When we talk about the benefits of natural gas for commerce and industry, what usually comes to mind are large-scale operations with national footprints that need natural gas to save big on fuel costs. But there’s another end to that scale where the savings are proving just as worthwhile.
Blenko Glass is a Virginia-based hand-blown glass company that has been around for over 100 years. They create works of art that range from small decorative and functional pieces to colossal projects. In order for artists to create all of these pieces, they require an enormous amount of energy at high temperatures, sometimes as high as 2,500°F (approximately 1,371°C).
With their energy needs high and costs always top of mind, Blenko Glass’ switch to natural gas has helped the company tremendously. In the past year and a half alone, Blenko has saved $200,000USD on energy costs. “Natural gas allows us to heat the furnaces in the most efficient way,” says Katie Trippe, vice president of Blenko Glass. “Electric heating is too inefficient for our necessary temperatures.” The savings have enabled the company to invest their savings in new equipment, begin an upgrade to their entire facility, and also keep many of their employees working during economically challenging times.
This is just another example of how versatile natural gas can be. Whether you’re a small business, large business, or residential user, making the switch to natural gas is an economic opportunity we should all take a closer look at.
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