The benefits to natural gas conversion are many. We’ve discussed at length that the fuel itself is clean and less expensive. So is it as challenging to convert a home to natural gas as it is a vehicle? Maybe not. It depends on a number of things.
As in Converting Your Vehicle to Natural Gas, you’ll want to first check for availability of fuel sources by checking with your natural gas utility. Is there gas to your home? If not, is there a main line on the street that fronts your home? Some utility companies might not charge you for gas service line installation if there is a main line on your street. And if there isn’t a main in front of your home, the task will become more complex. The cost will be a bit higher if you need to bring a main line in to the front of your home. Your cost will depend on the length needed.
If gas is not piped into your home, the utility company will need to do that, and they will paint white marks to indicate natural gas. As a side point, if you have other colors on your property, red is electrical lines, cable and conduit, yellow is gas and oil, orange are communication lines, and blue is for water and irrigation.
The utility company will install the service line which will be a small diameter pipe delivering natural gas at a safer rate less pressure, and lower volume than transportation pipeline.
Before you buy your equipment, check with your utility company to see what discounts, rebates, and offers they have for converting to natural gas. They almost always have incentives to get you as a customer. Rebates might range from $300 to $1500 and some even offer free appliances with a purchase, for example, of a natural gas heating furnace.
While you’re looking for the rebates and incentives, your utility company might also have a list of preferred or certified contractors who can install the equipment for you, and connect it to the meter. They’ll need to get a permit and then have an inspection. Once you’ve passed, the inspector will place a green tag on the service line meaning you are ready to go.
Contact your utility company and ask them to activate your service.
Once that is complete, you are ready to use your cleaner burning, more efficient, and less expensively fueled appliances.
*Source: NW Natural