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Old 01-24-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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Default Which is cheaper to use? Gas or Electric?

My electric bill is a ridiculous $320+ per month right now. I'm considering using my gas fireplace to heat some of my house, but I'm not sure if that is more or less expensive.

Any ideas?
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Do you have natural gas or liquid propane? Even with the TVA surcharge, our electric rates are still the lowest in the country and if you have a heat pump, you're already using the cheapest form of home heating there is besides a wood or pellet stove.

We had a propane furnace and use 1000 gallons of propane a year just on heating and the water heater. We pre-bought this summer at $3 a gallon and I cried when I wrote that check. our furnace died in November and we installed a heat pump HVAC with propane aux. heat. My electric rates are high, but not nearly as bad as using an average of $350 a month in propane + electricity.
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Mary brings up an interesting question. Do you have a heat pump, cahler, or do you have radiant or baseboard heating?
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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our gas rates went down...it went from 94...something to 74...something....we have gas heat and thats our source of heat....which want should you go with...I cant tell, because the rates will change, and one will always be higher than the other..right now we are just paying for the TVA spill...
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: The land of erternal summer to Murfreesboro, TN
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I heat with natural gas. My bill this month was $97. My electric was $99. My house is just over 2000 sq. ft. I think that is more than reasonable and I was quite surprised it was that good. I don't use my gas fireplace much. A couple of hours here and there.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I heat with natural gas. My bill this month was $97. My electric was $99. My house is just over 2000 sq. ft. I think that is more than reasonable and I was quite surprised it was that good. I don't use my gas fireplace much. A couple of hours here and there.
kim,
About how much is it to heat an apt in the Boro, under 1.000 sq ft? My son was wondering.

Diane G
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Our place is basically a 1200sq/ft loft above a 4 bay garage. It is very energy efficient with 2x6 walls. The loft has skylights facing south. We open the skylight shades during the day and that heats the house. It has to get down below about 35 for the heat to come on during the day. The house is heated and cooled with a single motel style wall unit and the electric runs about $120/month. That includes heating the downstairs garage sometimes. If I didn't use the heat downstairs it might be $100/month.
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Old 01-25-2009, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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My apartment in Murfreesboro usually averages $100-$150 electric bill in the winter, and something like $65-$90 in the summer. I keep the heat at around 67 and the A/C around 80. It is an old HVAC unit, though, and a fairly old building, so you may get cheaper bills with a newer place. It's all electric, by the way, and I rarely have more than three lights on at once in the whole place.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: The land of erternal summer to Murfreesboro, TN
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kim,
About how much is it to heat an apt in the Boro, under 1.000 sq ft? My son was wondering.

Diane G
My apt was over 1000 sq ft. I was on the second floor and my electric bill (electric heat) was never more than $80. We lowered before we left for work to 60. When we got home. we kept it at 65. Being on the second floor, I had an apt above me and below me. That makes a difference. My apt stayed warmer.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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I have an electric heat pump, and the only thing running natural gas is my fireplace. In November, my electric bill was only $67, but it jumped up in a huge way when the cold hit. It also takes a long time for the electric heat to warm up my 1700 sq ft house, and the gas fireplace will get the place warm in an hour or two.

Thanks for the information, but so far it sounds like a mixed response of gas or electric . . .
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