A Starter Guide in Getting a New Gas Connection
Getting a New Gas Connection.
When you are moving to a new home, there are some essential things that you will need. A working gas connection is surely one of them. Imagine living in a house where you are unable to cook due to the absence of a proper gas connection. Well, it can really be tough and frustrating! Before you shift to a new property, make sure you get a new gas connection set up and working. By making your connection application in advance, it will be ready for use when you shift to the home. You need to get in touch with a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) in your area. These distribution companies provide and maintain the overall infrastructure of the gas supply network. You need to understand that these providers do not own or sell the gas, they just distribute it. They will bill you for the amount of gas you use.
So, the first thing you need to do is find a licensed gas distributor operating in your area. You will need
- A Licensed gas service provider
- Gas transporters for the connection
- A gas supplier for a meter and supply
Gas Connection Process
- For the application process, you may have to submit maps of a plot location and consent forms if the distribution is done over a third party land.
- Once you make the application, you need to focus on the infrastructure part of the connection. Get an engineer to install the gas appliances, pipes, and meter in your home. The engineer will suggest the location of the meter cabinet and the path of the supply pipe. The meter cabinet needs to install as per the specification of the gas company on an external wall of the property.
- Consult the engineer for options in meter box that you can choose from. You can opt for a closed or a built-in cabinet to make sure that the meter is protected and hidden from plain sight. But building this cabinet or box will be at your expense.
- Understand the options for reinstatement, excavation and creating provisions for meter box. Keep in mind the guidelines provided by the gas company before finalising the details.
- Consult the engineer for options in meter box that you can choose from. You can opt for a closed or a built-in cabinet to make sure that the meter is protected and hidden from plain sight. But building this cabinet or box will be at your expense
Gas connection is a utility that requires monthly payment! So, make sure you shop around for the best prices and service.
- Take quotations from different gas companies that are supplying gas in your area. Researching and taking quotes will help you get the best prices. Always look for a second opinion and search for your quote to get a reduced price. You can also apply for connection and get quotations online. To check whether a particular provider supplies in your area or not, visit their website and go to the domestic map. Enter your area address and submit. You will know whether they supply in your area or not.
- Once the quotation is finalised, your contractor will give you an estimated timeline of lead times, works schedule and more.
- Check all the above details mentioned in a contract before signing it. You need to make the payment while signing the contract.
- After the contract is signed, you will be given an indication of the connection date. Depending on your connection date, you can request the provider to install the meter.
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