Where Does Gas And Electricity Come From?

Natural gas and electricity have become such a huge part of everyday modern life so much so that most people take them for granted. But without them life would come to a screeching halt, food would not be cooked, there would be no lights, no computers, no technology, no movies or television and no communication. Society would literally go back to the dark ages.

So what is Natural Gas? Natural gas, commonly called 'gas' but not to be confused with its much heavier cousin gasoline occurs naturally near deposits of crude oil as well as being a byproduct of crude oil refining. At one point, this important natural resource was burnt unceremoniously wastefully off at refineries. Who knows how many cubic meters of this finite resource was wasted before its importance and usefulness as a clean fuel was realized. Nowadays natural gas is billed as a clean alternative to gasoline and diesel as it burns with less emissions consequentially being better for the environment as a result. It is piped to homes for cooking and heating in developed countries and also used to make electricity. So gas and electricity go hand in hand. Thou electricity is unique as it can vary in rates based on the states as such commercial electricity rates in Texas won't be the same as those in the rest of the US.

The modern world has scientist Michael Faraday to thank for discovering how to generate electricity according to Wikipedia. The generation of electricity involves conversion from a primary energy source such as coal, natural gas, wind, solar power, hydroelectric or petroleum sources. Electricity cannot be generated without an energy source, carbon based or renewable. As Newton's second law states: Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but can be converted from one form to another. What this means is electricity is the conversion of potential energy in the fuels such as natural gas into electric energy.

Of course due to the 'greenhouse effect' the world has gotten warmer due to the burning of carbon based fossil fuels As a result more emphasis has been placed worldwide on shifting from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. Fossil fuels are finite, and though they are being regenerated, they take thousands of years to be formed and are being consumed quicker than they can be replaced. Renewable Fuels are just that renewable and they include solar energy, wind energy, hydro-electric energy and geothermal energy. What makes them attractive is they are non-carbon based thus making them cleaner and also that they replenish themselves. As long as the sun is shining, solar energy is viable, similarly with wind and hydro-electric power. Check out the current commercial electricity rates in Texas here!

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