Costs of natural gas when it is not used as a primary heating source
I just built a much ‘better than code house’ in CT using air source heat pumps and a gas on demand HW heater. I have recently learned that it was a mistake to use the gas HW heater because the gas company (no options bu CT Natural Gas) charges me a 60% higher rate because gas is not my primary heating source. So, beware of the local utility monopolies and the penalizing amounts they are permitted to charge and include them in your cost calculations. An electric on demand HW heater would have been the better choice….had I known.
How is it possible/legal to charge a homeowner 60% more just because they use less gas? Apparently, this rate structure is approved by PURA and exists in other locations as well. It seems punitive especially when there is no choice in suppliers.
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