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Typically trends happen in clothes or music… but these days, the trendiest thing for one to do is to “go green.” For those who want to go further than recycling, getting good gas mileage and eating local – there’s the trend of calculating your carbon footprint. This means knowing exactly how much energy it takes to grow, transport, cook and consume things that you buy, eat and use.

The American Gas Association recently posted its own blog on this exact issue. And, they compared – no, not apples to oranges – but beans to beans, a navy or northern bean, for example. The question being, is it more carbon neutral to cook your beans on an electric or natural gas stove top.

You’ve probably already guessed – considering this is The Bridge (a natural gas blog) – but here’s why. Let’s say you need to simmer those navy beans for three hours on the stove top. The AGA blog says cooking five ounces of beans for that long would require only about 5,600 BTUs of energy on a natural gas stove versus as much as 16,500 BTUs on an electric stove top. 

The reason is something called “direct use.” Natural gas loses only about 10 percent of its usable energy in the journey from wellhead to burner, making it extremely efficient.

To read the full Greenest Bean blog and find out more about natural gas efficiency in your home, check out the AGA’s blogs here.

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