spacer home your portugal information source to real estate and living in portugal
spacer spacer spacer



01 Home : Home
03 Property Management Contract : Home
12 Short term Rentals : Home
16 Translations : Other services
15 Tax Returns : Home
02 About Us : Home
04 Garden Maintanence : Home
05 Swimming pool maintanence : Home
28 Long term rentals : Home
14 Taxation on Rental Income : Home
06 Electricity : Home
07 Water : Home
08 Gas : Home
09 Telephone : Home
13 Renting a car : Home
10 Multi Risk House Insurance : Home
18 Insurance staff : Home
19 Social Security staff : Home
11 Rates : Home
17 Alarm system - House protection : Home
20 Repair and Maintenance : Home
21 Borehole or Well : Home
33 Water softenors and other : Home
22 Purification system : Home
23 Central Heating : Home
24 AirCo : Home
25 Log fire or woodburning stove : Home
29 Internet & Broadband : Home
26 Satelite reception : Home
27 Cable television : Home
30 Own car : Home
31 Cleaning lady or company : Home
32 Logs : Home
34 Property Management & Administration : Home
35 Tax on Rental Income : Taxes
36 The whole picture about rentals : Home
37 License for Rentals : Home
40-E Condominium rules : Condominium
39 Medical Insurances : Insurances
39 School system in Portugal : Education
40 Car Insurance : Insurances
41 Travel Insurance : Insurances
38-E Administration & Management Fees : Management Services
52-E ECOVIA - Cycling track - : Leisure - Activities

51 Over ons : Over ons

spacer spacer spacer

email article print article08 Gas


Often the cheapest and most convenient energy source for cooking, water heating, and room heating is gas.  In Lisbon there is a piped town gas supply.  Gás de Portugal, SGPS, SA imports natural gas from Africa, and is installing distribution networks from Porto to as far south as the Setúbal peninsular.  Some housing estates or blocks of flats, especially in the Algarve, have communal piped gas from a central storage tank, these usually supply propane.  However, most houses still rely on bottled gas.  Both butane and propane are available, butane is the most commonly used and comes in both 11kg and 45kg bottles.

Unfortunately gas appliances are the cause of accidents leading to hospitalisation of about 300 people in Portugal a year.  The Government has reacted to this by strengthening the building regulations, creating a system for licensing gas installers and gas inspectors, and requiring regular inspections of accommodation.  Pro Teste, the Consumer Association's magazine, has published an investigation about gas installations and gas safety.  The following information is largely drawn from that article.

Pro Teste points out that the consumer is responsible for ensuring that their domestic gas system is properly installed and well maintained.  This includes the pipe work, the appliances and the ventilation system.  They consider gas not to be dangerous if it is used correctly and if the appliances are in good condition and are properly installed.  However, in the study they found that the majority of houses visited were at risk because of incorrect installation of appliances or because of worn flexible rubber hoses.

What are the main types of accident?

The most frequent type of accident is explosion.  Domestic gas therefore has an odour added to it to warn of a leak.  The other type of accident is carbon monoxide poisoning.  Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, toxic gas.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: ye


Date Inserted: 23 June 2007
Last Updated: 23 August 2011
Have questions or comments on this article? email me


email article print article

spacer spacer
spacer spacer
| Car Rental | Info Topics | Property Management | Property Rentals | Real Estate | Real Estate 2 | Real Estate Activities | Web Design |
Copyright © 2002-2017 Ricola Algarvia Ldª. All rights reserved. Legal Notices | Privacy Policy
Protected by the copyright laws of the EU and by international treaties.