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Converting to Natural Gas
Natural gas is considered to be the cleanest burning fossil fuel at the point of combustion. Converting to gas can also lead to cost savings due to lower fuel prices and reduced boiler maintenance and operating costs. However, the process of converting to natural gas requires significant advanced planning. Six months to a year is needed to evaluate internal conversion costs, coordinate with utilities on accessing a gas line, develop a construction timeline, and determine financing for your conversion. See below for the steps to convert to natural gas or click here to download an in-depth guide for converting to natural gas.
Two natural gas utilities serve buildings in New York City. Con Edison serves all of Manhattan and Bronx, and parts of northern Queens. If you live in the Bronx or Manhattan, please click here to learn more about Con Edison’s Area Growth Zone plan or watch our video here. National Grid serves all of Brooklyn and Staten Island, and southern Queens. Click here to find out whether Con Edison or National Grid provides gas service in your neighborhood. Only the utility serving your area can deliver gas to your building and it charges for each unit of gas that is delivered. However, building owners can purchase the commodity itself from any company. Click here for information on Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) that sell natural gas.
1. Contact the NYC Retrofit Accelerator Team
The NYC Retrofit Accelerator's team of efficiency advisors can answer your technical and financing questions. If your building is burning No. 4 fuel oil, the Retrofit Accelerator team can help you understand the natural gas options available to you. This could include assembling a cluster of buildings near you to convert to gas as a group, Con Edison Area Growth Zones, or other means. Contact the Retrofit Accelerator for more information.
2. Determine Conversion Costs
Depending on the condition of your building’s equipment and location, conversions to natural gas will require varying amounts of upfront investment. Obtain a cost proposal from a licensed contractor to determine the approximate internal conversion costs. These can include lining of the chimney, burner replacement, internal plumbing, asbestos remediation, or gas booster/reducer.
3. Understand Operating Savings and Pay-Back
Natural gas prices are predicted to stay lower than oil prices for the next decade. As a result, pay-back periods for natural gas conversions are often short, especially when also taking reduced maintenance and efficiency measures into consideration. Efficiency measures may also qualify buildings for incentives.
4. Submit an Application Package to Con Edison or National Grid
Have a licensed professional fill out a service request to your natural gas utility. The utility company will be in touch with your representative to acknowledge receipt of the application, provide any associated cost of the gas line extension, and detail the next steps. Click here for Con Edison’s and National Grid’s gas conversion web site.
For more information on the different gas rates and services New York City utilities offer, please click here.