Ways to Upgrade Your Current Heating System
If your current heating system isn’t the latest high-efficiency model, not to worry. There are still many simple modifications and low-cost upgrades you can make to your current system in order to enjoy long-term energy savings.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Switching out manual thermostats for programmable ones throughout your home is a quick and easy way to save on your energy bills. You can set the heat temperature to be lower in your home while you’re gone during the day to save energy and money, and program it to turn back up so that your house feels comfortable prior to your arrival home. Potential energy-bill savings: 10%
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Schedule a Heating System Efficiency Tune-Up
One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills is to schedule an annual tune-up for your heating system. Your local full-service provider will make sure your system is running effectively and efficiently by ensuring equipment parts are working properly, filters are replaced, and much more. Potential energy-bill savings: 10%
Seal Heating Ducts (Furnace Systems Only)
If you have a central forced-air heating system, the ducts that move the heat through the system can lose up to 30 percent of the air due to leaks, holes, and poor connections. Sealing your ducts can drastically reduce that number, allowing your system to be more efficient. Potential energy-bill savings: 20%
Install an Aquastat Boiler Control (Boiler Systems Only)
An aquastat controls the temperature of the hot water in a boiler, keeping it at a consistent temperature to accommodate winter temperatures (approximately 180°F). But when the weather is warmer, your boiler doesn’t need to heat to that temperature, which wastes energy. Installing an aquastat boiler control senses the outdoor temperature and adjusts the hot water temperature accordingly. Potential energy-bill savings: 10%
Upgrade Your Heating System
Of course, if your boiler or furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s worth looking into replacing your system with a new high-efficiency system. Depending on the age of your current heating equipment, you could save significantly on your energy bills each year, helping to offset the cost of the system installation and save you even more money in the long run. It’s a great investment! Potential energy-bill savings: 50%
Below are useful local and national online resources for additional energy-saving tips, rebates and financial incentives, financing help, and more:
Upgrade & Save PA
The Upgrade and Save – Pennsylvania Energy Efficiency and Safety Rebate offers Pennsylvania homeowners rebates when they install new, higher-efficiency oil-fired furnaces or boilers and/or a new aboveground oil storage tank.
South Central Pennsylvania Energy Association
Get the latest energy news and information relevant to homeowners and businesses in the South Central, PA, area and beyond.
Consumer resource for the latest news on advancement with Oilheat equipment and in the fuel itself.
Pennsylvania Office of Energy and Technology
Find information and links to resources that will help you save energy in your home, including financial and energy efficiency programs available in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Financial Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency
Find energy-efficiency-related financial incentives available to residents and businesses in Pennsylvania.
Home energy loans related to efficiency upgrades for Pennsylvania residents.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s consumer Energy Saver resource contains specific energy-saving information for home heating equipment, as well as up-to-date information on rebates, tax credits, and more.
Make smart decisions about the heating equipment in your home with money-saving tips to heat your home efficiently.