Natural gas gets a bad rap. There are dozens of misconceptions surrounding this efficient and versatile form of energy, preventing homeowners from reaping the benefits. Read up on these natural gas myths and try it for yourself!
• Natural gas is bad for the environment
Did you know that natural gas is actually the cleanest fossil fuel when it comes to burning? When used for space and water heating, it’s even better than as fuel to generate electricity.
• Natural gas has an odour
Natural gas does not smell itself, but an odour is often added to it as a safety precaution. If you ever smell it, you’ll know there is a leak and you can take the necessary safety measures to address the leak.
• Natural gas is explosive
Natural gas will only ignite if there is a source of ignition, but it doesn’t explode. And gas can only ignite when it’s concentrated 5 to 15% relative to the air and when it comes into contact with an ignition source of at least 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Natural gas is toxic
Using natural gas as an energy source cannot cause you to become sick and it’s non-toxic. The only way it can affect humans is if there is so much natural gas in the air that you can’t get enough oxygen to breathe.
• Natural gas is heavier than air
Natural gas is lighter than air, and as it escapes, it rises and evaporates into the atmosphere. It’s lighter than other gases which are heavier than air and can pool on the ground.
• Natural gas reserves are getting smaller
New natural gas reserves are actually being discovered every year, in addition to the proven over 150 years of natural gas reverses we already know about.
• Natural gas pipelines are dangerous
With all of the pipeline safety regulations put forth by the government, today’s natural gas pipelines are safer and better constructed than ever. Out of all pipelines, natural gas pipelines have the best safety record.
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