Renewable Forms Of Energy And Natural Gas

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The State of Michigan in the upper Midwest of the United States currently relies heavily on nonrenewable energy sources including fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. As we striveto reduce the negative impacts from the use of nonrenewable resources and from our growing population, local and state governments are exploring new, renewable forms of energy, as well ashow to increase demand through conservation. Not all energy alternatives are suited for all locations, so the advantages and disadvantages of current and possible future resources will be examined. With winter quickly approaching, people in Michigan are beginning to start up their furnaces to warm their homes for the winter. There are several choices when it comes to choosing a fuel for heating homes, but electricity and natural gas are the two principal fuels. While kerosene and fuel oil used to be used more extensively, the cost of these fuels has increased, and residents have sought out alternatives. Interestingly, residents in Michigan use more LPG/propane than residents in any other state, but LPG/propane use is still behind that of natural gas and electricity. Another fuel source for heating homes that is regaining popularity in recent years is wood for home heating. The recent increase in usage may be used to the increased cost of traditional fuels (State of Michigan, 2011). The more traditional fuel sources are nonrenewable energy sources while the use of wood is renewable. Though wood from
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