• Top five things you should know about moving to a house with gas

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    Moving house is stressful enough at the best of times. You’ve got so much to think about when it comes to packing, moving, unpacking and settling into your new home and neighbourhood. 

    Gas. It’s easy to take for granted until you go to take a hot shower after moving in or flick on the gas top cooker for your first meal in your new house.  

    Whether you’re moving to a house with gas or just thinking about it, here are five basic things you should know.

    1. Set up your gas account 

    Don’t leave your gas until the last minute. Remember to advise your gas retailer in advance of your moving date so they can take a final meter reading at your old home and make sure you are connected at your new property. After a hard day’s moving, you’re going to want to enjoy a hot shower at your new address!

    2. Managing your gas usage 

    Weather can have a significant impact on your household gas usage. During cooler months it’s easy for the amount of gas you use to increase – whether you’re using the gas heater or taking hot showers for longer. The way each household consumes gas and manages their usage can be quite different. But it goes without saying, as the amount of gas you use increases, so too can the amount you’re billed.

    3. Look for savings 

    Having a great value gas plan is an important first step in minimising your energy costs. But the reality is, living costs are rising, which is why many people are looking at new and innovative ways to reduce their energy costs or get more value from their gas retailer through rewards and loyalty programs.

    4. Get to know your gas bill 

    Understanding your gas bill can also help you manage your gas expenses. There can be a lot of numbers to keep in mind, but knowing how your bill is calculated can help you manage your household costs. On average, a household has a gas bill of about $680 a year – and is generally not as high as electricity, water or telecommunications.

    5. Energy efficiency and your carbon footprint 

    Many natural gas appliances are energy efficient and can help a household reduce its carbon footprint. Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel, as it emits fewer greenhouse gases than other fossil fuels such as coal, that may be burned to generate electricity. Appliances powered by natural gas can help a household reduce its carbon footprint by over 40 per cent in comparison with one solely using electric appliances.  

    To help you when you move, we’ve put some of the best moving tips and energy saving advice we’ve learnt over the past 25 years on our website, visit alintaenergy.com.au/blog.  

    For more information about moving your gas account, visit alintaenergy.com.au.