World natural gas supplies are rapidly depleting. Therefore, many countries
are considering alternative ways of heating homes.
After all, many places still have no access to natural gas even if a supply of this fuel exists nearby. Another reason for considering different sources of heat would be to keep gas prices down without fracking in shale fuels.
*Current Types of Heating Systems*
One primary type of system used to warm homes today is the mains connected
gas boiler. The gas is sent to the boiling system and then it produces heat
for a home, school, industry, or business. Usually this system would be
used in a larger residence or building, but it could be used in smaller
Another main way to keep interior spaces warm is to use off grid liquid
petroleum gas boilers. Usually a cleaner form of fuel is required for this
system, and it diminishes the need for coal used for creating electricity.
This kind of home fuel supply often is used in rural areas.
Using Electric-Fired Boilers are another way to heat a home, industry or
office. This is a developing technology that can works well for small
families especially with new builds this new technology has been
implemented to create all electric homes. They usually work in conjunction
with under-floor heating to make heating more efficient than radiators. The
boilers are similar to the gas in terms of ease of use and function but
electricity can be created from renewable sources but gas cannot.
One more fuelling system for residences or businesses is the heating pump.
This system extracts external heat from outdoors during the winter in order
to keep the inside warm. The most modern heat pumps require use of
geothermal power, thus consuming less gas or coal in the process because
their source of power and heat come from the ground.
*Current Fuel Market*
For quite a few years, gas prices continued to climb. However, in 2012 the
price per million btus fell by 80% from 2005. This was primarily because of
the over-production of natural gas that occurred during this time.
However, the UN reports rapidly diminishing availability of this resource.
As a result, many countries are advocating the end of fracking in shale
fields. This has caused a price climb of 79% by October 2012.
*Gas Price Forecast*
Natural gas prices are expected to continue rising as more legislation is
approved to stop excess fracking. The upward trend that started in the
third quarter of 2012 is expected to continue. However, it may still remain
inexpensive for quite a while in North America.
Still, inhibiting the production of this energy source will force residents
and businesses to find a new way to heat their homes that costs less. They
also are going to be more likely to seek out cleaner forms of fuel as new
energy consumption laws are enacted.
In Europe, the primary energy demand is expected to continue increasing by
30% in 2030 from 18% in 1990s and 24% in 2005. However, the overall
production of natural gas is expected to decrease. What is offered to the
public will be cleaner forms of it that require less use of gas, oil, or
coal to heat the home.
The projected growth of overall demand increase will be approximately 60%
from power generation. However, steady growths will also be recognized in
the residential, industry, and commercial sectors.
*A New Solution*
The idea of using heat pumps in homes has gained popularity in recent
years. For starters, it would help supply a majority of the world with
natural gas. It would also burn far cleaner that the traditional types of
fuel do now. The main reason why is because it uses a renewable source of
heat that comes from the air, water, or ground.
Using heat pumps also helps reduce the amount of natural gas consumed in
homes. This is will keep costs at a manageable level for everyone as they
seek less expensive ways to warm their homes, offices, and industries.
About the Author
Lewis MacNulty is a Electrical Engineer, Green Entrepreneur and author of
numerous articles on green technology, eco-economics and enviro-politics.
He is one of the leading engineers at WDSGreenEnergy.