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Old 01-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Not here very often but have found answers to a lot of questions here. I was wondering if it would be worth switching from oil heat, (force hot water) to electric heat. House was built in 1978 and is a 3 BR Ranch if that makes any difference. I pay about $230 mo for oil and electric bill is usually about 65-70 a month. Wondering if it would be worth it or not. I live in Mass.

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Old 01-15-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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Electric resistance heat is brutally expensive. I bet your bill would at least double your oil bill, and Baseboard or radiator hot water heat is as good as it gets, following radiant heating in the floor, IMO

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Any chance you could get LP gas where you are? LP is clean and efficient.
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230 isn't bad for oil. But oil is a pain. I have hot water heat but its natural gas. I think electric would be big money and it wouldn't heat like hot water. I like the propane ideal. I also have 3 bedroom ranch. Last heating bill 112.00 month before 88.00 I haven't got this month yet.
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depends what your power rate is...

But, like mentioned its likely to cost you more.

You also have to consider other things too... Like home insurance, that is typically quite a bit higher if you have an oil furnace due to the risk of fuel spills. And maintenance, it doesnt get any simpler than an electric furnace!

You have to gather up your options, get the rates and weigh and compare everything and come up with an option that suits you best
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:12 AM   #6
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230 a month for oil. That would be around 70 gallons here(3.30 a gallon). Converting that into BTUs, and then KWHs. It comes out to 2,297 KWHs to get the same amount of heat from electric resistance heat. So what is your electric rate.
A heat pump would reduce that KW usage.

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