With temperatures dropping, AusNet Services (AusNet) is encouraging its customers to ensure their homes and businesses are gas ready for winter.
AusNet Executive General Manager, Network Operations and Safety, Prue Crawford-Flett, said over 760,000 customers within its gas distribution network are now firing up their gas appliances a lot more. Following a few simple steps now can help keep people safe, warm and energy efficient over winter.
“A good first step is to make sure your gas appliances are serviced in line with the manufacturer’s specifications. For safety, gas heaters should be serviced every two years.
“Natural gas is flammable and gas appliances can leak carbon monoxide, making them dangerous if they’re not properly serviced. Make sure you use a qualified gasfitter to maintain the safety of your gas appliances in your home and business,” Ms Crawford-Flett said.
“We’ve completed a number of major gas projects to keep your gas flowing safely and reliably. Last year we upgraded around 55 kilometres of low and medium pressure mains to high pressure mains, including many of the oldest mains within our network across Melbourne’s inner west, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Colac.”
This year AusNet will upgrade around 72 kilometres of low-pressure mains in Ballarat and Colac and continue upgrading and improving the gas network in Melbourne’s inner west, Geelong, Portland, Horsham, Stawell, the Macedon Ranges, Gisborne, Leopold, Sunbury and Sunbury East.
During winter, peak demand and unforeseen events may cause temporary interruptions to gas supply on the fringes of our network so it’s important to know what to do during an outage:
“Our priority is to restore supply as quickly as possible to reduce any impact to our customers,” said Ms Crawford-Flett.
To receive updates about planned and unplanned outages and the latest news on network improvements, AusNet customers should: