H2. Convert to Electronic Ignition
the pilot light of a gas-fired boiler or furnace burns constantly,
energy is wasted. This type of pilot light can be replaced with
an automatic electric ignition that ignites the pilot only when
the thermostat calls for the furnace to be fired. Many companies
make pilot ignition retrofit systems that can be easily installed
by skilled technicians.
and multifamily buildings
Natural gas-fired furnaces and boilers with standing pilot lights
Electronic spark ignition
Hot surface ignitor
New equipment should be properly tested and certified for safety.
A replacement ignition system should provide for complete summer
Perform a life-cycle cost analysis prior to replacing major system
Other HVAC system energy conservation measures should be evaluated
as alternatives or complements to this measure.
Standing pilot lights unnecessarily burn approximately 6 therms
of gas per month, and cost approximately $36 annually to operate.
Replacement ignition systems provide for complete summer shutdown.
Energy Conservation for Housing
A Workbook, HUD, September 1998. Pages 7-45 through7-47
address converting standing pilot lights to electronic ignition.