Using Passive-Solar Heating Instead of Gas

Gas is a commodity we are running out of quickly, using passive-solar heating instead of gas home captures free heat directly from the sun.

| August/September 2002

Learn how designing your home using passive-solar heating instead of gas will save you money.

Using Passive-Solar Heating Instead of Gas

Most Americans remain unaware that we have already consumed nearly half of our known of Gas domestic natural gas.

Passive-solar heating is vital to our energy future as the two dominant players in the home-heating market, natural gas and home heating oil, are being depleted. Most Americans remain unaware that we have already consumed nearly half our domestic natural gas. In Texas, energy companies drill 17 new gas wells a day — 6,400 wells each year — just to maintain current production levels, say Randy Udall, director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency in Aspen, Colorado, and Steve Andrews, an energy analyst. The United States is now the world's largest importer of natural gas, most of which comes from Canada.

But just as in Texas, gas production in western Canada is declining. Twenty new wells are drilled every day just to keep production from failing, causing Canadians to worry about future supplies for their own country. Consequently, some Canadians are balking at increasing their export of natural gas to their energy-hungry neighbor to the south. Importing natural gas from any but our land-linked neighbors will be costly and difficult.

Like natural gas, oil production in the United States has been dropping since 1972. Many energy analysts predict global oil production will peak between 2005 and 2010. Then demand will begin to outstrip supply, sending prices up, up and away.

Passive-solar heating provides warmth and comfort, and can replace declining fossil fuel resources economically, with a fraction of the environmental impact. Using passive-solar heating instead of gas makes environmental sense. Passive-solar heating is crucial not only to individuals but to the well-being of the nation and the world economy.

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