Many of our natural gas customers keep a close watch on their monthly usage. When a gas bill appears excessive a re-read is requested. The information below on how to read your meter (dial type) will help you verify the accuracy of the meter reading.
Although every attempt is made to obtain correct meter reads, sometimes incorrect reads do occur. You can help ensure correct meter readings by:
The heating value of gas (or its calorific value) is an important factor in its purchase and sale. This “heat content” of the fuel is the principle measure of its ability to perform a heating service.
Gas is usually sold on a “therm” basis, which necessitates an accurate handling of its calorific value. So basically, a therm is a quantity of gas with the heating value factored in. The Interstate Pipelines from which Greater Dickson Gas Authority receives its gas determines this calorific value, or BTU factor and passes the value on to us. This value is then used in buying and selling natural gas.
GDGA’s BTU factor ranges from 1.030 to 1.040. Its average value is 1.032. A higher BTU factor results in fewer cubic feet of natural gas required to produce a given amount of heat; a lower BTU factor results in more cubic feet of natural gas requried to produce the same amount of heat.
*Note that the Purchased Gas Adjustment is a price of GDGA purchased gas from the pipeline that is adjusted on a monthly basis and is passed onto the customer, whether it rises or falls with each month.