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Old 08-04-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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Default Natural Gas vs. Electricity: Which is Cheaper?

Everywhere I have lived, natural gas was cheaper to use for furnace, hot water heater, and gas clothes dryer. However, I have not lived near a nuclear power plant. Is electricity cheaper to use in the Charlotte region? Something in another thread made me wonder about this! thanks for any info.
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:07 PM
 
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If you are in a new energy-efficient home, electricity *may* be cheaper.

Otherwise, it really gets too cold here for a heat pump to work most efficiently.

From being around Charlotte for a long time, the common wisdom seems to suggest going w/natural gas is the way to go if you're replacing a system at an old house.
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Old 08-06-2008, 08:30 AM
 
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Heat pumps work fine in this region although some prefer to feel 100+ degree air that comes from a furnace as opposed to 90 degree air from a heat pumps. Heat pumps don't work well if it stays below 30 for a while--something that is occasional in this region. To help in times like that, they have a auxiliary heating system using electrical strip heat.

To answer your question, currently, Natural Gas is cheaper than a tradition heat pump. A geothermal heat pump should have comparable costs to a natural gas furnace. Natural Gas prices will continue to rise faster than electrical rates so these comparisons will favor heat pumps in the future.

Whom am I to say? I currently work as an energy efficiency engineer.
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