As the price of natural gas continues to soar, a growing number of utilities are finding it increasingly difficult to keep natural gas flowing to customers.
According to a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the cost of keeping natural gas in service is rising faster than the economy.
And while it may be hard to pinpoint a specific gas leak, some experts believe there are ways to avoid one at your home.
The EPA report notes that “a typical leak is not a major problem,” noting that natural gas can be leaking even when it’s not a significant issue for the environment.
The report also noted that, despite being in the “environmental cleanup category,” natural gas is not subject to the EPA’s “noxious fumes” regulations, which prohibit the use of chemicals to remove contaminants.
As more natural gas companies begin to find that natural sources of methane are less expensive than traditional sources, many are considering moving natural gas from one well to another.
The EPA report suggests that, if you’re looking for a place to store your natural gas to avoid leaks, you should consider storing it in your home or in a garage.
However, not everyone is ready to store natural gas at home.
For example, the EPA reports that there are some environmental and health concerns associated with natural gas storage, and the “consumption of natural gases is associated with increased risks of asthma, COPD, and chronic diseases,” among other things.
So, to help ensure that your natural-gas storage options are safe and secure, the National Association of Home Builders recommends storing your natural and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in a “properly ventilated and locked facility” to prevent leaks and protect against contamination.
According a National Association for Home Builder report, you can find more information on building safer natural gas systems and facilities here.
If you’re unsure whether you should be storing natural gas for storage or for the benefit of your home, the NFIB recommends you look into how much natural gas you can actually use and the amount of natural-sulfur methane that’s actually used to create electricity, as well as the amount that’s produced.
The NFIB also recommends that you monitor your natural sources for leaks, and check the gas meters in your house to make sure you’re using the correct amount of methane.
It’s important to remember that natural-source methane isn’t just an annoyance, it can also pose a serious health risk, especially if it’s combined with other hazardous gases.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) also recommends checking your gas meter for gas leaks every two weeks.