Sunday, June 7, 2009

great idea energy savings

If every home that has a natural gas line were equipped with a small generator that ran on natural gas, emissions would tumble. Firstly, because CH4 is a much cleaner burning fuel than, say, coal. And secondly, transmission losses from large centralized generation plants would become forfeit.

It’s relatively simple, really. All you need to do is commercialize a home-based generator. Standardize the attachments to the meet the gas regulations already dictating what pipes go where, so that it can simply replace an old water heater, or hook into someone’s basement. Then, put a capacitor in there somewhere: Boom, electricity on demand.

You would be powering your own home. Sure, your natural gas bill would be higher. But you’d pay zero in electricity costs. Meanwhile, national emissions go down across the board, and coal and nuclear become obsolete.

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