Even though we are dependent on some form of energy for just about everything that we do throughout every day, most of us give little thought to the discovery and development of the energy sources that enable us to enjoy the comfort and conveniences that we Floridians enjoy today.
Coal, Wood, and Whale Petroleum
Before the discovery of petroleum, or “oil,” which has fueled so much of the world’s modernization and urban development, our ancestors had to depend on environmentally degrading and less efficient sources for the few things they were actually able to power. For example, coal and wood were used to fuel factories and heat homes, and whale petroleum was used to provide many homes with light in the dark. There was no such thing as automotive transport. Horse-drawn carriages were the most efficient source of land transport available.
Discovery of Oil
Crude oil, a fossil fuel that would transform the world, was first discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1857. Just about everything that was achieved during the industrial revolution, as well as many mechanical and technological advances that have brought us to where we are today, were accomplished with the help of oil.
Powering America’s Homes
A quarter of the way into the 20th century, more than half of the homes in America were connected to reliable electricity grids. Most of this electricity was generated by coal and oil. As the cost of power fell, it became easier and easier for energy providers to supply Americans with an inexpensive source of electricity generation.
Emergence of Natural Gas
Although natural gas was obtained at a small scale in the 19th century, it was not developed as a practical and efficient source of energy until the post-war era. The implementation of a more comprehensive pipeline system made natural gas more accessible, enabling energy providers to use it to meet the industrial and electric utility needs of their customers.
The history of energy is still being written. If you would like to ensure that you are on the right side of it, then it is time for you to upgrade the appliances and energy systems that power your home or business. To find out more about the economic and environmental benefits of using natural gas- and coal-powered appliances, call Florida Public Utilities Company at (561) 832-0872.