September 30, 2009 -
With colder weather approaching, National Grid wants customers to know that a properly working heating system can help save money and maintain safety without sacrificing comfort.
The company encourages customers to have furnaces and heating systems checked annually by a qualified heating contractor. While having these systems checked isnít free, itís likely to save money in the long run. Furnaces that havenít been properly inspected or serviced can become inefficient and will likely use more fuel than is necessary to provide optimum comfort.
More importantly, a qualified heating contractor can ensure the heating system is operating safely and that vents and chimneys are operating properly. A malfunctioning furnace or blocked chimney can lead to a build up of deadly, but odorless carbon monoxide gas.
There are several do-it-yourself steps customers can take to improve furnace efficiency. For example, furnace filters should be changed monthly during the heating season. Itís also important to keep the area around your furnace clear of boxes and other objects. A furnace needs air to function properly.
A programmable thermostat that lowers the heat when the house is unoccupied or when customers are sleeping is easy to install and program, and can significantly lower energy bills. In addition, National Grid is offering rebates in select geographic areas for the installation of programmable thermostats. Consider the use of a properly sized humidifier. Air that is humid feels warmer than dry air, allowing the thermostat to be lowered a bit.
Finally, if you are in the market for a new furnace, carefully weigh the purchase of a high-efficiency natural gas model and look into National Gridís convenient rebate options. You can expect to pay more for the most efficient units, but National Grid rebates are available in select areas, and these units will more than pay for the up-front investment over their life cycles.
For more information on energy efficiency, including rebate details and forms for installing additional energy efficiency measures, customers can visit National Gridís website at www.power ofaction.com
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.