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How to switch to gas as a cheaper energy source

Licensed installer

When hiring an LPGas installer, they must be trained by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of Southern Africa (LPASA), proven to be competent and thereafter be Registered with the SAQCC Gas.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Pressure Equipment Regulations, only Registered LP Gas Installers can install and maintain LP Gas installations, says LP Gas Association of South Africa.

"Every LPGas installer must have a license card issued by the SAQCC Gas stating, the license expiry date in their possession. An installer whose license has expired is prohibited from carrying out any installations or issuing Certificates of Conformity (CoC) until license card is renewed. Should an installer not have the license card in possession, one can check their credentials and license validity on www.saqccgas.co.za," advises LPGASA.

Costs associated with gas conversion

There are several aspects to installing gas in your home, these include ensuring that gas components are correctly positioned to electrical points, ventilation requirements when stored inside and adherence to a specific distance from doors, drains, windows and electrical appliances when stored outside

"The cost to install a gas stove inside is cheaper as the regulator used is generally cheaper than “outside” regulators. The installation also needs fewer parts overall as the pipe run is only the internal pipe run. That does not mean the installation is in any way inferior, 'in cupboard' installations are subject to the sun’s rays so they do not deteriorate due to the sun, making maintenance cheaper.

Certificate of conformity

On completion, the installer must issue the homeowner with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) which indicates that the installation is compliant with the relevant regulations and South African National Safety (SANS) Standards. This is important because this document will be required should the homeowner claim from their insurer. Another important note, should an unregistered installer conduct an installation and problems with the installation are later picked up this may affect the outcome of the insurance claim.

Homeowners will also need to supply a Gas Certificate of Conformity when selling. This certificate is usually valid for five years, according to the requirements of Regulation 17 (3) of the Pressure Equipment Regulations (OHS ACT of 1993).

Sourced by: Property24

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