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10-21-2008, 11:18 PM   #1
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## cost of gas vs electric

I need to have new gas lines run to the range and airconditioner/heater. I could just have the gas closed off and go electric for the range. I need a new a/c unit anyway and could go electric.

My question is ... which is less expensive to operate - gas or electric?

10-22-2008, 12:29 PM   #2
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Please don't take this wrong, but just go over to your neighbors house and ask. What they pay in your neck of the woods for gas and electric prices can be vastly different than in my area. I hope this helps

 10-22-2008, 01:34 PM #3 Member   Join Date: Feb 2008 Location: Vermont Posts: 420 Rewards Points: 270 Can you get out your bill, and calculate the price per therm, and price per KW/H. These could change throughout the year. What is wrong with the existing lines? How much is cost to install new gas lines and new electric? So much involved... but I know that generally they charge big bucks to run gas lines. It is not going to be cheap to run new 240v lines either.
 10-22-2008, 02:13 PM #4 I have gas!     Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Massachusetts Posts: 1,929 Rewards Points: 1,284 You need to do the math with your regional energy costs. 1 Therm = 100000 BTUs 1 KW = 3400 BTUs ______________________ 1 Therm = 29.41176 KW For me: 1 Therm = \$2.76 1 KW = \$0.168 So to equate these... \$0.168 * 29.41176 = \$4.94 per electrical therm. In short, NG is much cheaper for me. __________________ I tear things down and build them up. Last edited by Clutchcargo; 10-22-2008 at 02:18 PM.
 10-22-2008, 03:49 PM #5 Newbie   Join Date: Oct 2008 Posts: 11 Rewards Points: 10 Crazy, I am charged \$1.16 per therm of natural gas ... count your many blessings ... Edit: I am also charged \$0.057783 per kWh for electricity. Therefore, a therm of electricity costs about \$1.70 using your equation. Last edited by TheOak; 10-22-2008 at 04:11 PM.
10-22-2008, 04:02 PM   #6
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by Clutchcargo For me: 1 Therm = \$2.76 1 KW = \$0.168 So to equate these... \$0.168 * 29.41176 = \$4.94 per electrical therm.
Ouch!

For me:
1 Therm = \$1.33 (approximate, I don't actually have gas at my house)
1 KW = \$0.08 (winter rate)
So to equate these... \$0.08 * 29.41176 = \$2.35 per electrical therm.

Yep, all over the map.

10-22-2008, 04:23 PM   #7
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by gp_wa Ouch! For me: 1 Therm = \$1.33 (approximate, I don't actually have gas at my house) 1 KW = \$0.08 (winter rate) So to equate these... \$0.08 * 29.41176 = \$2.35 per electrical therm. Yep, all over the map.
Baltimore October rates:
1 Therm= \$1.19
1Kw/hr=\$0.143
There are other factors that go into this also. Appliance efficiency must be factored. Electric heat is 100% efficient. Here is a good calculator for various fuel prices:
http://www.pelletheat.org/3/residential/compareFuel.cfm

Last edited by jerryh3; 10-22-2008 at 04:33 PM.

 10-22-2008, 05:41 PM #8 I have gas!     Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Massachusetts Posts: 1,929 Rewards Points: 1,284 I just checked and my rate now is actually \$1.92/therm fully loaded now. It was as high as \$3.02 for July but that's for minimal usage. Even @ \$1.92 it's really high compared to other parts of the country. __________________ I tear things down and build them up.
10-23-2008, 09:42 AM   #9
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I know guys at work that "had" all electrical heat and were paying \$500-\$700 a month with some of last years rates here in Illinois. Needless to say, a couple of them changed their whole systems over to natural gas.

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