If you’re one of the Brooklyn households still using heating oil, it’s time to crunch the numbers on converting to natural gas heating. With New York City phasing out the use of the dirtiest heating oils, it makes sense to look at how the change could benefit your family financially.
Converting your boiler to natural gas means cheaper heating in the long run. The cost savings can be significant enough to pay back the investment within a few years. For example, if converting to gas costs $4,000, if a household saves $1,000 in heating costs per year, it would only take 4 years to recover the cost. Converting to gas definitely makes financial sense if you plan to live in your Brooklyn home for at least 10 more years.
How much can you save by converting to natural gas? Con Edison provides a fuel cost comparison calculator to help give you an idea of the potential cost savings. You’ll also save money through lower maintenance costs. Brooklyn residents can take advantage of rebates offered by Con Edison and National Grid to offset the expenditure.
According to NYC Environmental Protection, all boilers must be converted to burn either low sulfur No. 2 heating oil or natural gas by 2030. It’s not just a matter of protecting the environment. The change can save human lives and protect health:
Upon full implementation, these regulations will reduce the amount of fine particles emitted from heating buildings by at least 63 percent. They could lower the overall concentration of fine particles in the city’s air from all sources by 5 percent. We estimate that these air quality improvements could prevent approximately 200 deaths, 100 hospitalizations, and 300 emergency room visits for illnesses caused by air pollution each year.
If you want to learn more about converting your heating system to natural gas, reach out to the professionals at Petri Plumbing today to learn more about our services!