How to spot a gas meter
The United States has about 6 million meters of unregulated, unregistered gas meters in homes, offices, businesses, and businesses.
That’s more than two-thirds of the nation’s gas meters.
And according to the Department of Energy, the problem is getting worse.
The number of unregistered meters in the country is rising by 25 percent annually.
The department estimates that as of March, more than 1.1 million unregistered, unregulated meters have been installed nationwide.
That number will only increase if the current trend continues, according to a report by the National Geographic Society and the Department for Energy.
The agency estimates that by 2025, a whopping 33 percent of unlicensed gas meters will be in the United States.
That would mean nearly a million unlicensed meters that have never been installed.
“It’s a real challenge,” says Bob McQuaid, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a watchdog group.
“If you’re a homeowner, and you want to use gas, and your meter doesn’t have a warning label saying ‘gas’ or ‘use’ or anything else, it’s very difficult to go into the store and make a decision whether or not to use that gas.”
And if you’re using a car, you can’t do that either.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that one in every four cars sold in the U.S. in 2016 had a gas-powered engine.
In addition, the number of miles driven by electric vehicles has skyrocketed.
It was about 3.6 million in 2016, and it is projected to reach 4.1 billion in 2025, according the NHTSA.
And when you add it all up, the numbers are staggering.
According to NHTSD, nearly one in six Americans have a car with a gas engine.
According the NRDC, if you own a home, and the meter doesn of a gas warning, you are at risk of getting hit with a $10,000 fine.
But the problem goes far beyond that.
According a study by the Center for Energy and Environment, one in five Americans have no gas meter in their home.
That means they have no way to know if their gas is safe.
And many are turning to unlicensed sources to find out.
“The problem with the unregulated gas meter system is that it’s so widespread, and so pervasive,” McQuays says.
“That’s a very, very big problem.
We have to make sure that we’re not letting people in the system that have no understanding of what’s going on.”
A lot of people don’t realize how bad this is, McQuains says.
When you go to the gas station and ask for a regular or premium refill, you don’t have to worry about getting charged.
“When you use your meter, it tells you the amount of gas you’ve consumed, and how much fuel is left,” McQueens says.
And that’s it.
And if it doesn’t say, ‘regular,’ it doesn, then you’re fine.
It says ‘Premium,’ because they’re charging you for it.
If you use a regular meter, you know you’re paying for it and you’re getting a bill every month.
But if you use an unlicensed meter, or even a gas station meter, the meter can tell you exactly how much gas you have left, according McQuees.
And they can tell when you’ve used up all the gas, or the amount left.
That can happen when a meter runs out of gas.
It’s called an “unregulated outage.”
And when it does happen, it can be devastating.
If a meter goes down for a few days, it doesn`t mean the meter is dead, McQueas says.
But McQuees says a lot of times, people don`t realize they’re going to have to pay a fine if they don’t pay.
In other words, a $1,000 penalty could result in a car owner being fined $30,000.
And even if you don` t owe a fine, the Department and NRDC report that there are millions of people who don’t understand what’s happening.
So what can you do to help?
There are many steps that homeowners can take to reduce their risk of being hit by a gas bill.
“Most people, if they have a meter, they know they can go into a store and ask to use their meter, and then the meter will say ‘gas,’ and they can pay it and pay the money,” Mcquays says, “but if the meter isn’t registered, they have to wait.”
McQuades says people should use their meters as often as they can.
“Don’t let your gas meter go unused for more than one day,” Mcqueens says, adding that a $25 bill can be a huge deterrent to getting your car serviced.
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