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    How Seniors Can Keep Cool

    For Ontario seniors, summer can be a mixed blessing. Sure, it’s a great time for family and friends to get together, enjoy the sunshine and an outdoor cookout (using your natural gas barbecue,  of course). But seasonal heat also carries with it the potential for heat exhaustion and air quality concerns.

    That’s why keeping cool and comfortable courtesy of central air conditioning (A/C) is the ideal way to beat the heat. And although A/C can result in pricey energy bills for cash-strapped seniors,  it doesn’t have to. These energy-conservation tips can help seniors stay cool, conserve energy, and save money:

    Insulate Your Home
    Well-insulated homes maintain a comfortable temperature (no matter the season) more efficiently – keeping hot, stuffy air out, and cool air in.

    Replace Old Equipment
    Out-of-date systems are inefficient energy wasters. Update A/C and furnaces for clean, high-efficiency units and consume up to 50 per cent less energy.

    There Goes the Sun
    Draw your curtains, blinds and close windows. This very effective strategy will keep 80 per cent of the sun’s heat from streaming through your windows.

    Air Condition Where You Are
    Be selective – shut air registers in rooms you don’t use. This will concentrate your A/C in rooms where you spend most of your time.

    Eliminate Heat Generators
    Using your dryer, oven, or dishwasher generates heat. Save these jobs for later in the day, when it’s cooler.

    Of course, many Ontarians are already saving with clean, affordable and reliable natural gas. Ontario’s switch from coal-fired generation plants has also meant a substantial improvement to air quality – with only about 45 per cent of the emissions vs. coal. Using natural gas-powered public transit vehicles also makes a difference to their communities.

    There are many more ways to keep cool in summer. Feel free to give us some tips in the comments below.

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    Gas on Both Sides of the Border

    In both Canada and the United States, natural gas is in the media spotlight. In Ontario, the discussion is about the provincial government’s relocation of two natural gas-burning power stations.

    Apparently, natural gas makes for exceptional political fodder.

    South of the border, however, Republicans and Democrats agree on something: Natural gas and its prominent future in America’s energy mix. President Barack Obama’s energy blueprint earmarks $40 million for research into safe and responsible energy production and $375 million into cleaner energy from fossil fuels. He’s also pursuing a $2 billion “energy security trust” to convert more American infrastructure to run on, as he puts it, “a hundred years’ worth of reserves in the shale under our feet.”

    They are recognizing natural gas’ role in helping industry take off again, creating jobs, and giving the consumer access to clean, affordable and reliable energy – a big part of a sustainable, independent future.

    Of course, this is all old news for Ontarians. While the world around us wakes up to the possibilities of natural gas, we’ve already had a long and fruitful relationship with the fuel for years. After all, it accounts for 1/3rd of Ontario’s energy use. Our well-established, reliable, and still growing infrastructure serves homes and businesses across Ontario. And we like it that way.

    To contribute to this discussion, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.





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    With Natural Gas in Abundance, Prosperity Can’t Be Far Behind

    The low price of abundant natural gas undoubtedly benefits consumers in terms of their home heating, hot water, and electricity bills. But bargain natural gas prices are also having some secondary benefits for the economy.

    Long flagging and in some cases dormant, the American manufacturing sector stirs once more.

    Unlocking shale gas has led to this wellspring of newfound success. European manufacturers, beleaguered by expensive inputs in their home countries, are crossing the Atlantic. Manufacturers of steel, glass, paper, fertilizers, plastics and other useful products, all count on natural gas as a critical component of their manufacturing process. And every business can benefit from cheap energy. They are, once again, viewing America as the legendary land of opportunity.

    German chemical giant, BASF, views the expansion of their American operations, pragmatically – the price of natural gas is a quarter of what it is in their country. As a result, the company is funneling in $5.7 billion of new investment and expansion.

    This trend could continue for the foreseeable future, where many companies around the world are looking to cut costs and remain competitive. In fact, nearly $20 billion in manufacturing projects are set to occur before 2015, where a million new jobs will be created by 2025, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    It all goes to prove how natural gas, once again, proves the ideal energy source – particularly for refueling an economic comeback.

    Do you think natural gas can reinvigorate the manufacturing sector in Ontario? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.