Slow shopping seasons, bad storms, power outages and increased shipping costs and wages are common challenges that affect the retail industry. With an unpredictable environment, the smartest thing a retail owner can do is focus on their energy spend because it directly impacts their bottom line. With benefits such as reliability, efficiency, stable prices and low operating costs, it’s no wonder why most retailers agree that natural gas is the best solution.
Below are equipment suggestions:
Commercial Unit Heaters:
Commercial unit heaters provide space heat to small, drafty areas with relatively low ceilings and are typically found in the entrance of retail stores to improve customer experience and comfort.
Natural Gas Backup Generators:
Natural gas backup generators can protect your business from store closings due to power outages by providing automatic electricity in the event of a power failure – guaranteed.
Determining your facility’s natural gas requirement involves verifying the MBTu per hour and delivery pressure in psi (pounds per square inch) of each natural gas appliance you will keep and/or add. Note: You can do this yourself or you can contact your HVAC contractor, engineer, or facilities manager to get this information.
- If it is determined that your facility requires 1.5 MBTu or less, contact an HVAC contractor of your choice to get started.
- If it is determined that your facility requires 1.5 MBTu or more, contact a Washington Gas Commercial Account Manager to get started.
The Service Information Request form details your load, delivery pressure and general service requirements. For new construction projects, please include a site plan, property plat and/or dimensional sketch, including meter location, preferably in autoCAD format or in PDF.
Submit the required paperwork to:
Attention: Commercial Sales
6801 Industrial Road
Springfield, Virginia 22151
Please ensure the paperwork is complete and lists all anticipated gas equipment, the corresponding MBTu rating and required gas pressure.
Washington Gas will perform a cost –benefit analysis of the project per the governing tariff in your jurisdiction of D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
Once the evaluation is complete, you will receive a customer commitment letter from Washington Gas. Sign and return the letter, along with required contribution, if any.
Upon completion of the underground gas service, contact Washington Gas to request a gas meter.
A Washington Gas underground contractor will contact you to schedule the gas line installation.
The gas lines within the property must be inspected by the proper code authority of the jurisdiction. Your installer is responsible for tie-in.