National Grid Natural Gas Moratorium Has Been Lifted: What This Means For Homeowners

May 23, 2019 | Rules & Regulations, Uncategorized

Earlier this month, National Grid

lifted the moratorium on natural gas conversation, from Dennis to Eastham.  This means that National Grid can start converting homes from propane to natural gas heating.  In addition, this means that National Grid expects to complete its $70 million replacement of 18.2 miles of gas main on the Cape by 2020. You can check out this article from the Cape Cod Times to learn more about the previous natural gas moratorium.

If you are interested in making this switch, then you need to make sure that your home is ready.  In order to get your house ready for natural gas on the Mid to Lower Cape, you will need to work with a licensed professional.

There are some important considerations that you need to keep in mind when converting from propane to natural gas, including:

  • Updates to Appliances
  • Impact on your Yard
  • Propane Tank Removal

Updates to Appliances

Most appliances can work with either propane or natural gas. However, it is important to keep in mind that when you are converting from propane to natural gas, your appliances will need to receive some important updates, such as special gas utilization fittings & accurate pressure levels.

These adjustments need to be completed by a certified professional.

Another thing to consider is that your appliances may not be convertible at all. In this case, you might need to buy new appliances that will work with natural gas.

Impact On Your Yard

How can you get natural gas directly to your home? Once a natural gas line is available in your neighborhood, it still needs to be delivered straight to your home. This is different from propane, where you have a tank on your property.

So, in order to deliver the natural gas line to your home, your yard will need to be impacted. The equipment used by National Grid to bring an underground natural gas line to your home under the lawn will have limited visible effects.

Propane Tank Removal

Once you’re converted to natural gas heating, what do you do with the propane tank buried in your yard or sitting above ground. Depending on whether you own or lease your propane tank, the responsibility to remove the tank from the ground could be yours or the propane company.

Professional Installation

As you go through the process of converting from propane to natural gas heating fuel, make sure you use our qualified professionals, who are proven, reputable, experienced, and licensed in the right fields of expertise.

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