Glacial Energy Blog

From stovetops to central heating systems- what do you know about your home’s natural gas?

Natural gas is one of the most important sources of fuel, and can be seen in our homes on a gas range stovetop, and can generate heat up to 2000°F (1093°C) making it a powerful domestic cooking and heating fuel. In the United States it is supplied to homes via pipes where it is used [...]

Electric circuits 101

Here’s a little recap of high school chemistry for you: Electricity is formed by charged particles that originate in atoms. An atom consists of protons, electrons and neutrons. Protons are positively charged while electrons are negatively charged. The flow of electrons between two points is known as electricity. In order for us to safely consume [...]

You can prevent electrical fires

Christmas is around the corner and now is the perfect time to calculate your electrical usage before plugging in your Christmas lights. It’s also important to take safety precautions to avoid a disastrous electrical fire. Things like faulty wiring, dry winter weather and bad electronic product choices can all act as contributing factors in a [...]

Protection 101: How to detect and conquer a gas leak

As useful as natural gas is in our daily lives, it can also create a gas hazard. You might be using gas in your home through the gas stove, dryer, central heater or even space heater. Here are 3Rs to help you detect and conquer a gas leak in your home. Recognize: If you see [...]

Kitchen fires —be prepared to strike back

If you ever are faced with a kitchen fire, you need to strike back quickly and take control before the fire gets out of hand. We all know the drop and roll rule if our clothes are on fire, but many of us might not be prepared to tackle a fire before it spreads. Have [...]

Electricity Generation 101 Part 2

Here’s a little recap from an earlier post: Energy is generated from a renewable or non-renewable source mined, harvested or collected from the earth. For every energy source, a chemical or mechanical process is required to turn it into electrical energy. The energy source then heats up water in the turbines, which makes the propellers [...]

Too Expensive to Replace Your Appliances? Follow These Useful Tips to Extend Their Use and Make Them Energy Efficient

Appliances are not cheap, and even though you might have the desire to buy energy efficient appliances for your Texas home, your bank account might not agree. If you have some older appliances that you just can’t afford to replace right now, that does not mean that you will have to give up on the [...]

Reminder: What a power outage can look like

Every so often we face a natural disaster and it leads into a power outage. The recent Super Storm Sandy gave the East Coast a harsh reminder what life without electricity can look like. This was sadly not the first time that Americans have suffered power outages following a natural disaster. Last year the East [...]

Electricity Generation 101- Part 1

We all think we know the answer to this: How many people does it take to turn on a light bulb. One, right? That’s partially true, but the real answer is much more complex because it takes many people to generate and deliver power. In order for us to learn how electricity is generated we [...]

Power out: Downed power lines during natural disasters

Super storm Sandy may be gone in many areas, but there are still potential hazards to watch for in its aftermath. It could take weeks to restore power to millions of people left in the dark by the super storm. Hurricanes are often packed with high winds. These winds, combined with flooding rains, can reap [...]

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