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How Does Natural Gas Get to Your Home?

Over half of the households in the United States use natural gas to heat their homes, but some of them may not know how it is that their home gets heated.

You probably know that natural gas is extracted from deep underground. When natural gas is extracted, however, it doesn’t have to be used right away. Natural gas can be stored underground in large storage reservoirs, so gas companies can safely store gas until it is needed.

When natural gas is needed to fuel your home, it is delivered to your home through an underground pipeline. The pipeline in Georgia is called the Atlanta Gas Light pipeline. This pipeline was started over 150 years ago and it now supplies more than 1.6 million homes, businesses and industrial facilities with clean and efficient energy.

As the natural gas travels your way through the Atlanta Gas Light pipeline, it has to pass through a city gate. This gate reduces the pressure of the gas, and it also adds the odorant to the gas to give it a smell for safety purposes. As the gas enters the meter at your home, the pressure level of the gas has been reduced one more time to make it a safe and usable level for you.

As you turn on your heat and appliances, the gas is there to fuel your home and it passes through the meter to measure your use. There are several steps on your way to getting efficient energy, but we at Walton make sure you get the energy you need! If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us!

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