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Buying a Home That Uses Heating Oil

Reasons to Avoid an Electric-Powered House

oilheat efficiency massachusettsIf you’re looking to buy a home in Boston’s South Shore, you may be weighing the pros and cons of purchasing a home that uses heating oil versus electricity. Before you jump on the electrification bandwagon, let’s take a look at some of the ways electricity falls short—especially in our region.

Heating Oil vs Electricity

There are a few reasons to choose a home powered by heating oil, especially in the South Shore. As you search for your next home, consider the following:

  1. Power outages are happening with increasing regularity. The US electric grid is imperfect and vulnerable, especially with extreme weather events becoming more commonplace. It might be hard to imagine winter weather right now, but consider what would happen if a massive winter storm left your new South Shore neighborhood in the dark. Given what winters in New England are like, you wouldn’t want to be dependent on electricity to warm your home. You’d want to have a source of heat that you can depend on every day of the year—no matter what. Heating oil gives you that assures dependability. And you can count on Scott Williams to be there with the heating oil you need. The electric company may let you down, but we won’t. We’ll deliver.
  2. A boiler or furnace powered by heating oil is more practical than an electric heat pump in places like Boston’s South Shore. Electric heat pumps become significantly less effective when the temperature approaches zero degrees. Compared to a system powered by heating oil, an electric heat pump simply won’t warm your home as effectively during the harsh New England winters.
  3. If the home you decide to purchase may need a new heating system soon, consider this: Installing a heat pump is extremely expensive. On average, a new heat pump costs $20,000. On the other hand, you can purchase a new, highly efficient boiler or furnace for less than half that amount and still reduce your carbon footprint. Scott Williams provides expert boiler and furnace installation.

Consider the Environment

In addition to the advantages to choosing a home powered by heating oil, electricity has its drawbacks. Because most of our country’s electricity is generated by coal-burning power plants, electricity is actually America’s second-largest source of greenhouse gases. It’s not the perfect green option some would like you to believe it is.

A Provider You Can Trust

Wherever you end up living in Boston’s South Shore, Scott Williams is a heating oil provider you can trust. We’re committed to delivering for our customers and selling our heating oil at a fair price. Whether you live in Suffolk, Norfolk, or Plymouth County, you can trust us to deliver for you. Click here to see if you live in our service area.

Contact us today to learn more about how Scott Williams can keep you comfortable and save you money.