Just checked my bill (they combine gas an electric) and yep...the
electric portion was less too...so there is that to consider as well.
Anyway even if the furnace only lasts 15 years, the cost of the furnace
is $240 a year.
My gas and electric combined bill for this month was $60 less than last
year (and the av. temp was within one degree). Since the furnace is in
heavy use four months and lighter use for three more...that's certainly
more than $240 .
So it will pay for itself within it's life time and as mentioned a moot
point as I needed one anyway.
$210.00 for one month!!!!!! Where are you located? I am in Canada and I
only pay $70.00 per month for heat, hot water and cooking, the 10 month
billing will total $700.00 for the year including everything as well as the
GST tax. Now electric costs, we pay through the nose!
I only listed the gas portion but to give a better idea, we get a
combined gas and electric bill.
That was something like $360 which was about $60 less than the same
month last year. To make an honest comparison I was fortunate that the
average temps. were within a degree. (The power company provides plenty
Anyway there are several things at play here.
1) My house is 118 years old and though I have replaced most of the
windows and done some insulating...the insulation here is not even close
to today's standards.
2) My wife keeps the heat on much higher than I would ever consider.
We semi-compromise by keeping the majority of the house around 68F.
In my own office I keep the heat 62,,,,but in her studio which has
supplementary electric base-board heating. she cranks it up to 85F
The good news is that in summer, out bills are tiny.
We live near the lake and do not need central air... at most just run
one window air conditioner a few days a year.
Our electric runs about $1400 per year. 2 or 3 computers running
24/7.AC from a few days to a few weeks per year depending on the
summer. Occaisionally heating the garage for a few hours at a time to
run my lathe in the winter, plus running it in the summer. We have
awitched over to virtually all LED with a few CFL except for the
garage and yard lights which are incandescent. Upgraded the 30 year
old microwave to an inverter model, refrigerator is 22 years old and
the freezer is 34, the AC about 8 or 10 (salvaged from the neighbours
when they replaced furnace and AC with higher efficiency units - AC
was only about 5 years old at the time). It replaced the unit
installed when the house was built 40 odd years ago. Wife uses the
electric drier all winter, hangs laundry out as much as possible in
good weather. Gas water heater, electric range.
We are on time of use billing and my good wife times her laundry and
cooking for the low/mid times and avoids peak use.
On 03/07/2015 09:38 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
mise by keeping the majority of the house around 68F.
After I thought about this I realized it was not really a question of
whether or not the furnace would pay for itself...as I needed to replace
It really should have been, was the hi-efficiency type worth the
difference in price as compared to an 80% efficiency type.
Since the furnace was only a few hundred dollars more
and if I got the 80% furnace I'd have needed a $1000 chimney insert...
It paid for itself on the spot.
Even if it's expected life is five years less than the 80% type...
it still will have been worth it.
With our ever shrinking freedoms, 80% furnace
will go the way of the 3 gal toilet, and the
rifle wtih 10 round detachable magazine. And
refrigerators with freon.
Christopher A. Young
learn more about Jesus
On Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:52:55 PM UTC-5, philo wrote:
I think you're right. King Obama tried to ban them for states in the
colder parts of the country. He got sued, as he frequently does. I
think rather than fight, this time they withdrew. That;s unusual and I
would expect that they'll try to do it again, maybe via a different means.
But, AFAIK, 80% is still legal anywhere.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.