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Old 02-14-2010, 09:01 AM
 
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Default Natural Gas in Sarasota?

I'm building a home in Sarasota and was wondering if natural gas is an option?
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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I'm building a home in Sarasota and was wondering if natural gas is an option?
Depends where you are building. I know it's available within the city core, but it is not available up where I am on the north end of town.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Gas is available only on very major roads and industrial areas. It is not available to residential areas. If you want gas, you have to have a propane tank.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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It's on proctor road and not in the city limits. I've also been looking at solar energy but that's sobdang expensive up front. How does propane compare to natural gas or fpl?
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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It's on proctor road and not in the city limits. I've also been looking at solar energy but that's sobdang expensive up front. How does propane compare to natural gas or fpl?
I'm not sure what the difference would be cost wise for natural vs propane. While you are paying for delivery of propane, you're not paying for the infrastructure to run gas pipes into every neighborhood, so I'd think that the cost will probably be similar. Of course natural gas would have to be available to the house, which as others have pointed out it isn't.

Depending upon what appliances you run as gas, and the energy star ratings of the appliances, propane should be cheaper than electric in the long run. You can get pretty good numbers from the appliances you are looking at, and should be able to compare the cost of gas delivery to the electric cost. Another benefit of gas is that you can shop around for service, where you are stuck buying electric from one source. Last time we looked at converting our house they offered us a lot of free gas credits for having the house converted. There will also probably be some rebates / credits on the gas appliances. I'd contact a couple of the local gas companies and find out whats available.
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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So there is no way you can get a natural gas hook up if it's not already in place?
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:47 PM
 
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So there is no way you can get a natural gas hook up if it's not already in place?
Not if there is no service to the area. If there are gas lines available in a neighborhood, you can hook up. I had natural gas when I used to live in downtown Sarasota, but I can't get it up here in Whitfield.
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Old 02-14-2010, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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From Bee Ridge Rd going down US 41 coming back up Clark Rd to I75 (Proctor Rd is in the middle of this area), to my knowledge it's only available in a few small areas. If I remember right it's available in a few areas off of Wilkinson Rd. Then in Oak Leaf, Villa Rosa, Oak Woods, and Marblehead.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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So none of the areas east of 75 on proctor road have natural gas capabilities?
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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In the above reference I was talking about the areas west of I75. If you take the area around Proctor Rd east of I75 then I believe the two areas that have natural gas is Secluded Oaks or Tuscana. There could be more but those are the two that I'm aware of.
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