The induction ones are interesting, but they limit your cookware choices
and can obsolete cookware you already own. I've considered getting a
single induction burner to play with. BTW, the induction burners *are*
resistive, they basically cause the pan to be a shorted transformer
secondary winding and the resistance to the current circulating in the
pan produces the heat.
Nope, not in most cases. No nat gas here anyway, so it doesn't matter.
Just my lowly little 20# LP tank feeding my dual fuel range.
Nope, I do the math. In the case of nat gas, what kills your theoretical
savings is the monthly service charges for the many warm weather months
months when you are using hardly any gas, particularly here in TX where
the heating season is short.
If you're incurring monthly service charges because there are months in which
you use hardly any gas, it's your own fault. Replace your electric dryer with
a gas dryer. Replace your electric water heater with a gas water heater.
You'll be using more gas, obviously, but a whole lot less electricity.
Nope, a gas water heater and dryer will still use very little gas here,
and the electric ones I have use very little electricity. The monthly
service charge for gas service would still eclipse the gas useage.
Electricity use is predominantly A/C and refrigerator during the warm
weather months, the water heater and clothes dryer hardly have any
Perhaps if you are one of those wacko religious nuts with 43 kids. I'm
one single person, I don't use enough hot water or do enough loads of
laundry for the water heating or dryer consumption to be of any
significance. As I said, A/C and refrigerator are the primary power
consumers. My server rack in the garage is next in line.
I have not lived in a home with all gas appliances, nor would I want to
due to their inherent safety hazard (my LP cooktop is about all I can
tolerate and I have an LP detector in the kitchen). I have however done
an extensive analysis of a years worth of utility bills from two
comparable homes, one with gas appliances and one with electric and
found that the much hyped "savings" simply didn't exist.
LP is far less safe than NG.
Natural gas is lighter than air and will escape out a high spot in a
Whereas LP will hang around like in a pool till BAM it finds a
Oil furnaces appear to need much more service than NG..
Tell that to all the people who have been killed in residential gas
explosions. Compare with all those who have not been killed in the
non-existant residential oil or electrical explosions.
When you build the spreadsheet covering a full year of data for each
house and take all costs into account, the truth doesn't match the hype.
Far too many people fail to do the analysis, and fall for the hype when
they replace a 30 year old electric or oil heating system with a new gas
one and suddenly see a huge savings. Of course you'll see a huge savings
with 30 year newer equipment, and you'd see that same huge savings with
a 30 year newer electric or oil system as well.
I recall Ed P. who posts here replaced his old oil system with a new
state of the art oil system a year or two ago and did the analysis
before and monitoring after and reported something like a 60% savings
new vs. old.
"During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires, 485
deaths, and $868 million in property losses. Home electrical wiring causes
twice as many fires as electrical appliances."
Myth Busters had an episode where they blew up a house with
more than the recommended number of bug bombs. It seems that
some people think more is better and the fumes from the foggers
will ignite when coming in contact with stove and water heater
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