Category Archives: Gases

How Gas Pressure is Explained Through Water and Bubbles

Throughout the natural gas journey, one of the challenges is lowering gas pressure along the way in order to fit the appliance need for a consumer. The transition to usage means reducing as much as 1,200 pounds of pressure (PSI) all the way down to one-quarter PSI that gas appliances operate at. This is made possible through the help of the gas pipeline system, specifically gathering lines (715 PSI), transmission lines (200-1,200 PSI), and distribution lines (¼-60 PSI.) However, it isn’t the pipeline itself that lowers the gas pressure, especially when the resource reaches the distribution part of the process. This is where the regulator enters the story. Continue reading

Bringing Digital Options to Gas Utilities

In the natural gas industry, it takes a lot more than a good product to provide exceptional service to the whole community. With safety and efficiency being the leading attributes to a successful gas utility, the industry will thrive by continuing to invest in new (and digital) processes. Thankfully, there are apps and traceability tags for that. Continue reading

How We Get That Gas Tight Seal

svengraph_lifesaverWithout gas valves, the natural gas distribution process wouldn’t be as efficient and safe as it is today. In addition to controlling gas flow within a structure, these lifesavers are also considered the primary shut off for meter service, which is largely due to their gas tight seal.
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When Meter Adapters Meet Meter Standardization

Do you remember, just a decade ago, when every cell phone type seemed to have its own charger to go with it? Many people couldn’t share chargers and a new one was required with the purchase of a new phone. Gas utilities have to deal with the same concept when it comes to switching out meters and matching meter connection sizes. However, the use of meter adapters makes the concept of gas meter standardization not just a reality, but also the most practical solution. (highlight to tweet) Continue reading

From Dinosaurs to Fossil Fuels

flameSince the year 1,000 B.C., civilization has been taking advantage of the many benefits natural gas provides to our everyday lives. As a common ingredient found in certain products such as paints and medicines, along with the fuel that powers our favorite appliances, natural gas has quickly become an essential energy source and component to our survival. Continue reading

Shedding Some Light on ‘Light Size’ Meter Connections

It takes the collaboration of many parts and pieces in order to provide the proper amount of natural gas to a home. Between BTUs, inches of water column, and PSI, the terminology used in measuring high pressure gas parts really keeps the industry itself connected. When it comes to meter connections in particular, there’s one measurement that stands out from the rest and that’s ‘light size’. Continue reading

When Rust Strikes

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You know the rust that clings to all your favorite things, such as your bike, car, or maybe even the swingset? We all know that the moment you see that orange-ish brown substance, it only goes downhill from there – much like the movie The Blob. However, the first step in pinpointing where rust comes from is recognizing that what these possessions all have in common is that they’re metal-based. Continue reading

Meter Tampering: Picking the Pockets of Honest Customers

It’s common knowledge that if you want access to a public utility’s service on your property, then you are required to pay for it. Seen as one of the necessary costs to maintaining a home or building, most people succumb to taking full responsibility of their energy intake and pay the fees without question. Continue reading

Taking the Headache Out of Gas Meter Change-Outs

For utility companies, having to shut off access to gas for one reason or another is a headache when working on a building that contains more than one gas meter, such as apartments. Not only does this require a scheduled appointment with the customer but it also leaves the utility company responsible for anything that can potentially go wrong throughout the process. Continue reading