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    How to Fill a Vehicle with Compressed Natural Gas

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Many drivers in Florida and across the United States are purchasing vehicles that are more fuel-efficient, and also investing in hybrid, diesel, and electric cars. But did you know that there is another plentiful alternative fuel source that produces almost no emissions and can be used to power passenger cars and commercial vehicles?

    Natural gas, the same fuel used in stoves and water heaters, can also be used in cars when they are converted properly. Many fleets in Florida are beginning to use this as a less expensive and more environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline. To learn how to safely fuel a natural gas vehicle, watch this video.

    For more information on compressed natural gas and propane, call Florida Public Utilities Company today at (561) 832-0872.

    The Best Home Energy Saving Tips in the Summertime

    Last updated 8 months ago

    In the sweltering heat of Florida summers, many homeowners dread opening their electric bills because they know that running the air conditioning costs them a lot of money. However, if you follow a few of the tips outlined below, you can reduce your energy spending this summer significantly.

    Use Your Windows and Coverings Wisely

    While natural light is a desirable amenity in a home, during the summer it can be an inconvenience. Solar radiation can significantly heat up your home, which will cause your air conditioner to run for a longer period of time in order to maintain a cool temperature. Lower the shades or close the curtains on any windows that get significant morning or afternoon sun to counteract this effect. On nights when the temperature drops to 70ºF or below, open the windows to let in a cool breeze.

    Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

    Why should you run the air conditioner when you’re not in the house? Many homeowners do so because they don’t like arriving home to an overheated house. But with a programmable thermostat, you can set your central air conditioner to switch on automatically an hour before you get home, so you’ll be nice and cool after a long day out, and you won’t have spent any money air conditioning an empty house.

    Cook Outdoors

    Summer is the traditional season for outdoor barbeques and grilling for a reason: turning on the oven heats up your kitchen and your whole house. When temperatures start to climb, clean out your grill, refill the propane tank, and open up your favorite barbeque cookbook. By keeping the hot charcoal or gas flames outside, you won’t have to raise your home’s air conditioning bill in order to enjoy fresh, home-cooked meals.

    The energy providers at Florida Public Utilities Company are committed to excellent customer service, which is why we encourage homeowners to reduce their bills by following energy-saving practices. If you have any questions about our natural gas, propane, or electric services, call us today at (561) 832-0872.

    How the Government Is Encouraging Alternative Fuel Use in Trucking Fleets

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Natural-gas vehicles offer many financial advantages. In addition to the fuel savings you’ll enjoy in the future, there are also a number of government tax incentives available today. On January 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act. This act extends the numerous tax credits offered for the use of alternative energy and fuel sources through the next year. It applies to both natural gas and propane, meaning the time has never been better to consider switching your fleet to alternative fuel. These tax credits affect the purchase of new alternative-fuel vehicles and the retrofitting of your current vehicles to use natural gas or propane as fuel. You may also qualify for tax credits with regard to alternative-fuel vehicle refueling property. These tax credits offer one-time per-vehicle reductions in your tax liability to help offset the cost of purchase or retrofitting.

    Explore the benefits of an alternative-fuel trucking fleet with the help of the Florida Public Utilities Company. We proudly supply propane and natural gas to homes and businesses and will help you find the best way to finance your conversion. Visit our website or call (561) 832-0872 to speak with a representative.

    Saving Energy and Money on Your Bills this Summer

    Last updated 8 months ago

    If you’re looking for ways to stretch every dollar a little further, look around your own home. Even during the hot, long days of summer, there are areas of your home in which you can save energy—and money.

    Turning your thermostat up to 82 degrees when you’re not at home will keep your home cool while you’re away without using extra energy. Ceiling fans are also a great way to cool down by up to eight degrees while using less energy for air conditioning. You can learn more about staying cool while saving energy this summer in Florida by watching this video.

    Are you looking to save energy and lower your energy bills? Florida Public Utilities Company has the answers you need for energy savings. Check out our website or call (561) 832-0872 for more information on lowering your home’s energy usage.

    Understanding How Natural Gas Vehicles Work

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Today, alternatively fueled vehicles emit less pollution and save drivers money on fuel costs. Natural gas vehicles use clean-burning natural gas rather than gasoline to power the engine. These vehicles offer a cost-effective and fuel-efficient alternative to a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle for both families and businesses.

    Natural Gas vs. Gasoline

    Gasoline is derived from crude oil, which is comprised of the remains of prehistoric microorganisms. These remains have been heated and compressed for millions of years, turning them into a liquid. Natural gas is produced via a similar chemical reaction, but rather than turning to liquid, it remains as a gas because of its simpler molecular makeup. Both natural gas and gasoline can be used to power combustion engines. However, because of its different chemical makeup, natural gas burns much cleaner, without producing the greenhouse gases that are secondary to gasoline combustion.

    Natural Gas Vehicle Construction

    Natural gas vehicles are similar in construction to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. However, modifications are made to the vehicle’s fuel tank and engine. When the vehicle is refueled, compressed natural gas is pumped into a set of lightweight cylinders called Integrated Storage Systems, or ISSs. The ISSs are designed to protect the fuel in case of a crash and prevent fire or explosion. Today, ISSs are the same size and shape as a typical gasoline tank. The engine of a natural-gas vehicle is altered to allow for the combustion of natural gas rather than gasoline, incorporating aluminum pistons, nickel-tungsten exhaust valves, and a catalytic converter specific to methane. Natural gas enters the fuel injection system via a fuel line from the ISSs, and is then injected into the engine for combustion.

    Natural gas is a clean-burning, energy efficient fuel alternative to gasoline. If you’d like to learn more about natural gas vehicles, contact Florida Public Utilities Company by calling (561) 832-0872. We have the information you need to reduce your environmental impact today. Check us out on the Web to learn more about natural gas, propane, and electricity in Florida.

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