Shouldn't I consider equipment efficiency and not just price over the longer term?
Yes. With natural gas you benefit from both price and efficiency. Whether for the home or business, natural gas is the most efficient choice. So look beyond which energy source costs more (or less) from year to year and do consider system efficiency.
Natural gas furnaces & boilers are up to 96% efficient. What's more, natural gas boilers maintain high efficiency ratings and offer higher combustion efficiency over time without loss of efficiency due to soot build up inside the boiler as a result of burning oil.
The Home Energy Solutions program is a great place to start finding ways to save energy at home. It's a home energy assessment performed by a utility-authorized contractor who makes on-the-spot improvements, including caulking and sealing of critical air leaks and provides exclusive money-saving rebates on appliances, heating and cooling systems and more. A modest fee is collected at the time of service and your income may be eligible for a free energy assessment. Call 1 877 WISE USE (877-947-3873) to speak with an energy professional during business hours.