Last year we spent a RIDICULOUS amount of money on oil. Like, ridiculous. This year we are switching to gas! There’s a lot that goes into it, so I thought I’d document where we’re at so far and where we have to go to help anyone else who wants to look into this and to make sure I remember all the important things in the contract I’m signing.
- Call your utilities company to see if they have a reimbursement program for oil to gas conversion. Ours did, yay!
- The utilities company will send someone to your house to see if your burner will work with a conversion- generally it just needs to be less than 10 years old. Ours is, yay!
- The utilities company will then send a plumber to do some things I don’t understand. Whatever he did, it took about 5 minutes and we were cleared.
- Then you have to get estimates to have your chimney swept and lined. This is the only part we are paying for, and it could cost between $300-$700 dollars. I’ve left message with 2 places and neither called back so I need to call more today.
- (This is where we’re at now) The utilities company will send 2 contracts. The first one is for installation of gas service, ours notes that this will cost about $7000 but the cost to us is $0. Read the contract no matter how long it is! The second contract says we will pay $10 a month to rent the burner conversion from them and we will use a certain amount of gas per year (a reasonable, doable amount). It also states that they will pay for the installation of the burner conversion up to $2000. This is important, because if you don’t live a certain amount of feet from a gas line you will have to pay about $15 per foot to get it to your house.
- One day the chimney sweep people will call us back and we can have them give us an estimate.
- The chimney must be swept within 24 hours of the conversion.
- The conversion will happen.
- You’ll never have to pay for oil again! Hooray!!
So there you go, not 100% on the topic of organization but still very important with nice, ordered steps.