Moving Gas Meters Outside
Estimated beginning date: 2013 construction season
What is CenterPoint Energy doing?
As part of a long-term system upgrade project, CenterPoint Energy will be moving residential gas meters from inside to outside of residents' homes.
This project may also require replacing your natural gas service line that runs from the company’s natural gas main in the street to the meter. (See the diagram below.) The process is about three steps:
Moving the natural gas meter to outside of the home
Reconnecting the natural gas meter to the existing gas piping
Relighting the appliance pilot lights
Why is CenterPoint Energy doing this work?
Less inconvenience to our customers when routine maintenance and inspections are required per federal and state regulations
We will typically no longer need to come into the home to perform routine tasks
In the unlikely event of an emergency, outside natural gas meter locations provide emergency responders easier access to the natural gas valve that serves as the main shut-off to the natural gas feed into the home
Some houses in the project areas will also have the natural gas service line that runs from the main to meter replaced
What will this mean for residents?Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will work with the residents to schedule and perform this necessary work, and will need access to CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas meter inside the homes to move the meter outside and relight the natural gas appliance pilot lights after the new meter has been relocated.