As the winter approaches and the temperature drops, then every homeowner has a dark thought lurking in their minds. How much will my heating costs be this winter? As the price of oil remains highly volatile, many people are making the switch to natural gas. In particular, Connecticut highlights natural gas conversions as part of the state comprehensive energy strategy. In fact, the strategy aims to expand natural gas availability to 300,000 homes and businesses over the next decade. There are a few main considerations as you weigh the decision around an oil to gas conversion. The first and foremost is cost and evaluating short term costs with long term savings.
We hope the following information addresses many of the high level questions you may have as you evaluate the oil to gas conversion decision. For any others, please do not hesitate to contact SolvIt today.
Benefits of an Oil to Gas Conversion
Presently, there are three primary benefits to an oil to gas conversion. For most, the main reason to switch is purely financial. By saving on your energy costs, particularly in the winter, then you can choose how to spend your money. Whether you choose to simply add to savings, upgrade holiday gifts or take a winter vacation, the potential energy savings can really add up.
- Savings – the right energy system designed for your home can save hundreds of dollars each year.
- Reduction in Air Pollution – natural gas will reduce the harmful toxins released into the atmosphere from other energy sources, such as oil and coal.
- Reduction on Foreign Oil – depending on the natural gas supplier, then switching to a domestic company helps the country’s reliance on foreign energy companies.
The local Connecticut natural gas provides generally include home energy calculators on their web sites to showcase how much homeowners might be able to save. The sites usually include a loan calculator as well to help you understand how long the conversion will pay for itself. For more information from Connecticut energy providers, please click on the links below.
At SolvIt, we want our customers to make the right decision for them. It’s one thing to make a promise about your energy savings, it’s another to be able to demonstrate it. In that effort, we also provide our customers with energy calculators as well.
Simply enter your heating oil information the calculator will do the rest! The calculator demonstrates your costs to heat your home with gas compared to oil.
Additionally, SolvIt offers financing programs for major home projects.
Things to Note about an Oil to Gas Conversion
Like most things involved with a home, there is not a one size fits all approach. In evaluating an oil to gas conversion, then every situation is unique. There are certain factors that contribute to your ability to convert and save. First and foremost, natural gas must be available in your area.
In Connecticut, EnergizeCT provides the following map to help customers evaluate the oil to gas conversion by indicating areas with natural gas availability.
Beyond the availability of natural gas in your area, there are a few other considerations to factor when making an oil to gas conversion decision. To start, the size of your home and equipment choice will have direct impact on the overall pricing and savings.
An important consideration to note is expected amount of time to continue living in your current home. As noted, the monthly savings are immediate, but there are upfront costs to make the switch. If you are considering selling your home in the next couple of years, then this may not be the best financial decision. If you plan to live in your home for at least 4 years, then the overall savings will compound after the upfront costs are recouped.
Additionally important for your family is home air pollution. On average, we spend 90% of our time inside. In the brutal New England winters, how often do we spend many nights cuddled up watching movies with our families? By converting to gas, you can greatly reduce your home’s CO2 emissions and eliminate the noxious odors that go along with oil heat and improve your home’s air quality. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental dangers! Improved air quality will help with those eye, nose and throat irritations as well.
Oil to Gas Conversion Process
If you are considering an oil to gas conversion, then it is important to understand the steps involved. First, the conversion requires specialists that are trained in the process. Not every HVAC technician is properly educated in the oil to gas conversion process, so please confirm the credentials of any technician you may choose.
The general process is fairly straightforward. Once you decide to make the conversion, then ensure that natural gas is available by calling your local gas company or contacting SolvIt and asking us to confirm.
With the natural gas availability confirmed, then your HVAC technician will work with your local gas company to complete the conversion. The natural gas company needs to ensure there is a gas line that goes directly into your house. The HVAC technician will work to remove your old boiler and replace with a natural gas furnace.
At SolvIt, we are uniquely qualified to help you enjoy the many advantages natural gas heat provides to you and your family. The main advantage is money, including up to 50% or more in energy savings alone. Based on that calculation, a new natural gas system will pay for itself in just 3-4 years on average.
We also pride ourselves on our customer service and convenience. For reference, we work with Connecticut’s utility companies to help you determine if you’re eligible for a free gas hook-up. SolvIt promotes EnergizeCT 0% financing option, along with other incentives to make the transition from oil to gas as hassle-free as possible.
We offer all of our gas conversion services throughout Connecticut including:
- oil to gas.
- propane to gas.
- electric to gas.
As part of our efforts to help our customers, please let us know if you have any questions regarding any home services.