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Old 02-10-2013, 07:48 PM
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I have gas heat and I read where even if you do not use it you get charged 15 dollars. Well, from the months of April through September I would say it's very likely I will not use my gas heat.

My HVAC has both a heat pump and gas heat. The gas heat only kicks in in temperatures under 45 degrees.

So I could easily get away with no gas heat from those months. So you're talking about 6 months x 15 dollars. That equals 90 bucks. I know there is a start up fee which I believe is 30 dollars? So if my calculations are correct I'd at least save 60 dollars.

Does anybody know if there is a fee to cut off the natural gas? Does anybody have it turned off during the warmer months?

I really hate to waste 60 dollars a year.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:24 AM
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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I used to do this when I rented a house, but I'm not sure it's a good idea when you're a homeowner and paying for your own maintenance--might end up costing you more in the long run:

"It is my suggestion to leave the pilot light on. The pilot light helps to keep things dry in and around the burner area. I'm not saying this is energy efficient, I am saying it will be cost effective for you. I can say from much experience, energy efficiency for the end user is not always cost effective.

What I have seen through the years and thousands of units, is turning off the pilot light causes more problems than it solves. It saves you a few pennies a day in gas but after you have one repair call to have a thermocouple replaced, and orifices cleaned, rusted/corroded parts etc., it will cost much more than what you would have ever paid for the gas to keep the pilot lit."

trun off furnace pilot for summer? Yes or no???? - Heating & Air Conditioning Forum - GardenWeb
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:33 PM
Location: Coastal South Carolina
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Why do they charge for this if you do not use it! I might move back one day to VB and think this is silly! I use natural gas heat here in Charleston, SC and do not get charged when it is warm out, like it is here much of the time! What crooked Natural Gas Energy Company is this??
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:43 PM
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I found this on their website. Seems more trouble than it's worth to turn it off. In the long run you only save 20$.

Leave It On...
You pay a minimum monthly charge, but you’ll have assurance of gas service during unseasonably cool weather. You also save a reconnection charge. Any time service is disconnected and reconnected in a nine-month period, the reconnection charge is $40. Additional charges also may apply to inspect, adjust and light certain appliances.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:08 PM
Location: From TX to VA
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Spazkat, I can vouch for that last part.

In the fall of 2011 into the winter of 2012, the city completed a drainage project in our neighborhood. The project involved moving a gas line. Our water heater is gas. So the gas had to be turned off while the line was moved. The construction company turned off the pilot light. They would not relight it until Virginia Natural Gas came out and inspected it. The logistics of trying to get everyone here at the same time was crazy. We ended up having it turned off on a weekday morning and it wasn't relit until the next evening.
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