CONVERT TO GAS
Natural Gas Conversion for Residential Homes
Convert your home to natural gas
Customers using natural gas can save hundreds per year. Interested in getting natural gas for your home or adding/upgrading a gas appliance?
To begin the process of getting efficient natural gas, determine if gas is available near your home by entering your address in our map. Click to Check Gas Availability.
Request a consultation to convert to natural gas as a neighborhood
Interested in upgrading your home with natural gas? In addition to the instant, even heating of gourmet kitchen ranges, natural gas is more cost-effective than other types of fuel to heat your home and water. When a neighborhood converts together, you may save even more on upfront costs.
Learn more about the benefits of natural gas with a complimentary consultation for interested homes in your neighborhood. Click to request a consultation and a Washington Gas representative will get in touch.
First, we’ll need to determine natural gas availability in your neighborhood. To get started, see if gas is available.
If your home is in proximity to our gas main pipeline, you’ll receive an immediate response. Or, if additional research is needed, you’ll receive a follow up email in three business days.
If you're looking for a contractor, try our contractor search to find a qualified, licensed, participating contractor in our network program. If you already have a contractor, contact him/her to determine the cost and feasibility of converting to natural gas equipment.
Your contractor will collect information that includes the number, type and BTU rating(s) of the gas appliance(s) you’re installing and gas pressure requirements.
Like all similar projects, construction costs can vary greatly. Many variables will be considered in performing the financial cost analysis of your project.
Examples of these variables could include, but may not be limited to: distance from existing gas infrastructure, potential easement requirements, site conditions, required permits, stated consumer gas equipment installations, etc.
Due to these variances, it is not possible for Washington Gas to provide an accurate up-front cost quote. Once your contractor has submitted the forms for your project, Washington Gas will evaluate your job. Once the evaluation is complete, you will receive a customer commitment letter. This letter will include a job identification number also referred to as your BCA number. Use this number to reference your job at any point during the conversion process.
Additionally, this letter will outline any costs, if applicable. Costs include installing the gas service line, meter and regulator, and would be in addition to whatever your contractor has quoted for the purchase and installation of your natural gas appliances.
Interested in financing? If you are using a participating Washington Gas network contractor, financing options are available on all natural gas appliances. Check with your chosen contractor on their offerings for assisting with conversion costs.
For all gas installations, Washington Gas must successfully obtain the necessary permits and easements related to your job. Once received, one of our project managers will forward it to a Washington Gas underground contractor to arrange for installation.
Once the underground line is installed, your gas meter will be installed. Then, contact your conversion contractor to schedule installation and inspection of all the interior gas piping and appliances.
After the underground line is installed, the next step in the process is to set the meter.
Depending on the type of job, the meter setting process happens in one of two ways:
- If the commitment letter you signed indicates that the underground contractor will be setting your meter directly after the service is installed, no further action is required on your part.
- If the commitment letter you signed does NOT indicate that a contractor would be setting your meter after service installation, you will need to contact Customer Service at 703-750-1000 to schedule a time to have your meter set. Please be advised that the new meter can only be set after the interior piping has passed the final county gas inspection. The installation contractor will require proof of the county inspection. You will want to make sure this is all taken care of before you schedule a time for the meter to be set.
This last step includes installation of interior gas lines, equipment and local code authority inspections. Once the inspections are complete, your contractor can then connect your house line to the meter.
You’ll be all set to enjoy the comfort and convenience of natural gas.