This past winter with its frigid, well-below-average temperatures and heavy load of snow, gave Americans the country over a taste of the increased utility bills that are to become the new standard in the United States. This year saw the largest month-to-month increase in the cost of electricity in almost four years. The price has climbed 4.4% over the course of a year. Electricity rates are rising exponentially and are increasing at a much higher rate than gas rates. Households are spending an average of $300 more a year on electricity alone. The U.S. Department of Energy predicts that electricity prices will jump another 13% by 2020.
Why Are Utilities Costs Increasing?
The cost of electricity is on the rise because of increased concerns about the effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment and their role in the inevitable future of global climate change. As a result of environmental worries, many coal plants, which are the largest source of cheap power, are being shut down. Because there is not yet a viable, cheap, or equally effective alternative to producing energy using coal, electricity prices have shot up. During this lingering economic recession where jobs are scarce and wage increases are even scarcer, people are trying to limit their usage of electricity to save a little extra every month. The result of this, though, is that the price has increased as the demand has dropped so that households may end up paying even more for less electricity used. More vigilant and strict environmental regulations have placed increased rules and demands on producers of electricity, which have caused their operating costs to increase, producing a domino effect of increased costs.
For the first time in nearly twenty years, the United States is producing more oil than it’s importing from other countries. It’s rather surprising then that very few companies are producing American-made refined butane. In fact, the vast majority of bottled butane sold in the American market is produced overseas in either Europe or Asia.
Although butane classics like Colibri and Newport have been around for decades, they often get stuck with the “tried and true” and are averse to innovation. It is rare that a butane company comes along and does something truly different. Puretane is exactly that company.
The Very Recent History of Puretane Butane: What Makes It Different?
Adam Hopkins started Puretane just a year ago with one main idea in mind: purity. Now called the “butane cowboy,” Hopkins is an entrepreneur well known within the counter culture community for his unique products and passion. Puretane butane is just his latest venture into a new and completely untapped market.
Although most modern hospitals in the developed world certainly are not relying on butane-fueled lanterns as their primary, or even backup, light source, butane continues to play a vital role in the medical industry, and has helped advance the precision and power of medical procedures. Most patients are unaware or ignorant of the vast majority of specialized equipment and chemicals that medical professionals in dentistry, primary care, surgery, and optometry use every day to improve their health and quality of life. Across these medical disciplines, practitioners use butane-fueled torches in their daily practices. Here are a few of the specific ways in which butane is used in the medical industry.
Whether you’re a professional plumber or just the home handyman, you may rely on a soldering iron for quick repairs, installation, or electronics assembly. Although there are many types of soldering irons to choose from, there are a few reasons why a cordless butane-fueled model might be the best tool for the job.
What is a Soldering Iron?
Multi-purpose soldering irons are used across fields and professions to melt the solder, which is the malleable metal alloy that joins metal pieces together. Solders work because they have a lower melting point than the surrounding pieces of metal, so that they can be used to join together pieces that need to stay intact. Soldering irons have a heated metal tip that melts the solder and an insulated handle. Traditionally, simple soldering irons have been composed of a copper bit that was heated in a flame prior to use. Although many soldering irons are electric, some portable soldering irons are heated by the combustion of butane gas, which is stored in a small tank. Soldering irons are commonly used for:
Butane is one of the most powerful and popular fuel sources used around the world. As a highly flammable, colorless, and odorless easy liquefied gas, butane can be a health hazard when used improperly or for the wrong purposes. If you follow a simple set of safety guidelines, however, butane is one of the safest fuels to store and use both indoors and outdoors. Let’s take a look at a few of the very real risks associated with misuse of butane as well as best practices to avoid these dangers.
What are the Dangers of Butane?
Although the health risks of butane are very low when used correctly, it is a highly flammable and toxic gas that will cause serious problems when handled improperly. The risks of incorrect butane use are brutal and can be fatal.