|reply to disconnected |
said by disconnected :
I've been arguing for two decades now that gas is too dangerous to deploy anywhere but in industrial areas. I recommend a 1 mile buffer zone between gas-using industrials and residential zones.
Are you serious? Hundreds of millions of residential customers use natural gas every single day without issue. Stop spreading FUD. What alternative would you purpose for space heating? Electric and fuel oil are nearly three times as expensive, on a BTU for BTU basis:
1 therm (100,000 btu) of natural gas: $0.80 to $1.20, depending on utility and market prices
29.31 kWh (100,000 btu) of electric: $2.34 (@ $0.08/kWh) to $3.51 (@ $0.12/kWh)
0.72 gallons fuel oil (100,000 btu): $2.88 (at $4/gal)
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I wonder how hard it would be to power an entire house on a natural gas generator...
You would think NG cars would take off considering that 1 therm would be cheaper than 1Gal of US fuel.
|reply to Crookshanks |
Yup. It's just a matter of using it safely. More electric would mean more fires from wiring, etc, etc.
Electric is 3x the price of gas, as gas is usually like 85-90% efficient, while electric is 100% efficient at converting electricity that was made around 35% efficiently, often with gas, with 10% losses in the lines.
|reply to David |
Wouldn't save you any money, the thermal efficiency of a small generator is not very good.
Exactly. It's for backup use only, and it's pricey to run those things during extended outages, as piston engines are usually 20% efficient at best.