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Cost of connecting house to gas?

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SunsetSongster Fri 22-Mar-13 12:59:00

If our house sale/purchase EVER goes through we will be moving to a house with no gas. There is mains gas up to the property but not connected. In the long term we would like to fit GCH but can't afford it at the moment.

I am very sad about losing our gas hob and am thinking about looking into getting it connected just for this. Does anyone have any idea how much this would cost? How much would connecting to gas canisters be instead? I'm not even sure who I would ask to quote/do the work so any pointers would be much appreciated.

nocake Fri 22-Mar-13 15:23:31

Pick any gas supplier and ask them about fitting a gas meter. Then contact a Gas Safe registered plumber to talk about getting the supply from the meter to wherever you want it in the house.

Brugmansia Fri 22-Mar-13 15:35:27

I'm looking into this at the moment. Stay by calling British gas on 0800 072 5280.

From what I understood when I called them just fitting a new meter and reconnecting is free. If any work needs to be done, eg new pipes, then that will cost and a separate company does that. The cost depends on what needs doing. BG can give you info on who does that work in your area. When I spoke to them they also confirmed they had a record of a previous supply to our house.

I'm guessing that one the gas is reconnected you'll need to get a separate plumber to sort out connecting to the hob.

MisForMumNotMaid Fri 22-Mar-13 15:41:05

page2 of the first PDF has connection costs to give you a feel

janek Fri 22-Mar-13 15:50:57

I had to do this 11 years ago when we first moved in - there was gas in the street, but not up to the house (even though there was an old, cut off gas pipe under the stairs...) it cost about 400 quid i think. At the time it had to be british gas who fitted it, even though i didn't want british gas to be my supplier. That may have changed of course.

SunsetSongster Fri 22-Mar-13 16:12:02

Thanks for the replies. Looks like it might be more straightforward than I though. Does anyone have a feel for how it compares with using gas canisters? I know lots of people who use this who are off the mains and it seems to work quite well.

MisForMumNotMaid Fri 22-Mar-13 16:26:59

Gas canisters for a hob work out fine and no doubt extra gas cost would be negated by installation of mains gas but for central heating would be astronomical in comparison to mains.

lalalonglegs Fri 22-Mar-13 16:27:34

We used to have gas canisters when I lived in Italy - they were bloody heavy so hard work getting them into the house and had nothing to tell you when you were low so (inevitably) you'd run out just as you were cooking a big dinner. Our oven had a built in cupboard for them but otherwise they would take up a lot of space in the kitchen.

Has anyone had a new gas supply fitted in a flat? I'm toying with buying one with no gas and I can't see how I could have it brought in without the pipes coming up through someone else's flat, iyswim. Is there any way round this?

lljkk Fri 22-Mar-13 16:27:57

Cannisters are very expensive, I think the most expensive energy option. Better to get regular mains gas.
We are on oil because nearest gas connection is down the road, would cost like £2-3k for each of our 4 homes to get us all connected.

Brugmansia Fri 22-Mar-13 22:34:34

Canisters are a PITA as you need to keep getting them refilled, so either pay for a delivery service (if there is one near you) or find a local supplier that is convenient and has sensible opening hours.

We have a heater which uses canisters at present which is fine as a temporary measure until we are reconnected and put in central heating but I'd only use as a permanent arrangement if there was no possibility of connecting to the mains.

ChunkyPickle Fri 22-Mar-13 22:45:40

Gas if just for a hob really isn't that bad - we had it all the time when growing up, and replacing the canister was really rare. Our canister was outside (only an issue in a really cold winter when sometimes it wouldn't want to let out any gas!)

Using them for heating/hotwater can be an absolute pain. Like others I had shower and hob on gas canisters when living abroad, and I'd have to swap them roughly every month and they weighed a ton

Next door had GCH on giant sets of 4 canisters - didn't seem to be a lot more hassle getting them delivered and changed than my parent's Oil central heating - but I don't know about the price

SunsetSongster Sat 23-Mar-13 00:05:07

Thanks again for the advice. I was just thinking about canisters for cooking (though am intrigued that people use them for heating!). The people who I know who have them use them for cooking. They seem to have a system where you have two and when one runs out you flip a switch to start on the 2nd one. You can then get the 1st replaced so you are never out of gas. Will have to investigate who will fit this locally.

Sunnyshores Mon 08-Apr-13 21:42:23

We're in Hampshire, just got a rental house connected - gas in the street, but not in the property. It was a fixed fee of £1900, all the energy companies I spoke to outsourced the work to SSE. The difference was how long it took to get the work done, EDF took 3 months!! We used Npower and it was 6 weeks.
For info a 2 bed terrace cost another £3k for boiler and radiators.

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