Oil heat is quickly becoming an archaic heating method, especially when compared to natural gas, and its use is declining quickly within the United States. On average, Gas heating methods cost considerably less than oil and as an alternative it lessens our nation’s dependence on foreign oil—making it popular among U.S consumers in recent years. In line with sustainable energy trends, Gas is a cleaner method—it emits much less carbon than oil heat. Not only will gas conversion save you money, but it will also help the environment and increase your quality of life.

Cleaner Natural Gas Heat

“Statistics have proven that, over time, switching to gas heat will save your business a significant amount of money.”


You can judge the cleanliness of a heating fuel by the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) it produces when it’s burned. CO2 buildup is one of the most troubling contributors to the decay of our environment and is a problem that we must solve. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that is said to contribute to global warming.  The United States Energy Information Administration states that natural gas emits 117 pounds of CO2 per million BTU’s of energy. In comparison, Diesel fuel and heating oil produce 161.3 pounds of CO2 per million BTU’s. This means that for every million BTU’s that are needed to heat your space, oil heat will deposit 41.3 more pounds of harmful CO2 into the environment than natural gas. Over the course of a winter that adds up to large savings. 

Besides the typical reasons for being environmentally conscious, an added benefit to this environmentally conscious attitude is that it also saves you money. The government offers rebates, to qualifying energy customers for switching to environmentally friendly methods.  Each organization can do their part for the environment by decreasing their personal carbon footprint. Switching to Gas heating will go a long way toward preserving and saving the world in which we live.

Lower Cost Natural Gas Heat

Every business is looking for a way to cut costs. Gas conversion is not only good for the environment but it is also a better financial decision. Do not be swayed by the costs associated with changing to gas heat. Statistics have proven that, over time, switching to gas heat will save your business a significant amount of money.

For example, in the winter of 2011, the EIA reported that the average cost of heating a home with natural gas was $732. The average price to heat a home with oil was $2535. Additionally the price of natural gas has remained stable in recent years and all indications are that it will remain relatively stable due to advances in harvesting technology. 

natural gas vs oil heatingConversely, the price of oil has fluctuated wildly. The average cost in 2011 was $2535 — a steep increase from the 2009 average of $1752.

Natural gas is cheaper and more stable because there is a large supply within the United States and the technology to harvest it is growing quickly. The fuel does not have to be transported across national borders and we do not have to interact with other countries to purchase it.

There are various reasons that gas heating is cheaper, and will stay that way for the foreseeable future. I invite you to review your finances and imagine where your company could allocate those savings.  

Efficient Natural Gas Heat

Efficiency can be described as getting the most reward from the least investment. In many ways it is a combination of the two factors discussed earlier; cleanliness and cost. When a heating system is efficient it runs cleaner, costs less, and performs better. The numbers prove that oil heating cannot measure up to gas in terms of efficiency.

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is the standard to measure heating efficiency. This measures the amount of heat delivered to your house compared to how much energy was used by the heating element. The U.S government requires a new furnace to have an AFUE of at least 78%. New oil furnaces typically have an AFUE of 80-89%, while new gas furnaces are usually around the 89-90% range.  

The proof is in the numbers; the average gas furnace comes closer to complete efficiency than the average oil furnace. An efficient gas heating system will get you the most for your money as well as use a smaller amount of energy and raw materials to help preserve the environment.

Most businesses in the United States opt for natural gas to satisfy their heating needs. Oil heating leaves behind a large carbon footprint that threatens our environment. In addition, it also has a higher price that is far more volatile than the that of gas. Adding to the attraction, gas is locally available and it will lessen our dependence on oil exporting countries. These factors, in concert with many others, show that oil heating is an archaic method whose time has passed. Gas heat has revealed itself to be the most reliable choice for modern energy production and now provides heat for most of the United States.  Gas heat is also very flexible and easy to set up. Research the local energy providers in your area to find out if gas conversion is possible for your business.

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Ed Pfleging

SVP of Facilities & Real Estate - Montefiore

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