Natural gas is one of the cleanest and most cost-efficient energy sources around, but, because it has not been in use as long as coal or oil, many older homes are not set up to use natural gas as their primary source of energy. Conversion can seem like a daunting process, but a few key tips can make it a very worthwhile investment:

1. Find a cost calculator

If you know your usual household energy consumption, then you can often compare directly how much you can save by switching to natural gas. Many natural gas companies have online conversion calculators, which will show you exactly how the costs of oil and gas compare over time. Knowing how much you will save can help you weigh the up-front cost of conversion against the long-term benefits for a financially sound decision.

2. Look for rebates

Because natural gas is clean, efficient, and does not pollute, many cities have clean energy bills in place to encourage people to switch to natural gas. Under these bills, you may find you qualify for a rebate that can offset the cost of your conversion. Check your local government’s website or ask a nearby natural gas company for information on rebates for converting to natural gas.

3. A brand new system might save you money

It is often possible to adapt an existing oil system to handle natural gas, but don’t rule out replacing your heating system with a brand new one, even if it is more expensive. Some modern natural gas systems run at up to 90% efficiency, which can make a huge difference to your energy bill over time. A brand new system might cost more than a simple adaptation, but it will probably pay for itself sooner too.