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Natural Gas Conversion Brings Reliable Energy to University of New Hampshire Alpha Phi Sorority House

Unitil and the Alpha Phi Sorority House recently partnered to complete a natural gas conversion that will reduce maintenance costs and bring students cleaner, more reliable energy.

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Viessman high efficiency gas-fired boilers
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This house doesn’t run by itself. There are a lot of people doing a lot of things here every day. The Unitil team solved every challenge presented to them, and we are thrilled with the cleaner, more reliable energy and cost savings we gain as a result of this conversion.

Janice Fremolaro
House Director and Property Manager of UNH’s Alpha Phi chapter

Main Project Details

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Alpha Phi sorority house, which is just under 10,000 square feet and houses 52 students, was looking to be more energy efficient and dramatically reduce maintenance costs associated with their original oil heating and propane kitchen. Unitil switched the sorority house over to natural gas with the installment of two Viessmann high efficiency gas-fired boilers. The natural gas conversion will save the Alpha Phi house an estimated $5,650 per year.

The building that is now the Alpha Phi sorority house was built on UNH’s campus in 1885 and throughout the decades has switched between both oil and natural gas heating. When it began its collaboration with Unitil this year, the house had two outdated oil burners, three water heaters and one propane tank, all of which required frequent and time-consuming maintenance.

Thanks to the conversion, the sorority house will experience significant benefits in terms of reliability and longevity, ensuring the residents can be comfortable and confident in their heating system. The clean nature of the use of natural gas is also appreciated by the house’s residents since the majority of dry products for the dining room are stored in the basement.