Which is cheaper, Gas or Electric?
I've got about 5 space heaters of various types in my house, but I
rarely turn them on because it seems like the Gas furnace is keeping up
My furnace is about 3 years old, and is marked with an energy guide
sticker that says it's not all that efficient, though I'm not sure if
that's because the air conditioning uses a bunch.
It depends where you live. If you live in the northeast, typically gas
is always cheaper.
Why do you have 5 space heaters? It sounds like your furnace is not
blowing enough heat to each area.
If its 3 years old, chances are it is efficient. The guide is just
that, a guide.
It sounds like you might have to adjust the registers to get the rooms
warm, or maybe your windows are old or maybe you don't have enough
insulation. More info needed.
In my area gas heat is lower in cost. For most folks once you have
gas heat, nothing else is better! A gas furnace costs more up front,
but saves in the long run. I might choose electric if I planned on
selling the house soon.
Central Kentucky KU Energy Actual bill 10/26/06
base rate (not full electric) 0.053629343629344 per KWH
Actual rate with all the crap and taxes added on 0.068429858429858 per KWH
Total electric is a little cheaper.
dont forget thesignificant cost to upgrade the service, plus to make
such a change cost effective electrical must be significantly less.
otherwise the capital costs will prevent payback/.
lets imagine a existing 3 year old 80% GAS FURNACE
now imagine electic per btu is less....
after paying or a new service, and new furnace the difference must be a
What's the energy source for their generators? Hydroelectric?
Are you part of the Tennesse Valley Authority's hydroelectric
Any fossil fuel generation can't supply electricity at those rates...
The parts of the USA that depend on fossil fuel generating plants have
to charge about 3 times your quoted rates. That's about 80% of the
I am just a country boy so I'm not real sure. They haul a lot of coal over
there to that there plant.
Coal is a fossil fuel of sorts isn't it?
Maybe it is an abundant supply and a short haul that makes it so cheap.
I think you can view the rates online at kuenergy.com
I know it hurts to see prices that cheap. Bourbon costs a lot more.
I'm sure that varies by region, and by the availability of the fuel at the
However, I prefer electric for a number of reasons, even if it isn't
necessarily the cheapest option.
1. Electricity can be generated in many different ways (hydroelectric, gas
fired plants, wind generators, coal generators, nuclear, fuel cells, etc.).
If one source runs low, there are other ways of generating electricity. So
it's fairly "future" proof. If you choose gas, you're basically stuck with
gas, even if supplies dwindle and get more expensive in the future.
2. Electric heat is 100% efficient. In other words, the heater I buy today
won't be "old technology" in a few years and need replacing. Of course, the
methods used to generate the electricity aren't 100% efficient, but those
improvements are made by the power company, not by me.
3. Electric heat is safe (barring flammables too close to the heater). No
worries of gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning, or explosions.
4. Electric heat is easy to zone. We installed individual electric wall
heaters (King Electric Pic-A-Watt heaters) in each room. This lets us heat
only the rooms we are in, and set the temperature lower in the bedrooms
than other rooms. This also means no ductwork to make noise, collect dust,
spread allergens, etc... Another benefit of individual zoned heaters is if
one fails, you still have heaters in other rooms to keep warm while you fix
5. Electric heat doesn't pollute. Yes, some of the generating sources cause
pollution, but those are better monitored and regulated than home furnaces.
Just my 2 cents...
"HerHusband" wrote in message
Personally, I don't see this being a big factor for the n ext 30 to 50 years
or more. We shold have more methods though.
I'd have to pay a premeium of about $2,000 a year not to keep my old
technology. Since I've owned my house, translated to today's dollars, that
would be a $50,000 premium so far. No thanks, I'll take my chances with
having to replace my heater.