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I live in a small studio cottage and my landlord insists on turning the pilot light out on the gas heater in the summer.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:13 AM
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My landlord insists on turning the pilot light out on the small wall-mounted natural gas heater in the summer. He insists it saves money and suggests I use an electric space heater during that time if I am cold. I told him it doesn't save that much energy/money and an electric space heater would use far more energy/money, and is dangerous. Who is right?




 

 

My landlord insists on turning the pilot light out on the small wall-mounted natural gas heater in the summer. He insists it saves money and suggests I use an electric space heater during that time if I am cold. I told him it doesn't save that much energy/money and an electric space heater would use far more energy/money, and is dangerous. Who is right?

As annoying as this answer is: it depends.

Let's run some numbers. There's a wide range in pilot light sizes, with older furnaces being higher, but let's be conservative and say...



 

 

 
 
 
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