Using Passive-Solar Heating Instead of Gas

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Save money by using passive-solar heating instead of gas.

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.