Declare Your Energy Independence!

Last year the U.S. spent more than $450 billion on foreign oil. That’s enough to pay off almost 40% of our national debt to China. And as 2012 rolls on, we’re set to repeat this unfortunate pattern. Every day millions of Americans (not me!) fill their cars with gasoline and by doing so effectively ship money abroad.

In response, Chesapeake Energy Corporation has launched a campaign to allow everyday folks like you and I to declare our energy independence, to stand up and say, “This is not okay.” Click here to get involved, have your voice heard and be added the growing list of Americans who prefer American energy to OPEC oil.

Energy independence isn’t something that will happen overnight. Although filling up with natural gas is very similar to filling up with gasoline, freeing ourselves from the 38-year stranglehold OPEC has on us will take a serious shift in consumer behavior. As our growing community here is testament to, progress is being made. Drivers everywhere are coming in droves and demanding CNG options. Likewise fleets and local governments are crunching the numbers and seeing that CNG is the logical choice. The City of Los Angeles, AT&T, UPS and Waste Management are just some who have made the switch.

Natural gas-powered vehicles are playing an increasingly important role as our nation strives for energy independence. As a driver or just as someone who hopes to one day have their vehicle powered by natural gas, your support is paramount. Our biggest barrier is a lack of knowledge. Your advocacy – your involvement in this community – is bridging that gap. Keep up the good work!

As Independence Day approaches, it’s an appropriate time for all of us to reflect on what we are doing to make a difference in our country. Start by declaring your energy independence, but don’t let this week pass by without telling a friend about the freedom that comes with driving a natural gas vehicle.

Check out the video below to see why it’s time we take matters into our own hands.

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why does it cost $12K more for a GM natural gas powered truck. i remember back in the day converting to propane cost under $1000 ??  it required a "shower head" installed between the carb and the air cleaner and a few solenoid valves to switch fuel along with a tank.
CNG is under pressure to make it liquid. Propane is not. The tank is where the majority of the cost is. All of the new cars and trucks on the road are fuel injected, very different set up. Check it out with CNG Interstates in Edmond, OK.
Though CNG is a gas, Kelly is correct that the primary cost of conversion is the tank. However, more efficient and affordable tanks are in the works. It's also important to note that many states offer financial incentives for making the switch!
One of the difficulties I have had when researching alternative fuel vehicles is the price discrepancy compared to the gasoline alternative.  In a lot of the cases, the expense has negated the cost benefits of the move in a 5 year sample window.

Redsand - you bring up a good point. Financially (without any incentives), you probably need to drive about 30k miles per year. However, many states have incentives and we think that CNG is a long-term, American solution.
These company's tha charge $12000 for a basic one tank conversion are over charging period no reason ! why are they  yes they have a nice place chad and every resource available but there is smaller shops that can do a nice install with the best equipment and great technology for much much less . Guys that want every american to save a buck ...  veteran owned and cherokee Indian owned !
I just got back from Afghanistan,while over there I researched CNG and bought a Kit and installed it on my 2006 GMC truck, its the best thing I have done in a long time. It cost me 19 dollars to fill the tank,the tank is GGE 10 us gallons,its a good start, I only have one filling station in town but thats ok,I have more time than money, I think if it ever gets too popular,the gov will tax it to death,now is the time to run it while you can. My kit was 2100 with the tank, Im a mechanic it took me about a week not working on it but a few hours at a time. If anyone needs a kit installed I can do it for about 1500 so your total cost will be around 3500, so do the math. Its a good deal. 910-494-2893
I've been amazed how many in the CNG sales industry cannot answer the Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (GGE) energy content for varying fuel cylinder sizes. So, I figured it out myself: All figures as examples:
Equations for Fuel Content: Figures:
•Gasoline:  BTU content per Gasoline Gallon:  114,000BTUs
•GGE: Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent for CNG Fuel
•CNG Fuel Cylinder: 9.1 GGE capacity
•MCF (Standard Cubic Foot): 1 Million BTUs
•GGE per MCF: 8.772

Determining CNG Energy Content per MCF (1 Million BTUs): 
•GGE per MCF: 1,000,000 BTUs (MCF)/114,000 BTUs (BTUs per Gallon of Gasoline) = 8.772 GGE per MCF

Determining Cost per GGE: Assumes $6.00 Cost to Retailer per MCF:
•$6.00 cost per MCF /8.772 GGE = $0.68 per GGE

Determining GGE Cost by Fuel Cylinder Size:  Assumes Price per MCF of $6.00
•9.1 GGE Fuel Cylinder x 114,000 BTUs per Gasoline Gallon = 1.037MCF (1,037,400 BTUs)
•($6.00 cost per MCF / 1,000,000) x 1,037,400 BTUs per 9.1 GGE Fuel Cylinder  = $6.22 Cost per GGE

Gross Vehicle Savings for CNG vs. Gasoline per GGE: 
Assumes $3.70 Cost per Gasoline Gallon and $.68 Cost per GGE
•$3.70 Average Price per Gallon of  Gasoline - $.68 supplier cost per GGE =  $3.02  Savings per GGE
•9.1 Gallons of Gasoline vs. 9.1 GGE CNG Fuel Cylinder
*9.1  x $3.70 = $33.67 cost of 9.1 Gasoline Gallons
*9.1 x $.68 = $6.19 cost of 9.1 GGE
*Fuel Savings over Gasoline per 9.1 Gasoline Gallons /9.1 GGE Fuel Cylinder = $27.48
*Fuel Savings per 10 fills: $274.80
*Fuel Savings per 425 MCN Fleet Vehicles

Determining Energy Content and GGE Size of a 3,600 psi Fuel Cylinder:
•Cubic Feet of Fuel Cylinder Must be Known (determined where necessary)
•10 Cubic Feet x 3,600 psi  / 14.73 Standard Atmospheric Pressure = 2.4 MMCF  (or 2,443,991 BTU’s)
•2,443,991BTUs / 114,000 BTUs = 21.4 GGE  CNG Fuel Cylinder
Fuel Measurement Notes:
•MCF can range in BTU content based on the energy content held within a cubic foot from 920 to 1,010 BTU per MCF
•A standard cubic foot is the quantity of gas filling one cubic foot of volume at  60 degrees Fahrenheit and 14.73 psia (pressure per square inch actual  - at standard atmospheric pressure)

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