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Thanks to iwilltry’s instructable on turning the pilot flame of your gasoline furnace, it is a good tip!

From his instructable:
Most gasoline furnaces in operation right now nonetheless have a steady pilot flame. Turning off the pilot flame in the summertime is simple to do and effectively definitely worth the effort, however only a few folks do it, principally as a result of they do not know how and are not conscious that they need to.

Materials required: None
Time required: about 2 minutes per yr
Savings: $30-$60 per yr (relying in your furnace, your location, and gasoline costs)
GHG discount: about zero.15 to zero.30 tons per yr

I reside in a reasonable local weather (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and solely require synthetic warmth about 7 months of the yr (from mid October to mid May). For the opposite 5 months of the yr I flip my furnace off utterly, together with the pilot flame. There are sometimes some chilly days throughout that interval however we normally simply put on additional clothes and go away the furnace off. Throughout a lot of the US the heating season is shorter and potential financial savings are even larger.

To flip off your furnace utterly, search for a valve within the gasoline line to the furnace. Simply flip the valve deal with so it’s angled 90 levels to the pipe. If you want, you’ll be able to test your furnace to make sure the pilot flame goes out.

To flip your furnace again on, flip the valve deal with parallel to the pipe and re-ignite your pilot flame following the furnace producer’s directions (if you do not have the handbook on your furnace you’ll be able to most likely look it up on-line, or simply wing it… they’re principally the identical). As a reader has famous, there isn’t a hazard if somebody turns the gasoline valve again on however forgets relight the pilot flame. There is a thermocouple that stops gasoline move except a flame is current. You sometimes have to carry a button all the way down to get the gasoline to move when re-lighting the pilot flame, and preserve holding it down till the thermocouple warms up.

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