If anyone does some research they will find that Natural Gas is not the cheapest form of Heating. New systems including split unit heat pumps are cheaper to operate and a quarter the cost to install then Natural Gas. The cost to convert a home (inside the wall and not including piping outside or supply system are $6000 to $8000 if you have forced air now and $10,000 to $14,000 without forced air. Add $12,000 for a supply line (8331 residences and commercial hookups divided into $100,000,000.00) and you get a cost that is completely unjustifiable. For those saying yes to this poll - do they really know the cost??? Many of us just don't have $20,000 to $30,000 stuffed in our mattresses!
And don't let the gas supplier fool you with the price of fuel - they add delivery, service charges and tax to the cost of the fuel just like hydro. Take the cost of the fuel and multiply it by 1.5 and up.
Give some educated thoughts to decisions and don't ever believe the politicians that have their own agendas.
Just got my bill for 2 months of propane. I'm looking at $1259 @ $1.11/liter. I've also burned 3 chords of wood to supplement my heating. We first moved to the area in 2006 into a new home, I was shocked at the price of propane compared to natural gas and that was when propane was $0.54/liter. People should not be force to hook up if NG makes it our way, but $8000 in a hook-up fee would be paid back very quickly at today's propane cost. If I am ever able to build a time machine, I'll be going back to 2006 and moving to Port! No more propane or massive tax hikes!
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