New Atlanta Gas Light Program Saves Money, Reduces turn-Around Time for Builders
February 16, 2000
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC) is helping home builders get their new construction approved and sold faster with the launch of the "MeterExpress" program. The program allows the meter to be set early and HVAC/plumbing contractors to tie in the home's fuel line to the system once it has passed inspection rather than having to schedule an appointment with the utility.
"This program offers more timely service with fewer hassles," said William Peeples, AGLC's managing director of new business. "It allows builders the flexibility of using gas heat in the home during construction so drywall or painting can be completed more quickly."
"We are very pleased to promote Angela Bell to this position in the utility," said Hank Linginfelter, Vice President, Rates and Regulation. "Angela has developed a wealth of knowledge in her previous positions and is very well prepared to assume her new role."
Under the "MeterExpress" program, the meter will be installed within 48 hours of the service line installation. The gas meter will be left with gas up to an outlet valve on the meter. Once the house passes local building inspection, a licensed HVAC/plumbing contractor can then tie in the home's fuel line to the outlet valve, turn the valve putting gas on the home's piping system, and light the appliances.
The new process means AGLC will no longer need to go into new construction to light appliances. Instead, builders can now schedule when the fuel line is connected, the mechanical inspection takes place, and the appliance light up is done.
To achieve quick installation of the meters, AGLC will be utilizing a new one-piece meter loop and outlet valve that does not require assembly. Because they are pre-painted, the installation will be more attractive to customers. The pre-assembly also means less likelihood of leaks and atmospheric corrosion over time since the meter loop will be welded at the factory.
AGLC will transition to the new process starting March 20.