or cigarettes - natural gas invades every part of our lives
without our permission. From providing us with comfortable heat,
to delivering delicious cooked food and protecting us from the
elements of nature's cold fury, to drying our undergarments
so we can feel warm and fuzzy. Gas-waste infects us at every
level of our lives.
simple test for yourself. In the evening, turn on a gas appliance.
Then turn off all of the lights in the room and watch as your
gas flame burns. Look for the blue colors. That's methane gas
burning. Methane gas makes up most of your natural gas supply
and it burns with a blue color.
are yellow, orange, green, purple or red colors in your flame
- that isn't just methane gas burning. Such colors indicate
that something else is burning with the methane. The industry
calls them condensates. Your condensates could be Benzene, Toluene,
Tar, Oil, Dust, Rust, Gas Odorants or - PCBs. Notice how the
colors burst out and jump about. The colored condensates bursting
in your flame are some of the hazardous chemicals in your gas.
- if your flame isn't a blue color - your burning something
mixed with the methane. And those non-methane combustion byproducts
coming from the gas company are entering the indoor air.
gas indoor environmental smoke test.
pictures and hangings, looking for a shadow behind where the
object hung. The shadow is cleaner than the surrounding surface
because combustion from gas appliance flames deposits environmental
smoke covering everything indoors. Objects hanging on the wall
collect the gas smoke and shield the wall. And your breathing
the bottom of your pots and pans used on gas appliances. See
those dark sooty smudges, that's environmental smoke etched
into the metal. These chemicals are so powerful, they eat into
the metal surface and can't be removed. Think what they are
doing to your lungs.
If you have
a fireplace with a gas log insert, look at the black sooty deposits
coating the hard ceramic. That's unburned hydrocarbon stains
and they don't wash off.
white cloth, wash a section of the wall and ceiling around a
gas appliance. Observe the yellow stuff on the white cloth,
it's unburned chemicals from your indoor gas appliances.
Gas is still
the best energy choice we have. It's cheap, it's plentiful,
and it's a commodity fuel that needs to be cleaned up. Unfortunately,
we can't rely upon the gas utility to do it for us.