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Six tips to demystify natural gas fireplace shopping

by Nicole Bogdanovic
July 22, 2016

Energy efficiency

Ice cream, swimming pools and fireplaces?!? Why think about fireplaces in the middle of summer? Turns out, most fireplaces are installed during the summer’s busy home construction and renovation season.

That makes summer a great time to research how the right natural gas fireplace can turn your hearth into an inviting hub of energy-efficiency.

For example, did you know:

  • A fireplace with a standing pilot will consume natural gas even when the fireplace is off — up to 10 gigajoules of natural gas a year?
  • An old fireplace with a chain curtain could be letting your home's heated air escape up the chimney?
  • By choosing an energy-efficient fireplace, you can heat just the area you’re in and turn down the heat in the rest of your home to reduce energy costs?

Dan Bradley, our energy utilization manager, is a true "agent of ambience". He’s put together these additional six tips so you know what to look for when choosing a natural gas fireplace.

And when it’s time to purchase a natural gas fireplace, consider an EnerChoice® model that's designed to use energy efficiently while keeping your home warm and cosy all winter long, plus you could qualify for a $300 rebate from FortisBC.