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Old 01-03-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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I'm building a home in middle Tenn and wanted to get some feedback on Nat gas vs. propane costs for heating, drying, cooking, etc. With the new Nat Gas fracking going on I figure prices will be very low for years to come. I have never compared the 2 in Tennessee. I know each state has much different costs for Nat Gas.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Soddy Daisy, TN
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I'm building a home in middle Tenn and wanted to get some feedback on Nat gas vs. propane costs for heating, drying, cooking, etc. With the new Nat Gas fracking going on I figure prices will be very low for years to come. I have never compared the 2 in Tennessee. I know each state has much different costs for Nat Gas.
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Important to remember, natural gas is piped to your house while propane will have to be delivered and stored in a tank. If I was using it for anything "critical", I'd use natural gas. Would hate to not have heat because the propane truck couldn't get there for some reason.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:09 AM
 
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If I were building a home in Middle Tennessee I would put in some form of wood heat.......in addition to natural gas just for a back up. We use our wood stove a lot and it's cheap heat. Even if you have to buy the wood it's still very economical. The newer wood stoves are extremely efficient........meaning long burn time with each fill up.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:26 AM
 
Location: the hills of TN!
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In a lot of rural areas, unless you have a natural gas well on your property, you are stuck with propane. You get a large tank, 200-300 hundred pound capacity, and keep track so that you order more way before you need it. There is only a short line between the tank and the house, which to me seems safer than lines running under the streets.

How about designing the house to use passive solar heat gain, which doesn't cost anything once you install it. Also, doesn't have the environmental issues that some associate with burning fuels, fracking versus potential damage to the water table, and non-renewable energies.

Not that I'm advocating anything specific, just seems to me that solar would be the cheapest in the long run. Personally, we have a propane tank that runs the cook stove and a small auxilliary heater, along with some solar gain.
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