Westport-based Gault Energy will be giving away a new high-efficiency boiler or furnace to the winner of its 2010 Oldest Boiler contest.

The contest, which is open to all Fairfield County home heating oil, propane and natural gas consumers, runs Oct. 4 through 31. To enter, homeowners, who need not be Gault Energy customers, must submit a photo of their existing boiler or furnace along with a completed entry form. Entries may be mailed to Gault Energy at P.O. Box 2030 Westport, CT 06880, or online at www.gaultenergy.com. Throughout the month, select entries will be posted to Gault Energy's Facebook page at facebook.com/gaultenergy. The winner will be announced the week of November 15.

The company expects a record number of entries.

"Our last Oldest Boiler contest data shows that nearly 70 percent of the 400 entries received had equipment that was at least 30 years old," said Sam Gault, owner of Gault Energy. "Even systems that were replaced 20 years ago are now considered obsolete by today's high-efficiency standards."

Gault said home heating technology has come a long way in the last 10 years. By replacing outdated equipment with high-efficency boilers and furnaces, homeowners can reduce their annual heating oil consumption by up to 40 percent depending on the age of the outdated equipment, Gault said. For example, a home that uses an average of 1,200 gallons annually with equipment that is more than 30 years old can reduce its annual oil consumption by up to 500 gallons with today's new equipment, he said. Gault said a new boiler or furnace pays for itself in energy savings in a few short years, while also significantly reducing carbon emissions.

"We are pleased to be doing our small part to build awareness for how we can all save energy and reduce our carbon footprint for the good of our neighborhoods, our communities and our planet," Gault said.

Brenda Sanderson of Norwalk, winner of Gault Energy's 2008 Oldest Boiler contest, said her new, $6,000 state-of-the-art Peerless Oil-fired Steam Boiler could not have come at a better time.

"The pipes on my boiler were so rusted they were beyond repair. It was a leaky mess and we never had the extra money to replace it. When I found out Gault picked me as the winner, I feel like I hit the lottery," said Sanderson, who noted that her home is now super energy efficient.

For more information, visit www.gaultenergy.com.