Abundantly Clear

    Did you know that natural gas is so energy efficient that it is being used more often in power plants to generate electricity? The fact is, the direct use of natural gas is three times more efficient than using electricity to run home appliances. How can that be? The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Johnathan Cogan said the difference is based on a calculation of getting energy consumed in mining coal out of the ground, burning it in a power plant to turn it into electricity, sending it long distances along transmission lines and, finally, delivering it to homes to heat them or run their appliances. In the case of natural gas, on the other hand, very little energy is consumed in transmitting it along pipelines and into homes. When you turn on the appliance, natural gas is transformed into energy immediately. By taking all the energy use into account,…
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  • Dream Kitchen

    In many homes, the kitchen is the hub of the house. So perhaps it’s not surprising that kitchens are where homeowners put a lot of remodeling dollars and effort. Over the last five years, nearly 40 percent of the money homeowners spent in home improvement went into kitchen remodels, according to a recent survey by […]
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  • On the Move

    In many ways, the 20th century was defined by gasoline and the automobile. The entire landscape of the planet changed to accommodate cars. For example, according to the American Road and Transportation Association, roads now cover 17,947 square miles of American land with an estimated 253 million passenger vehicles (reported by HIS Markit) registered in […]
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  • Smart Landscaping

    Designing an outdoor space and house with natural gas appliances are just the beginning of creating an energy-efficient home. Landscaping can also reduce energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a well-designed landscape can save enough energy to pay for itself in less than eight years.
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