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Convert to Natural Gas

Natural Gas is Better for the Environment and Your Budget.

Natural gas is an efficient, safe, and reliable fuel source. It costs less than heating oil, and is one of the cleanest-burning fuels available. Converting to natural gas will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the air quality in your community. Choose natural gas today.

Why Choose Natural Gas?

Choosing natural gas is one of the best decisions that you can make for your home or business. It’s a better fuel source for the environment and your budget. If you’ve been thinking about converting from oil or propane to natural gas, there’s no better time than now to make the switch.

Economical and Efficient

Not only does natural gas cost less than heating oil and propane, the appliances are virtually maintenance-free, which means additional savings. See how the fuel sources compare in the graph below:

Reliable and Safe

Whether you use natural gas to heat or cool your residence or business, you can be assured that natural gas will be there when you need it. Natural gas is piped safely and directly into your home or building through O&R’s well-maintained gas delivery system.

Better for the Environment

Natural gas produces fewer emissions of sulfur, carbon and nitrogen than oil, and it leaves almost no ash particles after burning. The use of natural gas also helps to reduce smog, acid rain and greenhouse gas emissions.

Now is a great time to switch to clean, efficient natural gas.

Before you start the application process, here are a few things to consider:

Step by Step Process

  1. Do you have natural gas available in your neighborhood? If you’re not sure, check with our Gas Locator.
  2. Select a licensed contractor. We have some tips for selecting the right one.

If you decide natural gas is right for you, the following steps should be taken by your licensed contractor to ensure a smooth and timely conversion:

  1. Submit an application for gas service through our Project Center. The application requires:
    • Your property’s block and lot number
    • Your point-of-entry (POE)
    • Existing oil type (2, 4, or 6)
    • Your oil consumption from the previous 24 months
    • Existing, additional and total gas load in cubic feet per hour (CFH)
    • The type of service you will require (firm, interruptible or both)
  2. Adhere to the specifications for natural gas to avoid any code violations.
  3. Submit the Gas Certification – Piping and Appliance Downstream of the Meter form.

Incentives

PCLP offers financial incentives to help offset the cost of energy upgrades. Here are some options for you to consider:

Gas Conversion Rebate

Pike County Light & Power Co. offers a $500 rebate to qualifying residential customers who convert their oil or propane heating system to natural gas by December 31, 2015. You qualify for this offer if:

  • You use oil or propane for your heating needs; or
  • You’re already using natural gas for water heating, clothes drying or cooking, but not for heating needs.

This $500 rebate offer does not apply to new residential construction. To get your $500 rebate, make the switch by the end of the year** and turn in your completed application form. We’ll send you a $500 check* within 45 days of receiving your application.

*PCL&P reserves the right to either issue a check to the rebate applicant or apply rebate monies as a credit to the applicant’s account if it is delinquent. The $500 rebate offer expires on December 31, 2015.

**Installation must be completed between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, and all rebate forms must be received by PCL&P postmarked no later than January 31, 2016.

Energy Efficiency Incentives

Energy efficiency incentives are available to customers who install eligible equipment such as high-efficiency gas heating systems. These incentives can be combined with the Gas Conversion Rebate.

Customer Experiences

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the benefits of converting from oil to natural gas heating?

Natural gas is economical, convenient and cleaner than heating oil, so it’s better for the environment. Natural gas currently costs less than heating oil, and natural gas customers avoid maintenance and equipment costs typically associated with oil heat, such as pumps, motors, filters and permits. Natural gas is a reliable domestic resource, piped directly to your home or building with no need to rely on deliveries.

How much does it cost to convert my oil heating system to natural gas?

Each heating system is different, but depending on the size of the boiler and/or furnace, the piping requirements in your home or business, the efficiency of the boiler you select, contractor labor costs and other factors, a typical conversion project is likely to cost between $2,500 and $3,500.

How long will the conversion take?

The duration of the project will depend on a number of factors, which include responsibilities of the customer, O&R and other entities, such as the municipality that issues work permits and establishes construction stipulations. The scheduling of work inside your building should be coordinated with O&R’s work.

How do I start the conversion process?

PCL&P encourages all customers to work with a licensed professional to assess their internal conversion costs to convert prior to submitting a gas service request. When you are ready to submit a gas service request, visit our Project Center. Some of the information that will be required for submission of this request is your building’s block and lot number, oil type, your oil consumption for the past 24 months and your preferred point-of-entry (POE) for gas service. Please note that information submitted incorrectly or incompletely can delay or invalidate your gas service request.

Upon successful submission, you will receive a case number for future reference or to check the status of your request. Keep in mind that the person who submits the gas service request becomes the contact of record for the project, and that person will receive all correspondence pertaining to the job.

How should I go about selecting the right contractor?
  • Get estimates from at least three contractors who have done an onsite audit of your home or business to assess your specific needs.
  • Before final selection, get written proposals clearly describing work to be done, equipment price and labor costs.
  • Ask contractors to do a heat loss analysis to determine the right equipment size.
  • Ask about manufacturer and contractor warranties; know what’s covered and for how long.
  • Make sure estimates are all for the same things: same size system, same efficiency and same accessories, such as thermostats and wiring.
  • Ask how long you have to cancel a contract and find out if there’s a penalty for doing so.
  • Ask for at least three references and check customers’ satisfaction with the contractor’s services.
  • Find out if the contractor offers annual maintenance service. This is recommended.
  • Make certain the contractor is insured and bonded. Verify workers’ compensation and liability coverage.
  • Other questions to ask: Is a permit required from your local government? Who will be supervising the work? Will the contractor clean up and remove your old equipment? What is the timeline for the work? Will you be without heat or hot water for any length of time?
  • Find out if a contractor is affiliated with a manufacturer. You may want to select a contractor who is factory-trained in working with a particular brand of heating system.
  • Lastly, get a written contract. Understand payment terms and financing options before the job begins. This is in the best interest of you and your contractor.
Do I have to buy gas from PCL&P?

In NY, customers may choose whether to purchase their gas from PCL&P or from an approved energy service company (ESCO). Natural gas is a commodity that is bought and sold in a free market. For additional information regarding your options, see our Energy Choice section.

If I convert to natural gas heating, can I keep my oil tanks for future use?

Ask your licensed professional to ensure that all aspects of your conversion are in compliance with all applicable local, municipal, city, and/or state requirements. These requirements may include disconnection, decommissioning or removal of your existing oil tanks.

How does PCL&P define a residential gas customer?

A residential gas customer is someone supplied with gas service at a premises used as his or her residence. All other customers are non-residential customers.

What rebates and incentives are available?

PCL&P offers a $500 rebate to qualifying residential customers who convert their oil or propane heating system to natural gas by December 31, 2015. O&R also offers rebates for installation of high-efficiency gas heating systems.

Can I participate in both the oil to gas conversion program and the efficiency rebate program?

Yes. Customers who elect firm gas from PCL&P may be eligible for both available oil to gas conversion rebates and PCL&P’s energy efficiency rebates. Restrictions may apply.

What is the typical payback period for my investment?

With the $500 rebate and installation of a high-efficiency gas heating system, your payback period could be anywhere from 24-30 months. Your old heating system is probably inefficient. In fact, depending on its age, it’s probably operating at an efficiency level that could be as low as 60%. In contrast, a new gas heating system can operate at an efficiency level that’s higher than 94%. Therefore, it’s not unheard of to achieve between 20-25% in energy savings when you install a high-efficiency gas heating system.

Who's eligible for the $500 rebate offer?

If you’re an existing PCL&P residential customer and you’re currently heating with oil or propane and have had electric service to your home for at least one year, you’re eligible for this offer.

Do I have to pay a security deposit for gas service?

PCL&P may require a security deposit, typically based on two months of estimated gas usage, prior to gas service turn-on. If you request gas for heating, the estimated gas usage will be based on expected monthly use in the peak season.

Does my meter have to be changed if I convert my heating system to natural gas?

As long as you have gas service and you’re already using natural gas for water heating, clothes drying or cooking, we usually don’t have to change a gas meter for the typical PCL&P customer.

I still have questions. Who can I call?

Call the PCL&P Gas Conversion Team at 845-783-5506 or use our convenient online form. They will be glad to talk to you about the different heating systems available, discuss the benefits of using natural gas, give you tips on obtaining free estimates and answer any questions you may have. If necessary, he’ll even schedule an appointment and come to your home or business.