Corner Brook Councillor Details Cost to Switch from Oil to Electric

A Corner Brook city councillor is casting doubt on the affordability of converting from oil to electric heat, even with the rebates offered to lower and middle-income households.

Charles Pender has an oil furnace and explored the cost of having it replaced with an electric boiler.

He says the costs associated with the replacement and the work required on his 60-year-old home came to more than $20,000—a cost that is required up front.

The cost for installation of his electric boiler alone was $10,000 not to mention upgrading his electrical service, removal of the old oil boiler and capping off the chimney. In the end, he would need up to $23,000 dollars up front before the work even began.

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