Oil sucks

We’re having our energy audit tomorrow morning so that we can get some nice rebates for our new boiler.  At this point, I don’t think I could be happier with a piece of heating equipment. […]

We’re having our energy audit tomorrow morning so that we can get some nice rebates for our new boiler.  At this point, I don’t think I could be happier with a piece of heating equipment.  Here’s what we used to have:

Well… here it is after it was all chopped up and dragged kicking and screaming out of our basement.  We had a giant oil filed boiler and a separately oil filed hot water heater.  Both were fed from a 275 gallon above ground storage tank.  This advanced piece of circa 1905 equipment used 1.25 gallons of oil per hour.

Then there was this thing.  Nobody was quite sure what it really was… though most HVAC experts were pretty sure it wasn’t being used, and the general consensus was that at some point it “helped” to make “small amounts” of hot water… with coal.  Nice.

Finally – this tank will NEVER be filled again.  At $3.59 a gallon, we were just gobbling up the horrid stuff to the tune of about 950 gallons in a VERY warm winter.  Nuts to that.

I do have to say, it appears to have been a well-built machine.  In the age of steam trains and robber barons, this was the 3D LED TV of its day, I’m sure.  Enough cast iron to win a small war.  It did the house well… but Petro Oil made out even better.  And F them, so on to the EnergyStar, high efficiency, tankless natural gas awesomeness that is our new condensing combination boiler.

Hung on the wall like a picture of efficiency.  Navien (a South Korean company, apparently) CH-240 combination boiler.  This thing does endless/instant domestic hot water and has a separate loop for our radiators.  So far it’s performed as well as it looks.  I’m still waiting for a real gas bill – but it looks like we’ve used about 100 therms of gas in the last month… about $108 worth… compare that with roughly 200 gallons of oil.  Even without the rebates, this will pay for itself very soon… and is so much better for the environment than our old guzzler.  Petro, you can take that (and your $399 early termination fee) and shove it.

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