Natural Gas FAQs
Find answers to our most frequently asked questions about natural gas, information on natural gas safety, available rebates and other related
natural gas topics.
Is Natural Gas Safe?
Natural gas is considered to be one of the safest and most reliable energy sources available. Not only does the natural gas industry take stringent measures to ensure the best-possible pipeline safety, but the distinct ‘rotten egg’ odor added to natural gas allows you to detect even the smallest leak. Natural gas is ‘trusted safe’ by more than 750,000 homes and businesses across Florida.
What Should I Do If I Suspect A Natural Gas Leak?
If you notice a distinct ‘rotten egg’ odor or otherwise suspect a natural gas leak, clear your home or business immediately and call 800.427.7712 (or dial 911) once you’re safely outside.
DO NOT smoke, use an indoor telephone, light a match, touch electric switches or do anything else that may cause a spark, which could result in an explosion or fire.
Maintaining Gas Safety - What Is FPU’s GRIP Program And What Are the Basics Of The Program?
The Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program (GRIP) involves the upgrading of FPU’s natural gas facilities and infrastructure, particularly the replacement of bare steel gas lines. The program was approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, and is in line with similar integrity management programs established in many other states to address public concerns regarding the reliability and safety of aging infrastructure.
Does the GRIP Program provide any additional value to the community?
GRIP efforts enhance the long-term reliability and safety of the natural gas service community members receive, and further provide local residents and businesses the opportunity to expand natural gas service to their homes or companies. The facilities replacement project is a multi-million dollar investment that promotes job growth throughout Florida.
How Do I Know If Natural Gas Is Available?
Does FPU Offer Any Rebates or Incentives For Including Natural Gas Appliances or Equipment?
FPU offers a variety of rebates and incentives to offset the initial cost of installing natural gas equipment, including:
- Up to $1,750 in rebates [link to ask4gas.wpengine.com rebate page] for residential customers who replace their existing appliances (gas or non-gas) with new natural gas appliances
- Up to $1,300 in rebates [link to ask4gas.wpengine.com rebate page] for residential customers who include natural gas appliances in new construction
- There are also substantial natural gas commercial equipment rebates at http://www.fpuc.com/naturalgas/rebates-conservation/commercial-rebates/ for business owners seeking to switch non-gas appliances or replace old gas equipment (terms and conditions apply). These rebates significantly offset upfront equipment costs, and immediately provide major monthly energy savings
Am I Eligible For A Natural Gas Rebate If I Sign Up For FPU’s WHIP Payment Plan?
Yes. However, customers who participate in the WHIP payment plan [link to ask4gas.wpengine.com whip page] will receive their appliance rebate in the form of a reduced monthly payment amount, which will be factored into a 60-month period.
How Do I Redeem My Natural Gas Rebate(s)?
In order to redeem your natural gas rebate(s), you will need to send FPU your appliance receipt/proof of purchase, proof of installation and our Customer Rebate Form.
Visit the Redeeming Rebates section of our web site for more information.
What Are The Major Benefits of Natural Gas Appliances?
What Types Of Factors Affect The Cost Of Natural Gas?
The cost of natural gas is dependent upon the volume of natural gas purchased or the type of customer. Other than associated State and Local taxes, the cost of Natural Gas consists of three components. The first component is the fuel cost, which can vary from month to month based on supply and demand in the open market. The second component is the non-fuel charge. This charge is from the Utility and is a rate established within the Utilities filed Tariff. The third component is a ‘customer’ or ‘meter’ charge. This charge is also from the Utility and is based on the volume of gas purchased or the type of customer (such as residential, commercial or industrial). Market factors also impact the cost of natural gas similar to all other commodities.
Who Do I Contact If I Need To Have My Meter Moved To A Different Location Or Removed For Demolition?
Please contact our FPU Customer Care department at 800.427.7712.
How Are Natural Gas And Propane Different?
From an operating standpoint, there are very few differences between natural gas and propane. Natural gas is mostly made up of methane and occurs naturally in nature. Propane is a byproduct of both petroleum refining and natural gas processing. Natural gas is usually measured in therms and delivered via underground pipelines. Propane is usually measured in gallons and delivered to homes and business in trucks and stored in tanks. Natural gas is typically less expensive than propane.
What Is The Difference Between Using Natural Gas To Power A Pool Heater And Electric Power To Power A Heat Pump?
Unlike gas heat, which produces heat from the combustion of natural gas, heat pumps move heat that already exists from one place to another. Air source heat pumps move heat from a cooler place to a warmer place, just like air conditioning, but in the opposite direction. Gas heaters are particularly useful for heating up water quickly. The burning gas warms a combustion chamber and the heat that’s produced is then transferred to the pool water. Because of the cost involved in operation and speed at which they warm water, gas heaters are typically recommended for pools that don’t have to be heated often. Heat pumps have one primary difficulty: they cannot operate well in cold temperatures. There is no thermal energy in the air to pull into the house, so the pumps lose their efficiency and, as temperatures drop below 50° Fahrenheit, the pump is not able to move much heat at all.
Can Natural Gas Be Used To Power An Air Conditioning System?
Yes, natural gas can be used to power air conditioning systems. This technology is primary used in commercial applications, but strides are being made for residential use.
Is There A Special License Required To Install Natural Gas Appliances?
Any licensed plumber is permitted to work on natural gas fuel lines.