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Old 01-14-2012, 01:35 AM
 
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Just wondering if there are any home builders in the DFW area that build homes that does not utilize gas as heating. I can not accept that I would need to pay both an electic and gas bill.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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It's based on community not builder, there are few neighborhoods where the developers didn't bring in gas. Althought most people prefer to have gas heat and cook with gas because it's a little cheaper or more convenient. I really don't think it would be that much of an inconvenience to have to pay 2 different bills. As long as you get the right home with the amenities that you want.

Naima
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:54 AM
 
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Just wondering if there are any home builders in the DFW area that build homes that does not utilize gas as heating. I can not accept that I would need to pay both an electic and gas bill.
You'll pay A LOT more if you just have electricity, plus we find gas cooking to be much better.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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there are certain areas where gas pipelines were not that close and developers/builders did not lay pipe to bring NG into the communities to use for gasat all...but they are fairly rare...
there are other developments where there is gas for HVAC heating and water heaters (vs electric) but the cooking is done via electricity...

what you will find if you investigate more closely is that NG use for water heaters and HVAC heating is the most economical--
whether you pay one bill or two does not matter--you should be trying to find the BEST/most economical form to use for the functions in your home...

Indeed -- we have gas heating/water heaters/stovetop gas--and pay a higher Arkla bill in winter because the burden shifts from cooling (electric) to heating (gas)--but our electric bill drops because our AC is not running 24/7...

most people and scientists would agree that electric heating is much less efficient way to move hot air than gas heating...and in our area it is usually the more expensive choice for the same KWH...
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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Another benefit is that a gas water heater will, on average, recover in about 1 hr while electric ones may take up to 6 hrs. That means if you use all the hot water up, you can have more hot water in about 1 hr if you have a gas one.

Also, you can have a gas line run to the patio so your BBQ gets hooked up to it. Much easier to push a button than start a wood fire. Then you put wood chips in a smoker over the jets and still have the wood smoke/taste.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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And, with the new EPA rules potentially shutting down some of our state's coal fired power plants next summer could be horrible with rolling blackouts. At least you'd have gas to cook with.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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If you ever choose to go with a tankless water heater, you will DEFINITELY want the gas verson. The electric ones are not nearly as good as the gas ones. We switched to a gas tankless 2 years ago, and our gas bill has gone down by 1/3.

As others have said, gas heating is far less expensive than electric, and a gas stove/cooktop is much more sought-after than electric ones.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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rolling blackout... with gas you can cook and bathe

we also have a gas tank-less water heater and it makes a huge dent in our bills
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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I don't understand why you WOULDN'T want gas, you're mad...seriously...for all of the reasons listed above.

For me a house not having gas is a deal-breaker.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:58 PM
 
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I don't understand why you WOULDN'T want gas, you're mad...seriously...for all of the reasons listed above.

For me a house not having gas is a deal-breaker.
Maybe he/she works for Reliant? Or is too lazy to pay 2 bills on line?

We moved from an all electric house to a gas/electric house and are loving it. Like I said, cooking with gas is a breeze and we're saving money on our bills. It sounds like gas is going to go down even more with all the new discoveries.
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