Our friends over in Houston, Texas (spectraenergy.com) were able to compile a large list of interesting facts about natural gas. We thought it would be fun to share some of our favorites with you:
- Natural gas first arrived in the home during the first century A.D. in Persia. It seeped from the ground and was ignited by lightning, producing an ‘eternal flame’ that burned day and night. Seeking to take advantage of this continuous heating source – and since pipelines wouldn’t come around until the 1800’s – the king of Persia built his royal kitchen next to it.
- Besides being a heating fuel, natural gas has other cool uses… like chilling the glycol used to produce ice for hockey and skating rinks.
- Many NFL teams tackle cold weather by warming their fields using tubes heated with natural gas. This lets the turf grow in the winter.
- Museums use natural gas-fueled equipment to help maintain the proper humidity for the conservation of art, fabrics and historic papers.
- Natural gas in its pure form is colorless and odorless. Utility companies add the smell of rotten eggs – a product called mercaptan – to make natural gas detectable.
- Did you know that North America has more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil? As a nation, we must continue our focus on safely and responsibly developing this clean-burning, sustainable and versatile energy resource.
- When used to generate electricity natural gas burns cleaner than other fuel sources, with less pollutants and no mercury. This means cleaner air in our communities.
- The Philadelphia Zoo uses natural gas to cool a greenhouse for a rare bird and one of the most endangered species in the world, the Micronesian Kingfisher.
- Did you take out the trash this morning? If so, thank natural gas, which is used to help manufacture trash bags.
- Natural gas is efficient. About 90 percent of the gas produced is delivered to customers as usable energy. Greater efficiency means fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Natural gas has been around for a long time and we have a multitude of it available to us. As you’ve learned from this list, natural gas is part of our daily lives in more ways than one! Make the switch today and help work towards a more sustainable future.