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Natural Gas and Oil Heating Systems

If you plan to buy a new heating system, ask your local utility or state energy office for information about the latest technologies available to consumers. They can advise you about more efficient systems on the market today. For example, many newer models incorporate designs for burners and heat exchangers that result in higher efficiencies during operation and reduce heat loss when the equipment is off.

Consider a sealed combustion furnace; they are both safer and more efficient.

Long-Term Savings Tip

  • Install a new energy-efficient furnace to save money over the long term. Look for the ENERGY STAR and EnergyGuide labels.

Carbon-Monoxide Detector

Carbon-monoxide (CO) detectors are recommended (and may even be required by local codes) in homes with fuel-burning appliances, such as natural gas furnaces, stoves, ovens and water heaters, and fuel-burning space heaters. An alarm signals homeowners if CO levels reach potentially dangerous levels.