Family of Five Connect to Natural Gas, Cut Heating Costs

A Renovation Case Study

 

After a stint in Boston, Oregon natives Brent and Danielle Sullivan returned to Oregon and bought a 1925 house in Milwaukie. Back east they had enjoyed the efficiencies of natural gas, but in their new residence they relied on an oil furnace and pellet stove for heat. After their first winter and high heating bills, they knew they'd need a new heating system.  

In the fall of 2016, they installed natural gas heating and cooling equipment and officially became natural gas customers.

A 1925 home and Milwaukie family of five connect to natural gas, receive a heating and cooling overhaul
A 1925 home and Milwaukie family of five connect to natural gas, receive a heating and cooling overhaul

The switch from an oil furnace and pellet stove to natural gas has been transformative for the Sullivans, who live in a charming 2,600-sq.-foot farmhouse with their children Sebastian, 9, Oliver, 4, and Ellie, 2, plus rescue pup Apollo.

According to Brent, "This is an old home, so it was cold and drafty in the winter, and our winter heating bills were $600-$700 per month. That's why we began to seriously weigh our heating options. After switching to natural gas, it's really amazing — our heating bills were about half of what they had been in the past years. Plus, our whole house was warm. We'd walk in the back door, and it was cozy."

With the new heating and cooling system installed, the Sullivans are thinking about additional future upgrades.

"Back in New England, we had gas appliances and loved cooking on a gas range. We'd like to feel the same way in our new home, so we are looking at adding a gas stove and water heater in the future," Brent said.

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