Natural Gas Tips
Always hire a qualified gas professional to inspect and service gas appliances, check connections to fuel lines and verify proper venting before using any appliances.
It is important for everyone in your family to recognize the “smell” of natural gas. Mercaptan is the chemical added to natural gas to give it an easily detected odor. The smell is often described as similar to sulfur or rotten eggs.
The Town of Somerville supplies public awareness information on a periodic basis using announcements and bill mailers to inform the public of the safety of natural gas.
Lowering the temperature by one degree during any 24-hour period decreases your heating bill by up to 3%, but do not turn off your furnace - it will use more gas to return to a warmer temperature. Instead, try setting your thermostat to these temperatures:
- Let in the Sunshine. Keep draperies and shades open during the day but remember to close them at night to reduce chill from cold windows
- Know how to detect a natural gas leak. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately. Don't do anything that may cause a spark.
- Check your furnace filters monthly, change or clean as needed to keep your heating or cooling appliances operating safely and efficiently.
- Have your furnace inspected yearly for proper operation according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
- If your pilot light goes out and you are unsure about relighting it, call a licensed professional to help with this.
- Please keep the natural gas meter clear of debris, landscaping bark, shrubs or other vegetation, snow or overhead icicles. If the meter becomes damaged or covered, call the Somerville Natural Gas 901-465-9500.
- Never keep flammable liquid or any combustible material near your furnace or water heater, vent pipe or by anything that might ignite. Vapors from paint thinner, gasoline, cleaning solvents, etc. can catch fire or ignite if exposed to a flame or spark.
- Maintain your underground piping . Periodically inspect your gas lines between the meter and your appliances, pools, hot tubs and out buildings for wear and corrosion. Make any necessary repairs immediately.