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bsmit11

05:42AM | 10/14/04
Member Since: 10/13/04
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I just moved into a house built in 1970 and my gas bills have been enormous. Gas runs the water heater, furnace, and fireplace. I'm in Georgia, so the only thing I've been using is the water heater, which is relatively new itself. The gas company says the gas plumbing circulates itself through the plumbing, therefore constantly tripping the meter. So, I'm getting charged for gas I'm not even using. I'm not sure I believe this because my friends and family have never heard of this before. Has anybody heard of this? Is there a remedy or should I switch from gas to electric? Thanks.

homebild

07:20AM | 10/15/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
694 lifetime posts
Can't tell you whether or not to switch from gas to electricity, but in my part of the US (Northeast) electricity has been far cheaper to run the complete energy requirements of a home than natural gas liquid propane or oil for nearly 5 years now...and with the price of oil and natural gas at their highest points ever, it certainly may be a better option to consider electric.

But you'll have to do some math to calculate what you pay for a Kwh of electricity vs a therm of gas...and it will all have to do with your base price for each.

Round here we pay 5-6 cents for a KWH of electricity and that is FAR cheaper than natural gas.

LonnythePlumber

05:29PM | 10/18/04
There must be some miscommunication with the gas company. There is no system that would recirculate your ounces of gas pressure after the regulator by the meter, to tie into the pounds of pressure before your meter and regulator. The most frequent cause of high gas is a leaking gas line. Cap off your lines, install an air gauge and see if it holds 10 pounds.
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