4. Is your hot water made in a coil in your boiler, in a water tank with a metal flue, or in an electric water heater?† Hot water stored in a separate water tank with no flue and heated by a boiler with low idle loss will significantly cut hot water fuel consumption.† Although electric hot water is efficient in your home, power plants typically convert and deliver less than 30% of the energy burned to make electricity. This makes electric hot water very expensive and inefficient.
5. Does your boiler, furnace, or water heater have a pilot light?† Pilot lights continuously drain energy which also increases idle loss.† A pilot light is like a beacon that indicates older equipment; very significant savings can be achieved by upgrading these systems to a high efficiency boiler or integrated home heating system.
6. Is your heating duct system well sealed and insulated?† Poorly sealed and un-insulated duct work, especially in unheated spaces, can lead to tremendous heat losses.
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you have a good opportunity to cut your heating bills.