An air-source (electric) heat pump MIGHT be worth considering in your case.
I predict you'll soon see the price of NG decline significantly due to the
unusually mild winter. I believe the price is already falling in many areas.
I just swapped-out my natural draft furnace for a "92.8%" efficient,
condensing gas furnace. Check back in a year or so but, after "living" with
the new furnace for only three weeks, I suspect my gas bill will go DOWN
noticeably despite rate increases.
I recommend that you stay with natural gas for your space heating.
In my opiniion, yes. My reasoning is that gas is going to continue to
be a scares product in the future. Electricity will naturally increase
in cost also but not to the level of hydocabon fuels. Most electricity
is producedby either atomic,water or coal and all of those are very
much available. Therefore electriic should remain at a fair cost level.
I live in Tennesse in a mobile home, all electric, Highest bill this
winter $125.00. What was yours?
The cost of the change over, especially for a stove, may be far more than
the potential savings. Gas went up, but electric has to in most areas. We
have 20% increase. Your stove probably uses $100 of gas in a year and a
replacement will be $500 to $100 including wiring. You may save $20 a year.
Rather poor payback.
I was wondering if I would replace my gas furnace with a heat pump, but
they just announced a 72% rate increase here for electricity starting
in July (despite the fact that we get over 90% of our electricity from
nuclear and coal around here). Makes me wonder if a heat pump would
really work for me next winter...
The numbers can be run to give you a good idea of what the usage would
be for a "standard" year and if you choose an expected cost over the next
ten years or so, you should be able to do the math and figure out the best
bet. The real problem is unless you have some very cheap gas or electric
and little chance of it changing, you will always have some chance of
72% increase - That's not nice.
If your electric and gas rates are anything like mine, it would get
even worse with electric heating.
Where I live (in New Jersey), electricity costs 3.6 times as much as
gas, per BTU consumed.
p.s. to compare rates, you'll need to know the conversion factors.
Our electric bill shows energy use in kW-hours.
Our gas bill shows energy usage in terms of "therms".
Multiply your electric rate (given in dollars per kW-hour) times 29.3,
this will give your electric rate in dollars per therm, which you can
compare directly to the gas rate.
IMVSO the broilers on electric stoves don't get as hot as the ones on
gas stoves, and broiled meat, especially the fat on broiled meat, is
never as crisp and bubbly as I would like it, unless I keep the meat
in there so long that the meat is too well done.
This might have an effect on the skin on chicken too, I'm not sure.
It takes the top burners and probably the baking oven also longer to
heat up, but I really don't care about that. I just keep in mind that
the food won't be ready for an extra 30 or 60 seconds for the top
burners, or 2 or 3 minutes or whatever for the oven. The end result
is the same.
If the effect on broiling matters to you, I'd suggest cooking at
someone else's home for a while and see if your experience is like
You need to start by checking out local cost of gas and electric.
98.48% if the time you will find that even at the highest price of gas
last winter (around here it came down in January and further down in
February) gas is still cheaper for heat than electric. The fact is
electric is generated by gas in may parts of the country. Electric prices
have also been going up.
Now if you add in the cost of new equipment, it is almost certain you
will end up paying more not less.
Take a deep breath and say to yourself, I know prices are going up and
that I will pay more for heating. I will promise myself that I will do all
that I can to conserve all forms of energy. OK breath and move on. :-)
You MUST remember lots of electric is generated by burning gas, or
nuclear. both of these are high cost and rising. just last sunday I saw
a article that nationwide electric rates will soar this summer.
If you go ahead and convert check just the costs for rewiring:(
Probably a new service entrance, new wiring for stove and furnace, what
were your plans for your hot water heater?
Figure on DOUBLING the size of the tank because electric is so poor at
heating water and costly too. If you live in a hard water area expect
to replace the electric heating elements every few years as they
corrode. a real pain in butt...
Consertively all this will probably cost you $10,000
You would be far better off investing that in a more efficent gas
furnace, insulation, condensing hot water tank and things like
caulking. get your home pressure tested looking for leaks. most of
these last a lifetime and will pay off no matter what heat you use.
heck you could get one of those outdoor furnaces that burn wood they
move the heat indoors in a super insulated pipe.
the trouble is the cost of firewood.
I have a friend, his family used to work all summer cutting hauling and
moving firewood bragged about the big savings:)
Till I asked how many hours of work this was in comparison the cost of
Their efforts were saving them about $2.50 per hour:(
They would of been better off working a minimum wage job!
today they still burn some wood for the cozy feeling but quit trying to
heat their home.
the economies of scale by big plants and infrastructure overwhelm
individuals ability to do things...:(
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