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Barbados recognizes natural gas as a superior fuel source with significant environmental benefits. The operations of BNOCL have therefore been geared towards the maximization of the use of this product.

As a result of careful planning, Barbados has a natural gas distribution system which is second to none in the developing world and comparable to that of developed countries. This system is constantly growing. In 1987 there were 8147 domestic and 400 commercial customers supported by 172 miles of transmission and distribution mains.

The current network infrastructure contains 38 miles of transmission and 308 miles of distribution mains which enables deliveries in eight (8) eight parishes in the island stretching from St. Peter in the north to St. Philip in the south of the island.

There are 16,575 Domestic & 640 commercial customers on the natural gas network.

The domestic customers primarily use of natural gas is for cooking.

Natural gas is also used in the industrial and commercial sectors by bakeries, laundries, restaurants, light manufacturing industries and hotels. All natural gas in excess of the domestic and industrial supplies is sold to the Barbados Light & Power Company on an interruptible basis and used for power generation at their Spring Garden facility.

Barbados has also started a programme aimed at the further diversification of the use of natural gas for use in air conditioning.


Energy Tips

  • Make sure you turn off all lights and electronic utilities when you leave a room...

  • Use energy efficient bulbs, such as fluorescent lights with lower wattage. ..

  • Remember to turn off all external lighting during daytime. ..

  • Use motion detectors instead of other external lighting fixtures during the night. ..

  • Instead of mobile fans and air condition units, use ceiling fans instead, since they utilise less energy. ..

  • Ensure that refrigerator seals are airtight. ..

  • For gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. ..

  • Make sure electrical fixtures are operating efficiently.  Malfunctioned equipment may use twice or more times the electricity.  Perform scheduled maintenance on all appliances. ..

  • Clean all electrical appliances to ensure efficient output of your appliances.  It would ensure longevity in your appliances. ..

  • Avoid using multiple electrical devices at any one time. ..

  • Use solar devices, such as solar water heaters instead of electric water heaters. ..

  • Monitor gasoline usage when carrying out daily activities and reduce daily mileage. ..

  • Carpooling can reduce individual gasoline usage. ..

  • Try healthier modes of transportation such as walking or riding. ..

  • Minimise the use of the air condition unit in your vehicle as it increases fuel consumption. ..

  • Purchase more energy efficient vehicles.  The savings made from such an investment are clear. ..

  • Utilising renewable or alternative fuels reduce harmful hydrocarbon emissions which can be detrimental to our health and foster a cleaner environment.  Renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal energy can be used to generate electricity and have been used for water heating and lighting.  Natural gas is a prime alternative to gasoline as it produces 30% less green house emissions. .....