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Old 12-17-2017, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
This came out garbled. NVE TOU affects electric rates, not gas rates.

I know you mean 'heating', not 'cooling', but this is not necessarily true.

I believe the actual number is $6.40 per million BTU
I should of started off that I was using space heaters. I know it doesn't affect gas rates. It takes 293kwh to generate a million BTU with a space heater so with TOU the cost is a lot lower.

Yes, I meant heating. Why do you say it is not necessarily true? For me, I figure it's cheaper to heat the one bedroom that is occupied in my second floor than to heat the entire floor. It's probably 150 sq ft. for one bedroom compared to 1500 sq ft. for the whole floor or 1/10 the size. I know its not going to be exactly 1/10 the cost since some heat would be loss to the rest of the house even with doors closed.

I was using this site to calculate cost but it wasn't the best Comparing Cost: Gas Furnace Vs. Electric Heater | Home Guides | SF Gate

According to this site Cost of Heating - Worksheet at our cost of about $.68 per therm its $8.50 per million BTU.

So my savings won't be as much as I expected but I think there is still a savings. But with my HEV TOU rates the cost is down to $13.5 per million BTU. Heating 1/10 the space its only $1.35. That's under a perfect scenario which I'm not getting but even if it's just 50% reduction in net heating requirements I'm still saving money. I think if I keep the heating to under 50% of the house I am saving something. Also with space heaters I get a little more customization. Some people in the house like it a warmer for their room while I prefer it to be cooler.
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Old 12-18-2017, 07:48 AM
Location: Southern Highlands
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10 therms = 1 million BTU, so $.68 per therm is $6.80 per million BTU. The actual cost on my SW Gas bill is $6.40 per 10 therms. My NVE TOU winter rate on Schedule B is $.05225 per kwh.

The space heater might save you money, but not everyone can close off 90% of a floor. Are you able to isolate one room by closing vents in the other rooms?
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