Natural Gas Bans - It All Began in Berkeley

December 20, 2019

Natural Gas Bans - It All Began in Berkeley

By: Chris Y.

As the cold weather sets into Canada and the USA, people are beginning to turn up their thermostat and burn more natural gas to keep warm. 

In Ontario and Alberta, Canada, Natural gas heating is standard practice. While Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia have access to ample sources of low cost clean electricity, which most people use to heat their homes. 

While gas companies try to sell natural gas as clean. Progressive jurisdictions in California understand that methane (a by-product natural gas) is 80x’s worse than CO2. Because of the significant environmental impact that comes with natural, as many as 50 cities and counties in California have taken steps to ban or reduce the use of Natural Gas.  

The cities taking action on climate change by banning natural gas include: Carlsbad, Berkley, Windsor, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Monica, Menlo Park, San Jose, Davis, Marin County, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Milpitas, Alameda, Santa Rosa, Pacifica, Mill Valley, Saratoga, Brisbane, Los Gatos and Healdsburg. These jurisdictions are leading the charge against the harmful effects of Natural Gas on Climate change.

While this trend to ban Natural gas in California is relatively recent. It follows similar initiatives in other jurisdictions, including the UK who announced similar bans earlier this year. 

For those concerned with climate change, this will be welcome news. However, recent data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite and reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that oil and gas exploration is likely far more damaging to the environment than initially thought. Reporting by Hiroko Tabuchi of the New York Times shows that hidden leaks from the oil and gas industry are a major concern that go undetected by the human eye.

It is through an appreciation of the environmental impacts of natural gas heating, that Art of Heat began. We began our search for environmentally friendly heating solutions that will suit the Canadian market almost two years ago. And, after looking looking technically viable heating options, we began working with partners from California who gave us Canadians, a new appreciation for the wide ranging heating needs in communities across North America. This has led us to creating an energy efficient heating offering designed around highly efficient far-infrared heat solutions, that can be deployed in homes, offices, restaurants, warehouses and other areas where heating is needed.  

Because far-infrared is an electric heat source, jurisdictions like Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba who have virtually CO2 free electricity grids can achieve nearly 100% Greenhouse Gas reductions by converting to far-infrared Heat, while cutting the demand from electric baseboard or heat pumps by up to 50%. 

In these locations, the environmental benefits of converting from natural gas are significant.  For those who already heat with electricity, the cost savings can be quite attractive. 

While not every jurisdiction has a clean electricity grid, customers who wish to utilize wind or solar electricity are able to heat their buildings with a low carbon footprint. 

Making the change to low carbon heating need not be difficult, and can start with a simple Art of Heat plug-in heater that lowers a portion of your heating needs.