Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:01:26 GMT
Dozens of Petal residents and members of nearly one dozen Native-American tribes from six Southeastern states are engaging in an exchange of cultures for the first time in the Friendly City this weekend.More >>
Members of the Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and other tribes are taking part in the 12th annual Golden Eagle Pow Wow.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:11:41 GMT
Churches from around the Petal area gathered today for the Community Easter Celebration. Guests from over 18 different church congregations filled the Petal Performing Arts Center to celebrate the trueMore >>
Guests from over 18 different church congregations filled the Petal Performing Arts Center to celebrate the true meaning of Easter with song and praise while listening to scripture reading from several local pastors.
Thursday, April 10 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:13:00 GMT
A Columbia doctor charged with sexual battery has taken his own life. Dr. Martin Ugwudike was found dead in his home in the Canebrake subdivision near Hattiesburg just before noon. Ugwudike, who hasMore >>
A Columbia doctor charged with sexual battery has taken his own life. More >>
We’re not sure if it is worth it to convert from oil heat to gas heat. Although plumbers and utility companies in the Northeast report record numbers of conversions from oil heat to gas heat, it is not clear whether the conversions will pay off in the long run. It’s possible that insulating the house and replacing a large, inefficient oil boiler with a smaller, Energy Star unit would be a safer investment. Let’s look at the cons.
These are four reasons why an oil heat to gas heat conversion might not pay off:
1. The cost of gas might rise. Right now natural gas is cheaper than oil, but if demand increases it is possible that the price of gas will rise. Home heating oil dealers compete with each other, and you also have options like biodiesel fuel blends. If you don’t like your oil supplier, you can change suppliers. Natural gas is (generally) delivered by the local utility company. If they raise the price of natural gas, there is not always a competitor to switch to.
2. Heating delivery problems can negate the value of your investment. According to Habitat Magazine, a magazine for board members and property managers of co-ops and condos, the investment in converting from oil heat to gas heat is worth little if the building has heat distribution problems. Ineffective heat distribution can cause overheating on lower floors, and cold temperatures on upper floors. Revamping your heat delivery system could improve the performance of your oil heater sufficiently to reduce the costs of using it. Revamping your heat delivery system might also be an added cost that would negate the value of the lower cost of natural gas.
3. Ineffective insulation could render your new gas furnace ineffective. Truth be told, ineffective insulation could also be jacking up the price that you are paying for oil heat. Improperly installed attic insulation is one of the biggest heat loss culprits, as well as weak door and window seals. Without paying to convert from oil heat to gas heat, you can lower the cost of home heating by improving your house’s insulation.
4. It might be cheaper to buy a smaller, Energy Star certified oil burner than to convert from oil heat to gas heat. Oldoil boilers in older houses tend to be larger than necessary, and not as efficient as newer, greener oil boilers. According to EnergyStar.gov, new combustion technologies allow new oil boilers to get more heat from the fuel. New Energy Star oil boilers run in the $3000 - $6000 range. Hire an HVAC contractor to install it for you, and your investment is still less than converting from oil heat to gas heat.
Have you converted from oil heat to gas heat? Was it worth it? Please tell us.