Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:51 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Just the facts about natural gas




I spoke recently at the Homer City Council meeting and presented the facts. If the citizens want the benefits of clean natural gas they must let the Homer City Council know how important it is. Only four people spoke in support of natural gas. Here are the facts about the natural gas transmission line from Homer to Anchor Point:

1. The cost of heating your home with natural gas versus oil will save you 62 percent of your present heating costs.

2. The cost of heating your home with natural gas versus propane will save you 80 percent of your present heating costs.

3. The cost of heating your home with natural gas versus electricity will save you 78 percent of your present heating costs.

4. The savings to the borough and us taxpayers on heating costs for the Homer area schools and the South Peninsula Hospital with natural gas versus oil will be $693,000 per year. This combined with the savings on other federal and state and borough buildings in Homer will amount to a total savings of $1,032,177 annually.

5. The cost savings of heating and cooking with natural gas will directly effect the financial well-being of our Homer area local businesses and enable them to continue to employ our local citizens.

6. Natural gas burns cleaner than oil and requires less maintenance.

7. This state alone has decades worth of proven natural gas reserves to serve our needs until a more cost effective, efficient, and reliable source of energy is available.

8. How can we not afford natural gas in Homer?

David Weber

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