Electric Baseboard heater for basement? Insulation between studs and walls?

Finishing off part of a basement. It's 13x17, which yields an estimate of 5270 BTU's to raise the temp 15 degrees. I have gas/hot water in the rest of the house, but it seems overly expensive to put the plumbing in for that, so I was thinking of electric baseboard. I know recurring costs are higher, but since it will only be used on weekends, and need only be heated during the winter, I'm thinking that may be the way to go. Any thoughts? Recommendations on good manufacturers or how to select a unit? I haven't seen any mention of centralized thermostats in my initial product research. Most units talk about built in variable temp controls, which I don't like since I'd like to be able to program the temp to go down automatically at night, assuming the kids will always forget to turn the temp down as they leave. What do I need to look for on that front?
Also, I see differing opinions on the desirability/need for foam insulation between the walls and studs. Some books simply recomend moisture proofing the walls with appropriate paint, others say you need to put foam insulation between the walls and studs to prevent moisture from condensing/rotting/mildewing the wood. Does anybody have any insight into the differences in opinions?
Advise appreciated!
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That ia bout 1500 watts. You can figure the operating cost easy enough. It will be more expensive that using the existing, but you already know the facts there.

Forget the paint, mildew, etc. Think about the cost. It is just plain irresponsible not to insulate the basement walls. You will save energy for many years to come. Oil was $58 a barrel today. That should answer the question.
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How much more work is it to plumb the basement and put in a circulator pump? I had the same situation as you years ago, but I decided to spend the extra $$ up front and put in hot water baseboard. I'm glad I did. The heat worked very good. A 13 x 17 room does not sound all that big, but if it involves a lot of work to plumb, then I would go for electric heat.
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