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When thinking about switching fuels, carefully consider all the facts.

Natural gas providers, in particular, are keen to urge consumers to switch to their heating fuel. This is commonly urged without disclosure of the true expenses, and with no discussion regarding real savings through conservation rather than hyped savings through marketing ploys. Of course, this decision truly deserves careful consideration and calculation to avoid all-too-common “switcher’s remorse.”

The true costs of converting from oil heat to natural gas.
Here are just some of the costs and issues that you’re not likely to hear from a natural gas provider who’s urging you to convert:
  • A “free” gas equipment offer doesn’t include labor (a new gas system with installation charges starts around $2,900).
  • Such offers don’t include other conversion costs like relining your chimney (average cost: $1,500).
  • Installation does not include oil heat storage tank removal (starts around $500).
  • Your removal costs are much higher if the storage tank is underground.
  • You lose the local oil dealer’s personal service, which is replaced by the faceless gas company’s general advice, if you don’t smell gas, you usually have to call a plumber or electrician for any help you may need.
  • You are strapped with current-market pricing, because you cannot decide when to buy your natural gas and then store it for future use—both of which are common practices when using oil heat. So, unlike with oil heat, you’re usually always “buying at peak” with natural gas.
  • You are subject to a near-monopoly’s opportunistic add-on charges to your bill, which is of such concern to Congress that legislation is being considered. (Oil heat distributors do not add on these charges, and must compete with other area distributors for your business.)
  • The potential risks to your family, home and environment are far greater with natural gas—from gas leaks leveling your home, to carbon monoxide threatening your family, to greenhouse gas damage to our atmosphere. (None of these risks exist with safe, stable heating oil.)
If the pitch you hear for switching to natural gas does not include the above facts, you might just ask yourself why. Why they weren’t mentioned. And why you would switch after knowing these things, rather than look at ways you can save money on oil heat by replacing and maintaining your system, and reducing your fuel consumption.

Review our interactive guide that takes you through the facts you should consider before switching from oil. To begin, click on the “Start” button below.
Installing a new oil heating system is usually the best way to save.

It’s truly remarkable how efficient and environmentally friendly today’s oil heating systems are.
New technologies provide “intelligent warmth,” with smart-controls and self-diagnostics that will tightly regulate operation and alert both you and your oil dealer to potential problems. In fact, today’s oil heat systems burn 95% cleaner than the best of the 1970s.

The following chart shows the average annual savings you could expect from upgrading to a new system with only 85% efficiency:

These savings do not include the elimination of expensive repairs and maintenance costs associated with an aging system. Nor do they include your potential eligibility for a substantial tax credit for installing a new heating system.
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