It’s the middle of summer, but you can still see a small flame burning in your fireplace. What gives? That little flame you see in your gas fireplace after you have turned it off is called a pilot light. A Standing Pilot Light runs constantly, whether your fireplace is on or off.
“It’s the middle of summer, why do I feel heat from the front of my fireplace?” You think to yourself. “Oh well…it’s only a little flame, it’s no biggy.” Well, that “no biggy” is costing you between $12 and $15 a month. Over the course of a year that’s up to $180, nearly two Benjamins!
Most of today’s gas direct vent fireplaces have an innovation called intermittent pilot ignition. What that means is that you don’t have a pilot light burning in your fireplace year around. When your fireplace is off, it’s all off. No gas being consumed at all. This saves energy and saves you money. When you turn your fireplace on, a spark ignites a temporary pilot flame, which in turn lights up your fire.
The intermittent pilot system, along with direct vent sealed combustion is one of the reasons that gas fireplaces are much more efficient now than they were only a few years ago. In fact, in some areas utility partners even offer rebates for replacing older fireplaces with newer more efficient ones; up to $250 in fact. That, plus your savings over burning a pilot light year around can add up to a $430 savings in the first year. If that isn’t enough incentive for you, some manufacturers offer instant online coupons as well.
That little flame can be a big drain on your pocket book! Check out how you can save money and conserve energy today by stopping by one of Fireside Home Solutions' four showrooms.