Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions from natural gas customers.
Natural Gas Availability & Installation
Do I have access to natural gas?
Efforts to expand our system are market-driven and depend on customer interest and economic feasibility. More interest expressed on a particular street or area increases probability of natural gas expansion to those properties. If you are interested in natural gas, fill out an Expression of Interest form. If we expand to your area, we’ll be in touch.
How does natural gas get to my home or business?
Natural gas is delivered to your home or business through a system of underground pipelines. This pipe ends at a gas meter that we will install on the outside of your building. Because natural gas is delivered directly to your property, it is always there, ready for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You won’t have to wait for delivery trucks, clutter up your yard, or use valuable basement space for a storage tank. There are no interruptions to service, regardless of weather, and no worries about spills.
How does natural gas distribute throughout my home or business?
Natural gas is distributed using materials such as stainless steel, copper, or black iron piping installed in your home or business by a licensed gas technician. New flexible piping and state-of-the-art venting systems mean you have lots of options of where natural gas appliances can be located. There are plenty of ways to enjoy natural gas including space heating systems, water heaters, fireplaces, cooking equipment, clothes dryers, barbecues, fire pits, patio heaters, and more.
If I am renovating or building a new home, how can I get ready for natural gas?
If you’re remodelling your home or building a new home, you should consider pre-piping your home to accept natural gas heating systems and appliances. For example, you could install natural gas piping throughout the house with termination points where the furnace, water heater, stove, clothes dryer, fireplace, barbecue, or other appliances would be located in the future. Natural gas shut-off valves can be installed at these termination points to facilitate easy installation of gas equipment when it is available and you are ready to convert.
How much does it cost to get a service line to my property?
Heritage Gas will install a service line to most homes for free when you convert a furnace, boiler, hot water heater or fireplace to natural gas.
A service line will be installed at no cost to a maximum of 20 metres as measured from your property line to your building. Heritage Gas will determine the closest suitable location for installation.
Accounts & Billing
Do you offer budget billing?
Heritage Gas can offer you budget billing if you are looking for equal monthly payments. The monthly amount is based on your previous years usage history or estimated usage for new customers. The budget starts in July and ends in June the following year. Any outstanding balances are due in June. This service is currently only available for residential customers.
Can I see a comparison with my usage from last year?
Heritage Gas can provide usage history to show variations of your usage from year to year. Please contact our Customer Care Team for more information – 1 (877) 836-7427.
I pay my natural gas bill by Electronic Funds Transfer. Can I change my payment date?
We cannot change your payment date. The date is determined by the billing cycle for your geographic area.
Do you accept bill payments by credit card?
Heritage Gas does not currently accept credit cards.
How are late fees calculated?
The late charge represents 1.5% of the unpaid balance, after the allowed 21 day term to pay a bill. Please allow 3 – 5 business days for your payment to reach us by mail or online banking to avoid late charges.
I have recently moved into a new home that uses natural gas. How do I transfer the account to my name?
Please contact our Customer Care Team for assistance – 1 (877) 836-7427.
How do I set up Electronic Funds Transfer on my account?
Please complete and return the Heritage Gas Electronic Funds Transfer form and with a void cheque or bank deposit slip. We will send you a confirmation email when the change has been made to your account.
How is the Municipal tax calculated?
Municipal Payments reflects the payments made to a municipality that allows Heritage Gas to install gas distribution facilities in the Right of Way of the Municipality. Municipal Payments are 6.2% and apply only to the Fixed Monthly Customer Charge and the Base Energy Charge.
How can I pay for natural gas?
Heritage Gas offers a number of options to pay your bill. Most major banks accept payments on behalf of Heritage Gas by online, telephone ATM or in person banking. You can pay your bill directly from your bank account with an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Complete and return the EFT form with a VOID cheque to activate this account feature. Cheques of money orders can be made to: Heritage Gas Limited and mailed to Heritage Gas Limited, Suite 200 – 238 Brownlow Avenue, Dartmouth, NS B3B 1Y2.
Natural Gas Rates
How much does natural gas cost?
The price for natural gas depends on weather and market conditions and is not regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The total amount on a natural gas bill is price of the natural gas itself, a fixed and variable fee to deliver the natural gas through our pipeline system and other regulated charges, such as the Cost of Carbon and Transportation costs. For more information about the breakdown of rates please visit the rates page for Home or for Business.
How much does it cost to convert to natural gas?
Conversion costs are dependent on a number of factors including the types of equipment you are converting, property specifications and building type. Our Account Management team is ready to answer your questions and find the right energy solution for you.
Do you offer rebates on equipment?
The 2019 equipment rebate program is now complete.
What are my savings if I convert to natural gas?
The amount you can save by converting your building to natural gas depends on a variety of factors including equipment, amount of natural gas consumed, previous energy source etc. Our Account Management team is ready to answer your questions and help determine if switching to natural gas is the best option for you. For more information on rates and equivalent natural gas prices, please visit, rates for home and rates for business.
How much does a service line cost?
For a home, most service lines are installed from your property line to your house free of charge. The best natural gas meter placement will be determined by Heritage Gas. If the meter placement from your property line to the building exceeds 20m, an additional fee may apply. For more information about natural gas meter placements, please contact our Account Management team.
What is a Gigajoule (GJ)?
Natural gas energy content is typically measured in Gigajoules (GJ), a metric energy measure. The imperial measure is one Million British Thermal Units (MMBtu). A GJ has a heat value of approximately 0.948 MMBtus. One GJ of natural gas has the same amount of energy as 27 litres of fuel oil, 39 litres of propane, 26 litres of gasoline or 277 kilowatt hours of electricity. (source: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/natural-gas/5641)
How many BTU’s (British Thermal Units) are in a Gigajoule?
We measure and sell natural gas in Gigajoules (GJ) which is an energy content measurement while oil and propane is measured and sold in volume only. 1GJ = 26.1L of oil, 1GJ = 39.2L of propane
Btu’s are also a measure of energy content:
- 1GJ of natural gas = 947,430 Btu’s = 26.1 litres of oil
- Burning 1GJ of natural gas is equivalent to 947,430Btu’s, while you need to burn 26.1L of oil for an equivalent 947,430Btu.
- 1GJ of natural gas = 948,640Btu = 39.2litres
- Burning 1GJ of natural gas is equivalent to 947,430Btu’s while you need to burn 39.2L of propane for an equivalent 947,430Btu
- Where can I find natural gas contractors who can service my equipment?
Where do you get your weather data from?
Weather information is sourced from Environment Canada and segmented by region within our franchise area.
Where does our natural gas come from?
Heritage Gas has a very stable natural gas supply from several sources distributed through the Maritime & Northeast Pipeline. Production from offshore has been declining for some time and as of December 2018, the gas supply has stopped. Heritage Gas anticipated the decline in the offshore supply and has entered into a number of agreements to bring natural gas to Nova Scotia from more stable, low-cost supplies in Central Canada and the US. These agreements will stabilize and lower gas costs, especially during the winter heating season when demand is high.
How does natural gas get to Nova Scotia?
Most natural gas is transported by networks of pipelines. Canada is part of a fully integrated natural gas market where natural gas flows across Provincial and International borders. The main transmission pipeline that services Nova Scotia is the Maritime & Northeast Pipeline.
What is Cap and Trade?
To help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions now and in the future, the Canadian federal government announced that all Provinces and Territories must adopt a carbon pricing program, either a cap-and-trade program or a carbon tax. Both are designed to encourage individuals and companies to reduce GHG emissions by setting a price or cost on emissions. Adding a price to carbon means consumers will pay more for electricity and fossil fuels, like oil, propane and natural gas. The cost of carbon will be lower for natural gas than any other fossil fuels – click here to learn more.
Is natural gas safe?
Natural gas is a safe and reliable source of energy. It is used by over half the population of Canada. For information on how to use natural gas in a safe manner please visit our safety page.
Who do I call to get a natural gas pipeline located?
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