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Old 09-13-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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I have a 1800sqft. house that was built in the 1970's in upstat n.y.The house now has electric baseboard in all rooms.We are looking into putting new electric heaters in the hopes wee can save some $ on electric bill.
Does anyon have any ideas on new heaters that will be more efficent?

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Old 09-13-2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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Replacing old electric BB heaters with new BB heaters will not save anything on your electric bill.

Keeping them turned down, or switched off will.

If you want to save some serious energy usage, check your insulation, caulk the windows, doors, cracks, etc; replace old with newer lo-loss windows, etc.

I'd consider installing a new high efficiency heat pump system, or even a geo-thermal unit. A house your size might might need a 3 or 3 ton unit.

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I second that. Electric heat is electric heat! No savings from newer or different models.

I would suggest adding more insulation, Energy Star double pane windows, and new Energy Star appliances can save on the electric bill. Also compact flourescent light bulbs help.

Heavy drapes on windows can help as well as sealing all air leaks. Check the bottoms of doors. You can close off unused rooms and this will save a bit, but if a bathroom, don't let it get too cold or the pipes may freeze.

For more energy saving tips, go to energystar.gov
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I agree about insulation and windows. Get pricing on a heat pump, that will save you lots of $ and it will add central air to your home as well.
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I must agree with everyone. New electric resistive BB heaters have minimal, if any, increase in efficiency. How do you improve the efficiency of something that is already 100% efficient.

You need to consider a different heat source: natural gas/propane, wood, pellet, coal, heat pump, etc. All have their pros and cons. Right now natural gas is the lowest btu cost in your area. Note that I am not proposing oil.
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