Benefits of Natural Gas

Benefits of Natural Gas

Effective

  • Natural gas costs less to use than all other fossil fuels and electricity.
  • More than 99 out of 100 professional chefs prefer natural gas. The other guy makes sushi.
  • Natural gas dries clothes in roughly half the time, at half the cost, with fewer wrinkles than its electric counterpart.
  • Instant temperature control when cooking with natural gas range.
  • With a natural gas tank-less water heater, you can take a shower all day long. It heats water faster than you use it.
  • Natural gas tank water heaters refresh much faster and cost much less to use than electric.
  • More than 70% of the nation heats their homes with natural gas. The other 30% doesn’t have a pipeline nearby or hasn’t signed up yet.
  • For all of the above reasons, homes with natural gas, on average, have a 6% higher resale value than non-gas homes. (Source: NHBA – National Home Builders Association)

Reliable

  • After a hurricane or storm, when the power goes out, people with natural gas water heaters and ranges can still take hot showers and cook meals until the power comes back.
  • Natural gas stand-by generators are also available, capable of powering an entire household, to sustain operation for all standard electric appliances as well.

Environmentally Friendly

  • The direct use of natural gas by homes and businesses dramatically reduces the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. (Imagine if the entire world switched to natural gas and stopped using so much oil and coal.)
  • The more compressed natural gas (CNG) used for transportation, the less foreign oil needed to import.

Domestic

  • Natural gas is America’s own natural resource - building independence from foreign oil.
  • In Florida, because of natural gas’ affordability and clean burning nature, 85% of the natural gas consumed in Florida is by power companies.
  • We have enough natural gas in the America’s to last for hundreds of years.

What is natural gas?

Natural gas is a naturally occurring fuel extracted from deep within the earth. It is not one gas but a mixture of various naturally-occurring gases. The types of gases in this stew vary from well to well. Natural gas is primarily methane, but also contains other flammable gases such as propane, butane, carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Since natural gas is colorless and odorless in its native state, it is mandatory by the Federal Government to use an odorant to make it readily detectable.

What should I do when there is a strong gas odor in the house?

1. Leave the house immediately.

2. DO NOT make calls from your home. Phones are capable of producing a spark, which could start a fire or explosion. Contact the City of Lake City at (386) 752-2031 from a phone outside and away from your home. 

3. DO NOT light a match or other combustible material. Likewise, DO NOT turn any light switches on or off, and DO NOT plug or unplug electrical appliances such as a television or vacuum cleaner. These activities also can produce a spark that could start a fire or explosion. 

4. Do not re-enter the house until the gas company finds the source of the leak and corrects it.

Is it safe to use the gas meter for electric bonding?

No! Electric bonding to or use of Lake City Natural Gas service piping, gas risers or meter facilities for electric grounding is not permitted. Use caution when touching gas meters. Faulty household appliances or faulty household electrical wiring could inadvertently introduce electricity to gas facilities.

 

 

What are other properties of natural gas?

  • Natural Gas is Nontoxic
    Natural gas contains no toxic poisonous ingredients that can be absorbed into the blood when inhaled.
  • Natural Gas is Lighter Than Air
    If natural gas escapes into the atmosphere, it dissipates rapidly. A heavier-than-air gas, such as propane or gasoline fumes, would settle and accumulate near the ground.
  • Natural Gas is Colorless
    When mixed with the proper amount of air and ignited, invisible natural gas burns with a clean, blue flame. It is one of the cleanest burning fuels, producing primarily heat, carbon dioxide and water vapor.
  • Natural Gas is Odorless
    When taken from the ground, natural gas is odorless. A harmless but pungent odor is added as a safety precaution. The odorant is so powerful you can smell even the smallest quantity of gas in the event of a leak.
  • Natural Has Narrow Combustion Limits
    This helps ensure predictable, safe use. Natural gas will only ignite when there is an air-and-gas mixture of between 5 and 15 percent natural gas. Any mixture containing less than 5 percent or greater than 15 percent natural gas will not ignite.
  • Natural Gas Reduces Our Dependence on Foreign-oil Imports
    More than 90 percent of the natural gas Americans use comes from the lower 48 states. The rest comes from Canada.
  • Natural Gas Contributes to a Cleaner Environment
    It is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel available. It helps improve air and water quality, especially when used in place of more polluting energy sources. When natural gas burns, virtually no harmful pollutants are produced.


Are all gas department employees required to be qualified to work with or around Natural Gas?

Yes! The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final operator qualification (OQ) rule in August 1999 that was the result of negotiation among federal pipeline safety officials, America Gas Association (AGA) and allied natural gas industry representatives and others. The rule gave operators until October 26, 2002, to qualify the workforce performing covered tasks during pipeline operations and maintenance. This effort was successfully completed.

The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 directed DOT to put in place standards and criteria to evaluate such programs, and issue a report to Congress. To comply with the law, AGA and other pipeline industry representatives worked with state and federal regulators to develop “audit protocols” to aid regulators in evaluating operator qualification programs. Stakeholders also developed computer-based software and other technology to support a national infrastructure for operator qualification programs.

The DOT report to congress concluded that:

  • Operators showed a strong willingness to quickly address inspection findings and improve their OQ programs.
  • Events attributable to human error and to operator excavation damage have been on a downward trend over the last five years. Because the number of such events is small, and because operator programs continue to mature, it is too soon to attribute these trends with great certainty to the OQ program.

AGA expects DOT to make minor modifications to the OQ regulation. The national trade associations support adding requirements for training when appropriate and a five-year maximum requalification interval. The trade associations do not endorse including new construction in the OQ program, but note that many AGA member companies have voluntarily include new construction in the OQ programs.

The Pipeline Safety Act of 2006 requires DOT to issue regulations to address fatigue and other human factors for pipeline controllers by June 1, 2008. The OQ program will likely be a major element in satisfying the human factors portion of the new regulation.

Natural Gas Rebate FAQ's

Rebate FAQ’s

 

How do I qualify for a rebate?

Qualifying is simple. All you have to do is live in the Lake City service area and replace and/or convert an existing appliance with a qualified new natural gas appliance. Please see our rebate page for full details on qualifying appliances.

Can I install the appliance myself?

Yes. However, all work must be permitted and inspected prior to applying for a rebate.

Do the rebates apply to other appliances such as stoves, fireplaces, gas grills or generators?

Yes! Lake City now offers conversion rebates on the following natural gas appliances: furnaces, ranges, dryers, water heaters (tank and tankless), wall or floor heaters, generators, fire logs, natural gas lights, pool heaters and grills. Please see our rebate page for full details.

What documents are required to get a rebate?

After your new appliance has been permitted, installed and inspected, all you need is a completed rebate form and a copy of your invoices.

At what point in the process can I apply for the rebate?

You may apply for the rebate after your new appliance has been installed and passed inspection.

Do I have to use a particular plumber to qualify for the rebate?

No, the choice is yours.

How soon can I expect my rebate check?

Rebate checks are processed monthly and usually arrive in four to six weeks.

Is there an expiration date to apply for the rebate?

Yes, 60 days from the installation date of the appliance.

How do I request gas connection to my house?
Your gas appliance installer makes the request for you, when requesting a City permit for gas appliance installations.

What is the charge for a gas pipe connection from the street to the house?
There is no “tap” fee for natural gas. You or your contractor can contact the City to have a new service line run to your home. There is, however, a deposit for new natural gas customers. For residential customers, this deposit is a $100 base fee with a BTU calculation added in.

How long does it take to get the tap?
About one to two weeks.

What are the advantages of using natural gas?
Natural gas continues to be the best value for your energy dollar. Compared to electricity, natural gas appliances can cost less than half as much to operate. As a gas customer you'll enjoy savings up to almost 50% on your heating, water heating, clothes drying and cooking costs! More importantly gas is a safe, reliable, and environmentally-friendly energy source.

Natural Gas Rebate Process

City of Lake City Sales & Marketing Program

Process for Rebate Form Submission

Click HERE to download the Rebate Form, or HERE for a list of approved contractors.

Scenario 1 – Contact the City first

  1. Contact the City to have the natural gas meter turned off (service order issued). City personnel can give the rebate form to the customer at that time.
    1. Or, customer can call Customer Service, go online to City website, or come in to City Hall to get the rebate form.
  2. Customers have appliance(s) installed.
  3. Customer or Contractor completes the rebate form, the customer signs it, and gives the completed form to the Gas Dept when they arrive to turn the gas meter back on and inspect the appliance installation. Gas Dept will sign the rebate form.
    1. Completed rebate form can also be mailed, emailed, or dropped off in person to Customer Service.
  4. Gas Dept will turn in signed rebate forms to Customer Service.
  5. Customer Service will close out the service order and submit it to the Accounting Dept who will then issue rebate check to the customer.

Scenario 2 – Contact the Contractor first

  1. Customer contacts a Contractor.
  2. Contractor can give the rebate form to the customer.
  3. Contractor calls the City to report gas appliance(s) being installed/replaced. City then issues service order and shuts off gas meter (or allows contractor to shut off the meter).
  4. Customers have appliance(s) installed
  5. Customer or Contractor completes the rebate form, the customer signs it, and gives the completed form to the Gas Dept when they arrive to turn the gas meter back on and inspect the appliance installation. Gas Dept will sign the rebate form.
    1. Completed rebate form can also be mailed, emailed, or dropped off in person to Customer Service.
  6. Gas Dept will turn in signed rebate forms to Customer Service.

Customer Service will close out the service order and submit it to the Accounting Dept who will then issue rebate check to the customer.

Natural Gas Dealer Network

City of Lake City    
Dealers Network    
     
PLUMBING PHONE WEBSITE
Hometown Plumbing 386-754-6140
Wolfe Plumbing 386-935-0616
Barrs Plumbing 386-752-8656 www.barrsplumbinginc.com/
Express Plumbing Inc. 386-867-0269 www.expressplumbing.co
Vertical Plumbing 386-755-1568 www.facebook.com/verticalplumbing/?fref=ts
Lake City Plumbing 904-259-3132
Paradise Plumbing 386-288-6407
Plumbing Now 386-755-9243 www.callplumbingnow.com/
Pure Plumbing 386-755-3357
     
     
HVAC PHONE WEBSITE
Cook's Heat and Air 386-752-7136 www.cooksair.com/
Country Comfort Heat and Air 386-752-5841 www.countrycomfortair.com/
Maples Heating and Air Conditioning 386-752-9154 www.hvacserviceslakecity.com/
     
     
APPLIANCE STORES PHONE WEBSITE
Certified Plumbing Supply 386-752-4817
The Home Depot 386-755-0761 www.homedepot.com/l/Lake-City/FL/Lake-City/32055/6864

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