Switching from one fuel to another makes no sense.....



    MARKHAM, ON, July 16 /CNW/ - The Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA)
says the first step to saving energy and reducing GHG emissions is scheduling
an Energy Audit for your home to determine the best bang for your buck when
investing in energy efficiency.
    "The first step isn't switching from one fuel to another," says Veronica
Yu, President and CEO of COHA. "This merely takes advantage of a momentary
price gap." Ms. Yu also reminds consumers of all fuels that their heating
and/or cooling system plays an integral role in their home's comfort and
efficiency, and the investment is a long-term decision that shouldn't be made
based on a short-term situation. Yu goes on to say that if the gas or electric
utility are advising you to switch out your oil heating system based solely on
price comparison, they are providing a disservice.
    Yu states that over the past 25 years, conservation and energy efficiency
in Canada have saved more energy than all new fuel sources combined. She adds,
"If the energy crisis could be solved by switching from one fuel to another it
wouldn't be a crisis."
    COHA points to a number of studies completed by CECA (Consumer Energy
Council of America) that emphatically state that a decision to switch fuels is
a risky venture over future prices. Their analysis also shows that over the
past 20 years, oil and natural gas prices have tracked each other over time,
so switching out today doesn't mean you'll save tomorrow, as all fuel prices
rise and fall on a daily basis. "It's a natural tendency for consumers to
consider switching to the lesser expensive fuel of the day," says Yu. "Our
association has been working hard to help our customers make smart, economic
choices to reduce their heating bills." The CECA study conclusions are clear:

    
      -  For ALL consumers, investing in energy efficiency measures makes the
         most economic sense.

      -  Consumers will see no long-term savings by switching their heating
         system....
    

    "Conservation measures are always the best way to deal with high heating
costs, and can be implemented without the wager of switching to other fuels,"
continues Yu. "As a first step, we strongly encourage customers to invest in
an energy audit. This audit will outline many energy efficiency measures that
will reap the greatest gains in energy savings, as well as identifying the
highest returns on your investment."
    "We're proud to say that our association has been advocating energy
conservation since it's inception in 1983, long before it was hip to be
green," says Yu. COHA applauds government in recognizing the long-term
benefits of conserving energy, no matter what fuel source is being utilized.
With the launch of the Federal EcoEnergy Retrofit Program and many provincial
programs topping up the federal rebates, the message to invest in energy
conservation is now in the forefront."
    From an environmental perspective, investing in energy conservation not
only saves you money, it also reduces GHG emissions, resulting in healthier
air quality and a cleaner environment. "Energy conservation is no longer a
fringe concept," says Yu. "It's part of our future and part of our children's
future".
    For more information on smart energy-saving options, visit
www.TodaysOilheat.com

    About the Canadian Oil Heat Association
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    The Canadian Oil Heat Association is a national organization comprised of
about four hundred oil heat professionals, including fuel oil dealers, major
oil companies, manufacturers, wholesalers, contractors, trainers, and other
professionals. Its mission is to serve as the industry's voice to provincial
and federal regulators and government decision makers on matters of policy,
safety, and certification. COHA has provincial chapters in Ontario, Nova
Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador that
focus on provincial regulatory, training, and promotion activities.





For further information:

For further information: Veronica Yu, President & CEO, Canadian Oil Heat
Association, Email: oilheat@coha.ca, Web: www.todaysoilheat.com

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