the pointers on the dials turn and record the amount of natural gas you're using in hundreds of cubic feet. Most of your utility companies charge you for the "therms" you use, based on the cubic feet your meter records. "Therms" represent the amount of heat that the gas can produce, or its Btu (British thermal unit) value. So the fewer therms that you use each month, the lower your gas bill will be and vice versa.

The below shows some of the measurements you may see on your natural gas bill.

One cubic foot (cf) of natural gas is approximately equivalent to 1000 Btu.

1 Ccf = 100 cubic feet = 100,000 Btu = 1 Therm
1 Mcf = 1000 cubic feet = 1,000,000 Btu = 10 Therms = 1 Dth (Decatherm)
1 MMcf = 1,000,000 cubic feet
1 Bcf = 1,000,000,000 cubic feet (Billion cubic feet) 

Where does the rotten egg odor of natural gas come from?

Natural gas natural gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless when it is in its natural state. As mentioned earlier a harmless chemical is added to the natural gas at the utility company to give it that rotten egg odor and make it easier to detect. The chemical in its concentrated form is almost unbearable to smell. So it takes a very small amount to give the natural gas its telltale rotten egg smell. This harmless chemical odorant does not affect the efficiency of the natural gas.

Are endanger of running out of natural gas from the increased usage?

It is a common urban legend that we are running ot of natural gas. This simply is not the truth. With the scientists and engineers always looking for new sources of natural gas and new and improved ways to bring the natural gas from the ground. As well the harvesting of the natural gas being created in the nation's landfills. This natural gas, is called biogas. And it is more than half methane, which is the substance in natural gas we need most for fuel. At this time there are more than 300 landfills that are being tapped for biogas. And another 500 expected to be in use in the forseeable future. Also local natural gas companies store natural gas underground to access during the high demand periods, such as cold days.

What are the affects of natural gas on the environment?

Natural gas is the one of the cleanest, most efficient fossil fuel we have today. It is one of the key energy sources available for reducing pollution and maintaining a healthy environment. When natural gas is used in place of other fossil fuels, such as oil, gasoline, diesel or oil, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by as much as 50 percent. By increasing the use of natural gas we can help meet other environmental concerns, including smog and acid rain. In fact, power plants often rely on natural gas when faced with strict air-quality requirements.

Is natural gas expensive compared to other fuel sources?

On the average natural gas costs less than other other form of energy. It is almost always the least expensive method for heating and cooking. Where available natural gas with its higher efficiency and lower price gas can significantly reduce your annual energy costs.

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