As discussed in the previous blog, natural gas is far from a new source of heat. But there are a lot of very interesting facts about it and how we currently utilize it.
Over half of the homes in the United States use natural gas as their primary heating source.
Natural gas is odorless. Utility companies add the smell of rotten eggs – a chemical called mercaptan – so that if there are leaks, it is much easier to detect.
There are approximately four million Americans employed in the natural gas industry.
When natural gas is burned to heat homes or is used for industrial purposes, it releases 25-30% less CO2 than oil and 40-50% less CO2 than coal per unit of energy produced. With those numbers in mind, it is a relatively clean form of energy.
There are over 11 million road vehicles worldwide that run on compressed or liquefied natural gas. Shipley Energy recently opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in York, PA, that’s able to fill two CGN vehicles at a time. Click here to read more about it!
The present is a great time for natural gas, but the future looks even brighter. Check back soon for another interesting post about natural gas!