Summer – Save Energy, Save Money by Dousing Your Pilot Light!

Benefits Summary:

  • Save Energy
  • Save Money

When your fireplace or furnace pilot light is lit, it is literally burning money because you pay for the gas burned by the pilot light. It may be small but over time it adds up. That same small pilot light heats up the space around it causing your air conditioner to work harder than necessary to cool your home.

To turn off your pilot light, first determine if your fireplace or furnace has a pilot light. Locate the control knob and pilot light. (Knowing where the flame is will make it easier to light it again in the fall.) Turn the knob to the “off” position. You may need to push the knob in and turn simultaneously or even press a small lever out of the way for the knob to turn.

The average home will save as much as $30 over the course of the warmer months (April through October) simply by turning off the pilot light.