Suggestions for efficient use of natural gas | Chain Nine

Suggestions for efficient use of natural gas | Chain Nine
Suggestions for efficient use of natural gas | Chain Nine

Natural gas is essential in daily life, considered a source of clean energy. However, being a non-renewable resource, its conscious consumption positively impacts the environment and the economy.

Information is offered to understand the gas bill, the consumption of the appliances and provides practical advice for their efficient use.

User Categories

Residential users are divided into eight categories (R1, R21, R22, R23, R31, R32, R33, R34) according to their consumption volume. These categories, which may vary each billing period, apply cheaper rates to those who consume less gas.

Subsidy Segmentation (RASE)

Starting in 2022, subsidies are segmented into three groups based on household income:

  • N1: High income (3.5 or more CBT)
  • N2: Low income (less than 1 CBT)
  • N3: Average income (between 1 and 3.5 CBT)

This segmentation determines whether a user receives subsidies on the price of gas at the wellhead, affecting their tariff schedule. To learn more and modify the registry, users can visit Energy Segmentation.

Tariff Subzones and Tariff Schedule

The rate schedule also depends on the rate subzone, which varies depending on the location of residence. The combination of consumption category, RASE segmentation and rate subzone defines the final rate.

Benefits and Special Rates

There are additional subsidies such as the Social Rate and the rate for Public Good Entities. The “Cold Zone” benefit grants a 30% bonus, rising to 50% for users with a social rate or in specific regions such as Patagonia.

Items Billed Bimonthly

The invoice includes:

  • gas price: Rewards the producer for the extraction.
  • Transport: Payment to the carrier for the transportation of gas.
  • Distribution: Remuneration for bringing gas to users.
  • Taxes: National, provincial or municipal.

A fixed charge is detailed according to the category and a variable charge based on consumption in m³.

Artifact Consumption

Each device has a different consumption. For example, a small stove consumes 134m³ in a two-month period, a kitchen burner 40m³ and a heater for two people 67.80m³. Knowing these consumptions helps to evaluate and reduce use.

A Consumption Simulator is offered to estimate the expense of each appliance.

Savings Tips

To heat:

  • Keep the thermostat at 20°C.
  • Heat only occupied spaces.
  • Use weather stripping on doors and windows.
  • Autopilots consume 10% of the home’s gas.

For hot water:

  • Use consciously and regulate from the device.
  • Short showers.
  • Install aerators and flow regulators.

To cook:

  • Use the oven moderately and cover the pots.
  • Adjust the flame to the size of the container.
  • Do not open the oven during cooking and check the weather stripping.
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