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    A Guide to the Environmental Impact of Natural Gas

    Last updated 8 months ago

    As more and more Americans become aware of the negative environmental effects of coal burning and the potential risks of using nuclear power, demand for clean energy sources has risen in the past few years. Domestically produced natural gas is a viable alternative energy source with minimal environmental impact. For more information, read on.

    Initial Production

    Natural gas, which is composed primarily of methane when it reaches the consumer, is extracted from wells underground or produced as a by-product of petroleum refinement. When proper care is taken, natural gas production is very safe, especially when compared to other forms of fuel extraction such as coal mining.

    Airborne Emissions

    Burning fuel generates emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide. These byproducts of fuel burning are primary contributors to climate change and also have many other negative environmental impacts. Natural gas, however, produces much smaller quantities of each of these pollutants per unit of heat than coal and gasoline do.

    Water Usage

    To use coal as a fuel to produce electricity, power plants also need to use significant amounts of water. It begins in the mines, where water is used to purify the coal, and continues into the power plant, where water is used for cooling purposes. Refining and using natural gas, on the other hand, uses much less water, as the boilers in which it is burned do not require as much cooling as coal burners or nuclear reactors.

    Solid Waste Byproducts

    Just as the coals in your grill leave behind ashy residue so does the coal burned in power plants. Nuclear plants also produce waste, in the form of especially dangerous radioactive sludge. Natural gas, however, is a liquid or gaseous hydrocarbon, and it burns almost completely during the combustion process, leaving behind no solid waste.

    If you would like to learn more about the commercial and residential uses of natural gas, contact the Florida Public Utilities Company. We are one of Central Florida’s primary providers of this efficient, clean, affordable energy source. Visit our website or call us at (561) 832-0872 to learn more.

    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 9 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.

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