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Santa Barbara Gas Line Installation

Natural gas travels to your home or office through a series of pipelines and connects to your residential or commercial utility gas meter. This meter is usually located on the outside of your structure in an area easily accessible by your utility company. The meter will typically have a metal pipe connecting from the ground to a metering unit that then connects to your home or office. It delivers and meters the natural gas used for a multitude of purposes; gas appliances, water heaters, furnaces, BBQs, etc. Although most gas lines are made of metal such as steel or copper, some are made from plastic. Due to safety and federal regulations, gas lines carry odorized gas at low pressures, such as 6 psi, in narrow pipes no larger than 2 inches in diameter.

Natural Gas Usage

Natural Gas Efficiency

Natural gas consumption continues to decrease even as overall demand for energy has risen. More energy-efficient windows, doors, and better-insulated homes can be attributed to the fall in demand. Utility-sponsored energy conservation programs and the development of increasingly more efficient natural gas appliances have all decreased our daily energy needs, keeping the cost of natural gas much lower than other energy types.

Natural Gas Savings
  • Tankless Natural Gas $171
  • Natural Gas $244
  • Electric Resistance $590
Annual Natural Gas Consumption

Efficient Natural Gas Usage Report  

Simply Better Energy

By comparing something as simple as water heaters, you can see the natural gas difference: using natural gas saves you money and benefits our environment.

Average Annual Carbon Emissions
Tankless Natural Gas: 1.1 tons
Natural Gas: 1.5 tons
Electric Resistance: 3.3 tons

Average Annual Consumption
Tankless Natural Gas: 8.6 MMBtu
Natural Gas: 26.64 MMBtu
Electric Resistance: 49.8 MMBtu

Due to the highly volatile nature of natural gas, you should always entrust the services from a reputable plumber that specializes in gas plumbing. At Jerry's Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning, we have a thorough understanding of gas plumbing, backed by specialized training and experience. We follow applicable municipal codes to make sure your work is done safely and effectively. If you need a gas line installed, detect a leak, or need gas line repairs, trust the local plumbing company that so many Santa Barbara residents recommend – Jerry's Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning. Give us a call now! Our skilled plumbers are ready to help.

There are two sides to every gas meter. One side carries natural gas from your utility company’s gas lines to your residential or commercial meter. In most cases, this side falls under the responsibility of your utility company. The other side of the meter is considered customer-owned and is the responsibility of the property owner. This means that anything from the meter to your property is your responsibility. This would include your home, appliances, and gas piping that travels from your meter underground to a barbecue, pool or spa heater, other gas appliance, etc. To properly maintain your natural gas pipelines, you should have them inspected regularly by a trusted plumbing and heating contractor to avoid corrosion and leakage.

Natural Gas Leaks

Because gas can easily spark into an explosive fire, it’s important to know the warning signs of a gas leak. Even if you can’t smell a gas leak, there are still potential risks because not all gases have a smell or noxious fumes. Some adverse effects of a slow-leaking gas line include headaches, dizziness, or nausea. Other indicative signs are dead plants, a rotten egg smell, or a hissing sound. Because natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas, the utility company adds methyl mercaptan or thiols for safety reasons to give it a distinctive putrid smell that most people assimilate to rotten eggs or sulfur.

Here are the steps you should take if you suspect a gas leak:

  1. Open all doors and windows.
  2. Call the qualified professionals at Jerry’s Plumbing at (800) 697-8875 who specialize in gas leak detection and repair.
  3. Call your local gas company. If unavailable, call your local fire department.
  4. Do NOT smoke, use any lighters, matches, appliances, or any other electrical devices.
  5. Evacuate all members of the household or office, including pets.