Does Switching Fuels Make Sense?

What Should You Do When Your Old Heating System Needs to Be Replaced?

does switching fuels make sense

Oilheat systems typically last 30 years or even longer. However, the older the system is, the greater the gain in efficiency and cleanliness you will achieve when you invest in an upgrade.

Keep in mind that older oilheat systems are no different than any other outdated heating system, regardless of the fuel used. Old systems can generate higher-than-necessary fuel bills, but they can easily be replaced with equipment that incorporates new oilheat technology.

The nonprofit Consumer Energy Council of America concluded that changing fuel sources does not make economic sense and a better investment would be to upgrade an older system to new oilheat equipment to improve efficiency.

Keep Saving with Oilheat: 5 Ideas

  1. Get a heating system tune-up done each year (spring and summer are the best times); this increases system efficiency, reducing your fuel use by as much as 10%.
  2. Install smart programmable thermostats to automate your home temperature settings. This can reduce your energy use by as much as 10%.
  3. Install a modern oil-heating system if your current heating equipment is more than 20 years old. On average, you could reduce your annual heating costs by 30% or even more.
  4. Distribute heat evenly in rooms by running a ceiling fan in reverse. By recirculating the warm air trapped near the ceiling, you can lower your thermostat—and save money on heat.
  5. If you have a boiler, consider installing an indirect-fired water heater. This uses your boiler as its own heat source and can reduce your water heating costs significantly during the cold months.

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