It's no secret that the state of the economy is in a bad way. Many Americans are out of work, unable to pay their bills, keep their homes or even feed their families. Those of us that are fortunate enough to be working are trying to keep our bills down by any means we can.
There are many ways to do this, from clipping coupons from the supermarket flyer to fixing something in our homes instead of buying a new one or just cutting out any unnecessary expenses.
Unfortunately, one of our biggest expenses cannot be eliminated. That is the cost of heating our homes. What can we do to lessen this burden? Well, first of all, we can turn the heat down. Replacing an old thermostat with a new digital set back thermostat is an easy way to save fuel. The new thermostat can be programmed for different temperatures throughout the day. So while your at work your not paying to heat an empty house yet when you return, you'll find a warm home waiting for you. Homes that have multiple thermostats can save even more.
A more dynamic approach is to replace that old boiler with a new, more efficient system. Most boilers that are 20 or more years old are only 70% or less efficient. That means that for every $100 in fuel you spend, $30 or more is being thrown out. Today's boilers on the low end are at least 80% efficient and high efficiency hydronic boilers can run as high as 96%. That means that you can save as much as $26 of those $30 you were previously throwing away.
There are many options to save on fuel costs. Give us a call so we can review your system and find the right one for you.
Most old oil fired boilers are no more efficient than their gas counterparts. Some homes have boilers that used to work with oil but were converted to gas by only changing the burner. These are usually the least efficient of all. Multiply that by the dirt and odor of fuel oil and natural gas becomes the obvious choice.
Natural gas burns clean and efficiently. Systems running on natural gas require less maintenance and are typically subject to fewer repairs.
The images above contain information about fuel costs and rebates currently being offered to consumers in the areas served by National Grid.
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On January 2nd, 2013 the federal government passed a new incentives package for homeowners to be more energy efficient.
You can save up to $500 on your taxes if you made energy efficient upgrades to your home in 2012 or plan to in 2013. You will need to file IRS form 5695 with your 2012 or 2013 taxes and should maintain copies of the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement and any receipts or itemized bills.
Water Heaters ($300 Tax Credit)
Electric heat pump water heaters with an energy factor of at least 2.0 Natural gas, propane, or oil water heater with an energy factor of at least 0.82 or a thermal efficiency of at least 90 percent
Furnaces ($150 Tax Credit)
Natural gas, propane, or oil furnace with an AFUE of less than or equal to 95%.
Boilers ($150 Tax Credit)
Natural gas, propane, or oil boiler with an AFUE of less than or equal to 95%.
This credit applies whether you are converting from oil to gas or upgrading an existing gas appliance.
Depending on your locations in New York City and Long Island, your gas provider may offer additional incentives.
All of the incentives currently available make it a great time to install a better, more efficient heating system. Not to mention the savings you will enjoy year after year with you new, fuel conserving boiler.
Call us to schedule a system evaluation. We will measure and calculate the size and type of boiler you need. We can also advise on other fuel economizing options.
No matter what you budget, we can find a way to make your heating system more effective.
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