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Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Author:

The Department of Energy recently posted a Energy Datapalooza video celebrating new services, products and apps that work towards a better, cleaner future.

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Saturday, April 09th, 2011 | Author:
IDT Energy: Natural Gas is Safe and Clean

IDT Energy: Natural Gas is Safe and Clean

Along with electricity, IDT Energy is one of New York’s main suppliers of natural gas.

Natural gas is a commonly misunderstood form of energy that we are all familiar with but really know very little about. For instance, even though the stuff we put in our cars is called “gas” and the stuff we cook with on our gas stove tops is also called “gas” these are two very different chemicals. We also use “gas” barbecues, but that gas is propane, a part of natural gas, but not the natural gas itself.

Natural gas is often placed together in the same category as other fossil fuels such as coal or petroleum and other sources of energy, but don’t let that categorization fool you. Natural gas is a unique energy source which is one of the cleanest and safest fuels around.

Natural gas can be characterized as boring: it is colorless and odorless, but it is highly combustible.  When it is burned it emits a small amount of emissions, especially compared to the amount of energy it supplies.

Before refining natural gas is a combination of many gasses:

•    Methane: 70-90%
•    Ethane, Propane, Butane: 0-20%
•    Carbon Dioxide: 0-8%
•    Oxygen: 0-0.2%
•    Nitrogen: 0-5%
•    Hydrogen sulphide: 0-5%
•    Rare gasses A, He, Ne, Xe: Trace amounts

The natural gas delivered to your home is almost pure methane. Natural gas makes up about 24% of the total energy consumed in the US in the year 2000. Coal accounted for 23%, petroleum products made up 39%, nuclear power 8% and renewable energy made up about 6% of total energy use during that year.

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Tuesday, December 07th, 2010 | Author:

Have you ever thought about what electricity really is? As one of New York’s pre-eminent suppliers of electricity, IDT Energy thinks about what electricity is all the time.  First of all, it is important to realize that electricity is more accurately called an energy carrier, or a secondary source of energy. The primary source of energy is converted into electricity. The main sources used to create electricity are the flowing of water, coal, wind, sun and others. These primary sources can either be renewable or not, but in the case of electricity it is neither. Electricity must be created.

What does this mean for our lives? Before electricity was brought directly to our homes people used the primary sources of energy for their daily needs. Light was created with candles or kerosene lamps. Heat was created with coal or wood, which was also used for cooking.

Today, IDT Energy brings the clean and easy to use power of electricity right to our homes, making our lives healthier, easier, more convenient, and more fun, too.

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