A Corner Brook city councilor is questioning the affordability of converting from oil to electric heating, even with the rebates offered to low- and middle-income households.
Charles Pender has an oil boiler and looked into the cost of replacing it with an electric boiler.
He says the cost associated with the replacement and required work on his 60-year-old home totaled more than $20,000 — a cost that is required upfront.
The cost of installing his electric boiler alone was $10,000, not to mention upgrading his electrical service, removing the old oil furnace and capping the chimney. In the end, he had to spend up to $23,000 upfront before work even began.
FYI: replacing my oil furnace with an electric boiler estimated: $10,000, then there was the cost to remove the old equipment and chimney and $3,000 to install a 200 amp service and maybe another $7000 to rewire the entire house built in the 1950’s… so $20,000 ++ up front @VOCMOpenline
— Charles Pender ???? (@charlespendercb) 23 November 2022