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Topic # 114994 9-Mar-2013 15:45
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Hi all, just wondering if anyone knows about this topic.  We rang the gas company and the guy just said our usage is quite high.  The prev bill our gas usage was 994kW and can go as high as 1500kW for June.  A family of four. 

We don't use gas heaters, have gas cooktop but not the oven, and we have gas continuous water. 
We don't smell gas at the meter, we do smell somewhat where the gas water heater is.  Normal?  In the past we had a few gas fitters / plumbers over doing other work but they haven't pointed it out.  When hot water is not being used and now obviously no gas heaters how much does one expect the gas meter to move?


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  Reply # 777414 9-Mar-2013 17:19
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Sounds a bit high to me. We have family of 4, gas cooking, gas on-demand hot water, and a gas fireplace, and we would use only about 600Kw max per month, half that during summer when the gas fireplace isn't working.

Yes the gas hot water burners can give a faint whiff of gas especially when they first fire up.

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  Reply # 777475 9-Mar-2013 20:09
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Here's our usage for the last 24 months, red bars are the last 12 months, yellow the previous. (Aug 2011 was when we had the real cold snap with snow in Wellington).  Gas hot water (cylinder), cooktop and heating in one of the living areas.  Family of two adults and two teenagers (read: long showers).

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  Reply # 777746 10-Mar-2013 21:28
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Get a spray bottle and make a weak detergent solution. Spray it all over the gas fittings around where you are smelling the gas. You will see it bubbling if there's a leak. You shouldn't be smelling gas (Except a little at startup).

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