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Thinking Of Converting To Gas? Don't.
"In 95 out of 100 cases, it makes economic sense to stick with oil, and if an energy-related investment is desired, to invest in conservation."
- Consumer Energy Council of America
Let's state the facts right now: Oilheat has a better record on price than gas heat, is safer than gas heat, and is more efficient than gas heat, among other benefits. Save money and gain peace of mind - stick with Oilheat.
Oilheat costs less than gas heat.
Oilheat has been a better deal than natural gas in New York State, on a BTU-for-BTU basis for the majority of the past 20 years. In the future, Oilheat may remain a better value than gas heat. According to industry analysts, a combination of economic recovery, increased liquefied natural gas exports and more gas used in power production could raise natural gas prices by 25% to 50%.
Oilheat is better for our environment than gas heat.
The utilities don't want you to know about a controversial gas drilling practice known as hydrofracturing ("fracking" for short), which is causing plenty of protests around the country as well as in New York State. Fracking is a process by which millions of gallons of chemical-laced water are injected underground at very high pressure to free the gas. Fracking is widely believed to have contaminated many water wells and caused flammable methane to enter homes through faucets and showerheads. It also generates more air pollution than traditional methods of drilling do.
Utility gas leaking from aging underground pipes has been linked to killing trees. The reason is methane - which makes up of 95% of the gas - contaminating the soil. Methane is also up to 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in producing global warming.
Oilheat rates are easier to understand than gas heat rates.
National Grid actually has a section on its website where you can view a gas bill "demo" - all five pages of it - including delivery adjustments and surcharges. With Oilheat rates, what you see is what you get.
Oilheat upgrades cost less than gas conversions ... and save you more money.
A conversion of your Oilheating system to gas can cost as much as $10,000 - including installation, a new chimney liner, water heater and tank removal - and if there's little or no savings on the fuel you use, then there's no payback from this substantial investment. But by upgrading to a new technologically advanced Oilheat system - with a greater combustion efficiency than a gas heat system - you would spend only about half that amount and cut your fuel bills by upwards of 30%!
Oilheat is safer than gas heat.
Unlike natural gas, fuel oil is not explosive. What's more, if you have a system malfunction, an Oilheating system will give you tell-tale signs such as smoke, odors or even soot before releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, (CO). Gas heating systems give you no warning of CO production or release.
With Oilheat, you get warm, personal service.
With Oilheat, you receive personalized, "I'll-be-right-over" service from a local distributor who knows you and your heating system. One call is all it takes. Contrast that with trying to get service from your local gas utility. In fact, customer satisfaction surveys indicate that the utilities generally tend to be bureaucratic and unresponsive toward their customers. To them, you're just an account number. To us, you're a valued customer.