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PURA Approves On-Bill Financing

A recent article in the Hartford Business Journal highlights “a key tool in [Connecticut] Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed $7 billion expansion of the natural gas home heating system” – allowing homeowners to pay for conversion and upgrade costs through financing on their electric or natural gas bills. Converting from expensive home-heating oil to natural gas offers significant savings to homeowners in the Northeastern United States, as natural gas costs far less per BTU. However, the upgrade costs can reach into the thousands of dollars. Allowing homeowners to pay those costs over time as a portion of their utility bill will allow many more to consider converting, and could improve the environment as well, as natural gas burns cleaner. Contact Us

A Harsh Winter Leads to Massive Energy Costs

According to an article in the Hartford Business Journal, “New England businesses and residents have almost spent as much money money on heat and power this winter than [sic] they did in all of 2012 combined.” [emphasis mine] The New England region’s winter heating and electricity tab ran north of $5 billion dollars during the period from December to February, reflecting the reality of one of the coldest winter seasons the area has seen in recent memory. Cold weather, coupled with high demand for a limited amount of natural gas added to the increased costs. The article goes on to state, “by comparison, in 2012, the cost of heating and electricity for all 12 months was $5.2 billion.” The numbers, while not directly tied to oil…

Connecticut Businesses, Residents saved $53M through 2013 efficiency

A recent article in the Hartford Business Journal highlighted Connecticut businesses, residents, and municipalities saving over $53 million dollars annually in 2013 due to energy efficiency improvements. More than 4,000 businesses and municipalities participated in energy-savings programs last year, saving just under half of the $53 million dollar total. A big-dollar energy savings program can be put in place by converting businesses from oil to natural gas. Governor Malloy has pledged support to bring natural gas to hundreds of thousands of locations in Connecticut where it is not currently available. ETTER Engineering has a long history of oil-to-gas conversions and is ready to assist your business in evaluating the ROI on converting to clean-burning natural gas. Give us a call today at 800-444-1962 to discuss…

Brace yourself for your next Utility Bill

Millions of Americans could be in for a surprise when they get their next heating bill. Some of the nation’s largest utilities say energy bills will be significantly higher in February following a string of big snow storms that blanketed the Northeast and Midwest last month. Con Edison (ED, Fortune 500), which supplies gas and electricity to 3 million people living in New York City and surrounding areas, expects February heating bills for the typical household to increase more than 16% from last year. And it’s not just heating bills that are going up. Con Ed said the recent price surge in natural gas, which is used to generate power, will lead to a 22% spike in electricity bills this month. In Michigan, DTE Energy (DTE, Fortune 500) said gas bills will…

Natural Gas gets high praise from Obama SOTU address

President Obama SOTU address shone a spotlight on natural gas production and the contribution of natural gas towards U.S. energy independence. Below is an excerpt from the SOTU address: Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy. The “all the above” energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today America is closer to energy independence than we have been in decades. One of the reasons why is natural gas. If extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change. Businesses plan to invest almost a hundred billion dollars in new factories that use natural gas. I’ll cut red tape to…

More Connecticut Companies Upgrading to Natural Gas

A recent article from Hartford Business.com highlights the continued march towards natural gas conversions throughout the Northeast. The Hartford Steam Company has been heating and cooling businesses and residential buildings throughout downtown Hartford for 52 years, yet they are faced with the same realities as many other alternative-heating companies today: Natural Gas is cheaper. According to the article, State House Square’s contract with Hartford Steam expires on Feb. 1st, and the manager of the building is “99.9% sure” they will be switching to an in-house natural gas system. With a $500,000 energy efficiency grant from the State and $1.5 million in annual energy cost savings, the ROI on the nearly $7 million project will be roughly 4 years. State House Square’s decision is just one of…

ETTER Engineering Partners with Lifecycle Renewables

ETTER Engineering is excited to announce our partnership with Lifecycle Renewables, makers of renewable fuels using waste cooking oil and fats. This exciting partnership will give us an alternative when we have an existing client or future client that wants to convert from #2, #4, or #6 heating oil and we can’t convert them to natural gas. Read more… Contact Us

Waste Heat Recovery Can Save You Money Almost Immediately!

As a leader in sustainable and renewable technologies, ETTER Engineering is a proud representative of Cain Industries. Cain Industries waste heat recovery systems allow industrial users to recover waste heat for use within their facilities. Offering a no-risk return on investment, installing a fuel-saving economizer on a combustion source will typically deliver a payback within 12 to 18 months. Of course, your exact payback period will depend on your situation. Our Market Specific Product Lines include: – Gas & Diesel Cogeneration – Boiler Economizer Systems – Fume Incinerator Systems Learn More About Waste Heat Recovery Contact Us

Oil to Gas Conversions to Get a Boost in Connecticut

Thanks to a decision by Connecticut’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), up to 280,000 additional customers will be added to the rolls of three natural gas companies in the coming years. As the article from ctnewsjunkie.com states, “The [PURA] gave final approval to a plan by three natural gas companies to expand their footprint in the state. The final decision concluded that all new natural gas customers will be able to spread the cost of conversion over a period of 10 years.” Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy said, “Gas pipeline capacity into the New England region is limited, and this has caused prices to spike in the winter when gas is needed both to heat homes and run power plants,”…”The gas expansion plan called for in…

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