My recent kitchen renovation included an electric oven and induction stove top. I’d previously switched the heating from gas central heating to split systems (four of them distributed around the house), and changed over the gas boost solar hot water for an electric heat pump.
Along with the solar panels on the roof, my house is now entirely electric. Well, except for the petrol car and gas bottle barbecue. (And let’s be honest, in most households a petrol or diesel car is the biggest source of emissions.)
During the kitchen renovation, I had the gas connection removed. For anybody wondering, here’s the process.
Prior to disconnection, the daily supply charge was 53.7 cents, or $32.24 every 60 days. By the end, I was barely using any actual gas – virtually all my cooking used a small portable induction unit, a slow cooker or an air fryer. Just occasionally I’d use the stove/oven.
(I’d switched my gas retailer to Alinta a year or two ago – of all the gas retailers, they were cheapest for someone who uses very little gas; they had the lowest daily supply charge.)
While the kitchen was being deconstructed, I emailed Alinta asking to be disconnected. Turns out in gas company jargon it’s called “abolishment”, which sounds far more dramatic – and means the connection is actually removed, not just temporarily unused because someone is moving out.
It took a week or two, but they got back to me to advise of costs imposed by the distributor for abolishment: $76.65 for removal of the gas meter, plus $165.35 for disconnection of the gas line, a total of $242, plus of course any outstanding charges.
Once I acknowledged the costs, they also needed to know where the gas meter was located.
Then they booked me in. At first they weren’t sure they had a team available before Christmas, but then they found an earlier date. Was that okay? Absolutely!
On the day, they turned up, checked where everything was, then dug up the nature strip across the road and disconnected the line, and took the meter away.
There’s still a short length of pipe from the house to where the gas meter used to be, but that’s my problem. At some stage I’ll get that removed. There’s also still a gas central heating unit in the roof.
About a week later, Alinta sent my final bill with the fees as previously flagged, plus the daily connection charge up to the date they removed everything.
I’ve heard that in some parts of Australia, disconnection (oh I’m sorry, abolishment) is a bit complicated. But in this case it was all very straightforward.
Apart from cutting emissions and saving money, given the long term health risks, I’m very glad to have been able to do it.
And by the way, the new oven and stove top are great!
UPDATES: Minor rewording regarding gas retailer vs distributor.