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Natural Gas Savings Project for Library Fireplace

Presently the library has a vented natural gas fireplace that is in-efficient and slightly noisy (due to the blower). I would like to see the library replace it with a vent-free one that uses less gas but captures 100% of the heat from the gas. These are quite affordable and approved for use indoors (and it won't need a blower). There are also DTE incentives to help offset the cost ($4 per million BTU saved & 8 cents per kilowatt saved annually). The existing fireplace is nice but the vent-free one would be an enhancement. I think the present one is maybe a 35,000 or 40,000 BTU unit but a replacement would only need to be a 20,000 BTU unit. I estimate a savings of about 300 therms or 30 million BTU / year or about $200 annually in natural gas plus about $120 in one-time DTE natural gas incentives (TBD for electric savings). These fireplaces can be had for as little as $100-200. Please consider this and contact me if desired (I installed one in my house and love it - I don't sell them). Thank you.


Fri, 2013-12-06 18:13

Thank you for your suggestion. We replaced the old fireplace with the current one a couple of years ago, and are not in a position to replace it again so soon. I appreciate your endorsement of your fireplace, and will keep it in mind for the future.

Eva Davis, Director