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Old 09-09-2011, 07:15 AM   #1
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Is it worth replacing electric baseboard?


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I have electric baseboards throughout my large house in New England. We have 13' ceilings and as you may suspect very high electric bills. Converting over to a different type of heating system would lower the energy bill BUT this is not an option. (Long story). The baseboards were top of the line in the late 1960's when installed. Would replacing them with newer electric baseboards lower my energy bill, if so by what %? Ceiling fans would help but by what % of my bill. I understand there are many factors in deciding the %. I'm just looking for ball park estimates. Thanks.

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Old 09-09-2011, 07:26 AM   #2
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You would be better off looking into insulation, heavy curtains, and weather stripping to reduce your bill.

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Watts is watts when you talk electric heat. Don't buy into those magic heaters you'll soon be seeing in the sunday papers.
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If you have central A/C, you can convert it to a heat pump, and reduce your heating bill by up to 50%.

You just need to find a contractor that really knows heat pumps. Or DIY.
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If you have central A/C, you can convert it to a heat pump, and reduce your heating bill by up to 50%.

You just need to find a contractor that really knows heat pumps. Or DIY.
They said they have electric baseboard heat, and converting over to another system is not an option.

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Biggest problem with electric baseboard is when they get plugged up ,so make sure all the crap and such is out of the fins .The thermostats seem to get less sensitive as they age also so also check those occasionally.
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You have no ductwork so you are fixed in what you can do.
Replacing a 1500 watt heater with another 1500 watt heater gets you nowhere.
Since you have high ceilings ,ceiling fans will help you but I don't know the precent.If you go that way make sure you get "energy star " rated fans as they cost up to 66% less to operate than normal fans.
There are set back thermostats for line voltage elec baseboard,you might want to look at those for differant areas of the house that need more or loess heat at differant times.If you go that route get a good stat like a honeywell or white rogers stat.
As another has stated Insulate,Cauck ,and Insulate somemore.
Insulation,good windows and doors are the only products that start paying you back as soon as you install them.
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They said they have electric baseboard heat, and converting over to another system is not an option.
On another forum, he also said has central air.
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I agree with what was already posted , insulation, tighten all windows/ doors, caulk every crack you can, and think of anyplace where drafts or cold air will infiltrate your home and stop it there. Lower thermostats in rooms that are not being used.

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Old 09-11-2011, 08:35 AM   #10
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I just had an energy audit done..where they install a large fan on the front door and test for leaks. It is unbelievable how much cold air pours through electrical outlets, even the ones on interior walls. So don't forget baby safety plugs when the outlets are not in use. Also, last year I had blown in insulation installed on top of the exisitng batts. As others have been saying, the difference was immediate and incredible.

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