SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WKBN ) — For many people, the cold winter meant a lot of money spent on propane to heat their homes.
But in one Trumbull County community, a switch to natural gas could save homeowners thousands of dollars.
At Southington Township Hall, the vast majority of homeowners were supportive of a new gas line.
“With the last two winters we’ve had, everybody has become aware that natural gas is going to be cost-effective as an option,” said Sam Plott, Southington Township Trustee.
Bob Baugher wants to make the switch from propane to natural gas at his farm. He said it would save him $5,000 to $7,000 a year.
“I’m glad that they’re interested in coming down our road, and I think one of the reasons is because of the corn drying that we do. So I think the neighbors are pretty happy that they may come down our road, so they can tap in as well,” said Baugher,a Trumbull County farmer and land owner in the area.
Under the proposal, Orwell Natural Gas would extend their current service lines in the township. A six-mile loop would bring natural gas to customers on Barclay Messerly Road and Hoffman Norton Road.
“There are no concerns of why it shouldn’t happen. Everybody wants it. That’s why we set up this meeting. My phone calls were all positive,” said Plott.
People in the township did come with questions. How much they would need to pay for installation? An Orwell representative said that cost is based on how many homeowners sign up. But the potential customers are optimistic about saving money over time.
“I just spoke to a homeowner that spent just about $3,000 on propane. And I did the calculations. Had he been on natural gas last year, he would have spent about $1,200,” said Giselle Felice, Orwell Natural Gas.
If enough homeowners sign up, Orwell could start laying down natural gas lines as soon as this summer.