Home Oilheat Association Urges Caution When Considering Converting to Other Heat Sources

    BURLINGTON, ON, July 10 /CNW/ - The Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Oil
Heat Association (COHA) recommends homeowners take the time to become fully
informed on the modern advantages of oilheat before contemplating a switch to
alternative home energy sources such as natural gas, electric or wood.
    COHA Ontario advises homeowners considering converting to another heat
source ask themselves the following critical questions. And if clear answers
aren't available, the Association believes the next question should be: Is it
worth the gamble?

    -   Are other fuel prices stable? Natural gas companies just announced
        increases up to 45%.
    -   What about additional monthly charges that appear on the bill, like
        Transportation Cost, Storage Cost and Delivery Cost, as with natural
        gas? (This is not the case with oilheat)
    -   Will the large cost of replacing a furnace and related equipment
        really be recovered in actual fuel savings while you own the home?
    -   Will a different heat source provide the same house-warming comfort
        and hot water capacity?
    -   Are other fuels clean-burning and environmentally friendly?
    -   Is it more cost effective to find ways to conserve energy instead of
        converting? Accordingly, are you aware of all the ways to improve the
        efficiency of your current furnace through equipment upgrades, plus
        the many ways to prevent heat loss from your home?

    "The Canadian Oil Heat Association is pleased to provide clear answers
about oilheat," says spokesperson Constance Wrigley-Thomas. Research from a
number of organizations supports the following facts:

    -   All fuel prices rise and fall on a daily basis. An independent
        Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA) report showed that over the
        past 20 years, oil and natural gas prices have tracked each other.
    -   Today's high efficiency fuel oil appliances operate in the 85% range,
        and ultra-modern furnaces in the 95% range are now here. Plus
        innovative add-ons for older furnaces guarantee to reduce fuel
        consumption by 10% or more. Federal and provincial government rebates
        are available to assist homeowners with eligible improvements.
    -   Oil improves household comfort. Oil creates the hottest flame of any
        heating fuel, so the air exiting the registers is up to 30% warmer
        than with other fuels.
    -   Oilheat quickly replenishes hot water supply. An oil-fired water
        heater can heat water up to twice as fast as natural gas and up to
        5 times faster than electricity.
    -   Another Consumer Energy Council of America study concluded
        "...converting to another fuel from oil makes no economic sense and a
        better investment would be to upgrade older equipment, therefore
        improving efficiencies."
    -   Today's oilheat is exceptionally clean. Fuel oil refinements now mean
        99.9 of the fuel is used to create heat, with less than 0.1 %
        discharged as particulates. That's great news for the environment.

    "Be informed and be sure," is what COHA Ontario recommends, says
Wrigley-Thomas. "The Association's goal is to help each homeowner make the
right energy choice for their particular needs. And most will find the smart,
financially-wise choice is upgrades and conservation, instead of conversion."

    About COHA Ontario

    The Canadian Oil Heat Association - Ontario Chapter is a provincial
organization established in 2004 by industry professionals including fuel oil
dealers, major oil companies, equipment manufacturers, wholesalers,
contractors and trainers. The Association has over 350 Ontario members.
    COHA Ontario Chapter is the collective voice that continually provides
members with an impacting presence with the specific regulators and
standard-writing organizations that direct or create policies, and with the
public and media in the province.

For further information:

For further information: Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE - Executive
Director, COHA Ontario Chapter, Tel: (905) 336-8943, Email: ontario@coha.ca

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