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    Costs of Installing a Natural Gas Line

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If you are considering switching to natural gas for your energy needs, you will need to install a natural gas line that will connect your building to the nearest gas main. Your natural gas line can be installed by any licensed plumber in your area. The cost of installing a gas line depends in part on how close you are to a gas main and whether the route is blocked by any obstacles. You will also need to obtain all the necessary permits for your area.

    If you are interested in installing a natural gas line, you can get an estimate from Florida Public Utilities Company. We have helped hundreds of homes and businesses in the Florida area save energy through installing and maintaining natural gas appliances. To find out if natural gas is available for your area, call us today at (888) 471-0413 or visit us on the Web.

    What Is Natural Gas?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Natural gas is one of the most widely used energy sources in the world. Homeowners and businesses across the state of Florida rely on natural gas for generating electricity, powering their climate control systems, and operating appliances. Here is a closer look at natural gas and the role it plays in our lives.

    Where Natural Gas Comes From

    Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas that is composed of methane, ethane, and other hydrocarbons. It originates deep under the Earth’s surface in open pockets of space between solid rock, where it formed millions of years ago from prehistoric organic matter. Natural gas is excavated from the ground through drilling, then transported to a processing plant where it is purified and prepared for use.

    How Natural Gas Is Used

    Natural gas can be used for a wide range of purposes, including heating buildings, fueling cooking stoves, and providing hot water. It can be used as an alternative to petroleum-based gasoline for fueling vehicles, and it is used to produce ammonia for fertilizer. Natural gas can also be used to generate other forms of power; nearly a quarter of all the electricity used in the United States comes from natural gas.

    Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

    Natural gas is considered the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, as well as one of the most environmentally sound energy sources available. Since it is made primarily of methane gas, natural gas emits largely carbon dioxide and water vapor when it is burned. It also has fewer impurities than other fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

    If you would like to learn more about the benefits of using natural gas, contact Florida Public Utilities Company. We are proud to be the leading energy provider and natural gas provider for South and Central Florida. To learn more about the energy services that our utility company has to offer your Florida home, give us a call at (888) 471-0413.

    Ask The Energy Expert- Sustainability Issue: Water Drainage

    Last updated 2 months ago

    There is something I don’t understand about home construction in Florida. We have enormous amounts of rainfall, yet many homes, even new construction do not manage water drainage very well. Many homes look exactly like the one pictured here. There are no gutters or downspouts to direct the water away from the home. Most homes are built on a cement slab and are cement block construction. Over time the water running off the roof makes a gully right next to the home. Cement blocks are very porous and can wick water from the ground several feet up the wall. Just like a candle wick draws oil from a lamp or a tree wicks moisture up the tree to nourish it. Our homes can wick ground water up the walls and cause moisture damage and mold. If we could strip the drywall off and see behind our walls we may see moisture like in the picture.

    The solution is to have rain gutters and downspouts directing the water away from the home. The ground around the home should be sloping away from the slab as well. If you are building a new home make sure this is part of your package.

    If you are living in an existing home, you may need to have a professional evaluate your situation and add some rain gutters and some landscaping to resolve this problem. Once the water flow around your home is stopped it will dry naturally. This is not an energy topic but is of extreme importance for the long term health of your home’s structure.

    For all energy related questions contact your energy experts at Florida Public Utilities Company www.fpuc.com/energyexpert

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    How Natural Gas Is Formed

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    Every year, natural gas is used by hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the United States. The story of how natural gas travels from under the ground to your building is a long one; the natural gas we use today began forming millions of years ago. However, the story can be told briefly.

    Decomposition

    Natural gas began its existence as living matter. Tens of millions of years ago, the remains of prehistoric plants and animals were buried under sand and silt. As time passed, the sand hardened into solid rock. Eventually, the organic matter was transformed by the powerful pressure and heat of the Earth’s crust into other materials—coal, oil, and natural gas.

    Migration

    You may wonder how natural gas can exist inside solid rock. In fact, the Earth’s crust contains numerous pores, or open spaces, where gas can collect. Because natural gas is lighter than air, it naturally rises toward the Earth’s surface—which makes it possible for us to find and extract it.

    Extraction

    The process of finding natural gas begins with geologists, who locate areas where gas is likely to be found—either on the surface of the Earth or on the ocean floor. Then, a well is drilled so that the gas can be pumped out and delivered to a processing plant. After being treated to remove impurities, the gas is transported to a storage facility through a pipeline. Finally, it is sent to natural gas providers so it can be used. The majority of natural gas used in the United States is extracted and processed domestically.

    Florida Public Utilities Company is proud to provide natural gas, propane, and other energy services to the state of Florida. If you would like to find out whether you live in an area where natural gas is available for your building, our staff will be happy to answer your questions. To get started, call (888) 471-0413.

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