According to Green Choices, heating a home with mains gas paired with an energy-efficient condensing boiler is likely to be the least expensive option, providing mains gas is available in an area. This is also one of the least polluting conventional ways to heat a home. Other popular methods used to reduce heating bills include replacing a gas boiler with a more energy-efficient model and using a programmable thermostat.
If a boiler is more than 15 years old, NBC's Today: Home and Garden recommends replacing it with a high-efficiency model. These newer units use far less gas than older ones, boasting efficiency ratings of at least 94 percent. In addition to replacing a unit, NBC's Today: Home and Garden recommends adding weather stripping around doors and windows as a way to make heating less expensive. This action, they explain, cuts down on draftiness and can increase the energy efficiency of any one opening by up to 70 percent. Also consider installing a programmable thermostat. Costing between $40 and $100; they automatically lower the temperature when residents are out of the home, as not to waste fuel to heat an empty home. Installing a programmable thermostat does not require any special skills, and directions generally come in the package.
If Mains gas are not available in an area, Green Choices recommends an oil-fired boiler. These have increased in efficiency in recent years, though fluctuations in oil prices make them a less optimal choice than gas boilers.Learn More
To troubleshoot a Nordyne gas furnace, ensure the furnace is turned on appropriately, clean and replace the filter and check to be sure the thermostat has power; check the pilot light and the gas line running into the house. The unit's owner's manual should be consulted for solutions for many of the most common problems.Full Answer >
To start residential service with PG&E, call 1-800-PGE-5000 (1-800-743-5000), and to start business service, call 1-800-468-4743. For business service, you need the business's Federal Tax ID, or for sole proprietors a Social Security number, the business' service address and location of the meter. Residential customers must provide contact information and a Social Security number for billing purposes.Full Answer >
Blue Rhino propane tanks are not available for refills, but rather exchanged for full tanks. When an empty tank is returned, it is cleaned, repainted if necessary, leak-tested, safety-inspected, refilled and covered with a protective cap. Afterwards, it is once again made available at an exchange center.Full Answer >
A baffle plate is a metal plate that sits over the firebox. The baffle plate blocks off the chimney and forces hot gases to remain in the stove for a longer period. This increases the efficiency and heat output of the stove.Full Answer >