Winter's Coming: How You Can Prepare
Winter’s Coming: How You Can Prepare
Can you believe it’s September already? Soon, the colder weather will be causing us to add layers, shut up windows, and stoke the home fires. But aside from making yourself comfortable, there are a few things you should do to safeguard your home and family from the icy hand of old man winter.
El Niño aftermath
You might recall that earlier in 2016 we experienced one of the strongest El Niños on record. El Niño is the name of unseasonably warm waters that come up from the South Pacific and affect wind patterns across the US. After El Niño runs its course, however, there is often a cold front that comes through called La Niña.
These weather patterns point to extremes in temperature and humidity which can make your winter, well, memorable.
Stay warm with covered windows
Think about your lifestyle and it’s easy to see what steps are needed to make your winter enjoyable and comfortable no matter what the skies throw your way. One way to keep your home toasty while also working to reduce your utility bills (win, win!) is wrapping your windows. Glass panes inherently lose indoor heat to the colder outdoors, and so this easy step helps keep the warm air in your home – letting your heater work just a little bit less and keeping you just a bit warmer.
Natural Gas Efficiency is Always Improving
Necessity is the mother of invention, this is certainly true in the energy industry. As technology changes and becomes even more intertwined throughout our lives (think, every smart device in our homes and businesses), we are becoming more and more dependent on electricity. This increase in demand for power is challenging the industry to come up with newer, more efficient ways of generating electricity for the marketplace—and because over 33% of electricity in the US is generated by natural gas – is pushing natural gas to do more as a generator fuel.
The Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) is one of these necessity-driven inventions. A CCGT can run at higher efficiencies—up to 50% more—than traditional natural gas-powered generators. It’s using the same fuel, but new technology has made it over 60% more efficient for generating electricity, even when at full capacity. Basically, the CCGT allows us get more power for our natural gas buck – and we can keep all of those smart devices charged!
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