January 2013

How to Lower Your Gas Bill – Part 2

29th January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

This latest post from 1Gas gives you more top tips on ways to reduce your gas consumption and make a significant difference to your bill over the year.

How To Read Your Gas Meter

24th January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

Struggling to read your gas meter? This post from 1Gas gives you essential tips to make it easy, so you can take regular readings and keep on top of your bills.

Gas Cloud Leak From France Affecting Southern England

22nd January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Latest News

People in southern counties of England including Kent and Sussex are reporting an over powering smell of gas and fuel oil in the air today. The source of the problem is coming from Northern France. It appears to be an accidental gas leak at a factory in Rouen, France which is causing the awful smell to drift across the English Channel on the wind. The source of the gas is at a Lubrizol Corporation (www.lubrizol.com) plant in the Normandy region of Northern France and workers are trying to neutralise the stench. The company produces car engine lubricants.

What Is Natural Gas and How Is It Formed?

13th January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that we rely heavily on in the industrialised western world and UK. We’re going to look at where gas comes from, how it was formed, more about it’s chemical breakdown, and what benefits it has. Where Does Natural Gas Come From and How Was It Formed? Gas has been formed over many millions of years and is found deep in the earths crust where oil is usally found too. It is believed that whether gas or oil is formed, depends on the pressure and temperature at which they are subjected.

Who Are The Team At 1Gas?

12th January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Latest News

1Gas was launched by Richard Hearne in February 2010. Since then we’ve enjoyed continued growth and success. Last year in 2012, our team trebled in size and we want to tell you a little bit more about who we are.

How To Find A Gas Safe Engineer Or Plumber

6th January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

1Gas can take care of your gas service pipe connection from the mains and gas meter. However, anything downstream of the meter is determined customer’s own equipment. Therefore you will need to source a gas engineer or plumber to help you. This article explains more about this.

Gas Connection Trench & Ducting Requirements

written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

If you are ordering a new gas connection pipe and meter for your business or domestic gas supply, it is likely the nearest gas mains will be situated in a local road, footpath or on your own land.   There are rules set by OFGEM and the Health and Safety Executive Executive (HSE) which state the materials which can be used for gas connection, depth of trenches and proximity to other services such as electric, water or phone cables.   If your gas connection service pipe will cross both public land and private land, you  have the option to arrange the digging in private land if you so wish.   This may provide a cost benefit over having engineers doing it for you, especially over longer distances. This is also known as a ‘contestable cost’.   Although, we are providing this information, we must stress it is a guide and therefore, before carrying out any excavation works or laying ducting (especially over distances of 50 metres or more, you should always, check with us before carrying out the works to check it meets the requirements.   Digging in public land must always be carried out by companies who hold a GIRS […]

What Is An Emergency Control Valve or ECV?

4th January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

An Emergency Control Valve (ECV) is a safety mechanism on a gas service pipe connecting a gas meter to the gas mains. Every gas pipe installation and meter should have one.   The ECV is situated where the gas network or gas transporters pipe meets the gas meter.   Its purpose is to control the flow of gas where it should be switched off in the event of an emergency / gas escape, or where there is no gas meter installation already in place.   Occasionally some, older installations may have a missing or corroded valve. This should be treated as an emergency by ringing 0800 111999 immediately.   In the photo, is an example of a meter-less gas connection pipe and the ECV is the red coloured lever.   In recent years it has been necessary for the ECV to be placed before the meter, so that different companies can carry out works on service pipes connecting to mains.   Legislation states that an ECV wheel or lever should be securely fitted. It also advises that a lever should be parallel to the direction or axis of the gas pipe in the open position so make it clear if […]

What Does A Gas Meter Installation Look Like?

written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

You may not have paid much attention to what a gas meter looks like so we thought we’d take the opportunity to show you a gas meter installation carried out by 1Gas recently. Gas meters vary greatly depending on a few different factors. They include the capacity of gas required in kilowatts by a customer, the location of the meter position, the pressure in the gas mains, and whether the meter is internal or external. On the photo you can see an example of a low pressure U16 gas meter which is capable of around 173 kilowatts (kW). In this instance the meter is sitting on a shelf secured to a wall. The gas pipe connection pipe to the mains is on the right and connects to the meter inlet on the left hand side of the meter. The dome shaped grey metal component is called the regulator and controls the pressure of gas entering the meter is at a safe level and sufficient for the gas meter to operate. The gas then enters the meter and is pumped out through a mechanism of lung like diaphragm chambers. On the top right of the meter, the gas leaves through the […]

How Do 1Gas Offer Such Competitive Gas Meter Prices?

3rd January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

1Gas was set up by Director Richard Hearne in 2010 to increase competition in the complex and fragmented gas connections and gas meters industry. Since 1Gas’ launch 3 years ago, we have experienced strong demand for our services. In 2012 we moved to new offices in Central Brighton. We also saw new recruits to our team.