May 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 9, 2013

NYSEG gas line

TO THE EDITOR: Cumberland Head residents have an opportunity offered by NYSEG for a tremendous cost savings in heating costs.

In order to take advantage of this, we, as residents, must sign up with NYSEG.

There seems to be a bit of confusion to some residents as to the term “commitment” on the form submitted to NYSEG. Confusing as it maybe, NYSEG installs first the main gas line on Cumberland Head. Then it’s up to you when that main gas line is in front of your home; you decide whether you want to connect or not. There is no commitment to connect regardless of your signed commitment letter.

These forms we send in are only telling NYSEG that there is an interest in having them put in a main gas line.

We all have realized the considerabe increase in fuel oil prices over the last few years, and it appears it’s not ever going to be the price of yesteryear. Heating costs are around $3,000 a year. To heat that same house with natural gas would be around $1,000 a year.

Estimated costs to convert existing oil furnaces would be in the range of $1,500 to $2,500 depending on the BTUs. Expenses to convert would be recouped in possibly the first year.

If a person wants to replace the oil furnace with a high-efficiency gas unit, there is a $1,000 rebate. Savings are also seen by not having to spend $100-plus for the annual cleaning of the oil furnace.

If we don’t sign up, we will continue to be hostage to the oil companies. So please sign up, either call NYSEG 1-800-572-1111 or go on line to


Cumberland Head


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