“My wife and I live in the former Glidden tavern built in Chester 1749. Along with our restoration work we have been insulating and buttoning up but still need to replace our 28 year old boiler. We would like to demonstrate that you don’t have to live in a modern house to be energy efficient.”
”Our furnace is original to the house, built in 1936. It began it’s life as a coal fired furnace and has since been converted to oil. As you can see it has seen better days. We use approximately 1600 gallons of fuel each year; obviously not very efficiant. The furnace runs forever and then turns off and we get cold again, it is never the same either cold or not, never just comfortable. We are new parents of a one year old and it is a constant worry that the furnace is not going to fire the next time we need it. We are not able to buy a new system because we are just starting out in life, new house (to us), new baby and all new bills to worry about. Please help us so that we can remove one worry from our list. Thank you.”
“Well, I don’t know if I SHOULD win but I know why I’d like to. My house is a 1,500 sq/ft. rancher which I bought a year-and-a-half ago. So far I have had to replace the roof ($10,000) and well pump ($950) among other things. Because the furnace/boiler is old, it is incredibly inefficient. The front is cast iron and the heat pours off it into the basement. It costs as much to heat this house as it does my sister to heat her 2-and-a-half story house, half-a-mile away. The furnace consumes an average of about 100 gallons of oil per month—somehow even in the summer!
My 84-year-old father, who has dementia, lives with me and he gets cold easily, so this winter I supplemented with electric heaters. I keep his bedroom and the living room around 72-74 degrees during the day but in the rest of the house (every room is a zone) the thermostats are set at 60 or lower. An efficient furnace would be safer and certainly decrease heating costs. I know I need a new one, but I can’t afford it.”
“In the middle of the night, we wake to a clatter
We stumble down stairs to see what was the matter.
We don’t find a Jolly man in a red suit or reindeer,
No, it can’t be….it’s our worst nightmare!
We are not out of fuel and the thermometer reads below zero,
The repairman does not wear a cape, but he is our hero!
We wait ‘til morning to make the dreaded call,
Our hero needs his beauty sleep after all!
He scratches his head and ponders the sight,
We gather round to watch the “fight”.
He has gadgets and gizmos and starts to get at it,
He doesn’t even ask us about the ever present mallet!
Our hero works through lunch and dollar signs dance in our heads,
Alas, he emerges and tells us he’s “brought her back from the dead!”
We bid our hero a fond farewell, with check in hand,
We watch him drive off in his trusty van.
As we sit, huddled in our chilly living room straining to hear ‘her’ purr,
We keep the thermostat low so as not to stress ‘her’!
We can envision the headlines now….
Couple held captive by angry Furnace!! Help!”
“Our Weil-McLain dinosaur is original to our 1917 home. It even still sports it’s original coal box inside. At some point it was converted to oil with a Riello burner add on. The long defunct Honeywell expansion tank hangs silently at it’s side. We know this state of the art machine will not last long and would probably do better in the Smithsonian where it can be enjoyed by all. A new furnace would go a long way to help save the environment and heat all those corners of our home that this old friend just can’t get to anymore. We have done alot to make our home more efficient but just haven’t been able to swing this one. Your help would be so much appreciated.”