Our homes are connected to both mains gas and electric connections. These allow us to heat our homes, cook our food and use all the electrical appliances that we own. More and more people are looking at ways in which they can reduce their energy use, and this can be done by looking at your meter boxes on a regular basis and submitting the readings to your energy supplier. It is important that you check your Gas Meter Box is secure, and if you need any repairs or a replacement, you can speak with companies like www.meterbox.co.uk/gas-meter-boxes.
Domestic gas is supplied to our homes directly, but it often makes quite a journey to get there.
Methane is the primary component of natural gas, and it forms deep beneath the earth’s surface. Over millions of years, layers of dying plant and animal material have been forced together under intense heat and pressure. This then creates gas.
In order to obtain natural gas from the earth, it is necessary to drill wells. It is necessary to build a gas platform in the ocean if the gas is below the seabed, such as in the North Sea, where the gas can be found. The gas is then piped to refineries on land once it has been extracted from the ground. The methane is then separated from the propane and butane in order to purify the gas. There is then a storage process, in which the gas is pumped into a country’s distribution network, and then a meter is used to bring the gas into your home.
Natural gas is one of the world’s major sources of energy. The UK’s single largest source of natural gas is derived from the UK Continental Shelf, and most of the imports come from countries such as Norway.
It is estimated that around one-fifth of the UK’s gas supply comes from liquefied natural gas (LNG). In order to create a liquid, it is necessary to cool down gas to a temperature of below -160°C. In comparison to natural gas, liquefied natural gas occupies six hundred times less space than natural gas. This allows it to be transported by special temperature-controlled ships in large quantities. This makes it much more effective to transport.