Steps to Convert

The Easy Steps to Go Natural Gas

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Before reviewing the steps in the natural gas conversion process below, check for natural gas availability for your community and complete an online lead form with your contact information.

So you'll know what to expect during the conversion process and the installation for your new natural gas equipment, we've outlined the five steps to converting to natural gas below.


FIVE EASY STEPS
TO SWITCH TO NATURAL GAS

Step 1. Plan the Conversion

You’ll meet with a Berkshire Gas Sales Representative to discuss the details of your service, any payments required, sign a service agreement, and talk about how to work with a contractor to upgrade your heating and hot water systems.

Step 2. The Site Survey

Your Berkshire Gas Sales Representative will determine the path of the natural gas service line to your home in accordance with all established codes and installation needs while having as little impact as possible on your home’s appearance. They will also request and receive a permit from your local municipality.

Step 3. Service Line Installation

Berkshire Gas Company contacts Dig Safe to mark any underground utilities in your area. You are responsible for marking those that you own. On the day of installation, construction crews dig a trench to lay the gas line and connect your home to the gas main in the street. Then they fill the hole in the street and backfill the trench.

Step 4. Natural Gas Equipment Installation

Once the installation of the service line is complete, your contractor can hook up your new gas equipment. You and your contractor are responsible for all equipment and connections from the meter to the inside of your home.

Step 5. Testing and Inspections

Your contractor will coordinate any inspections required with your town inspector. The inspector must witness and approve an air test on the house gas line installed by your contractor. The inspector will leave an approval tag visible for the Berkshire Gas Company Service Technician. Once you have an approval tag, contact your Berkshire Gas Sales Representative to schedule your meter installation.


The next thing you know, you'll be enjoying all the benefits of natural gas!

Of course, your Berkshire Gas Sales Representative will be available to help you with all aspects of the conversion and answer any questions that you may have along the way.

FAQs

  • With oil price fluctuations recently, how much will I really save when converting to natural gas?  
  • Shouldn’t I consider equipment efficiency and not just price over the longer term?  
  • How would storms such as Sandy that cut electricity to millions in the Northeast affect me as a natural gas customer?  
  • What else should I know about converting to natural gas?  
  • If I already have a meter, why can’t I add more load?  
  • If I already use gas for heating, why can’t I add a gas stove or dryer?  
  • I recently bought a property that has a gas service. When I called to setup my account I was told it couldn’t be re-activated. Why?