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Old 01-14-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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Sorry forgot to mention, that I do agree with the other posters in that when the temps get extreme, then the heat pump does not work as well and it takes longer to heat or cool the place.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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If all you are using the gas for is heat (and potentially hot water) then you are also paying several hundred dollars a month for gas. Considering you only need to heat your house in Ga for about 4 months, $87*12= 1044/4 months= $261. That ends up being pretty expensive year over year. I agree with some other posters, unless you are living in a northern suburb, extended (or even power outages in general) are very very rare, and shouldnt be a justification to get gas. We just had the biggest snow storm in 10 years here and didnt lose power for even 1 minute! I have a 1200 square foot all electric apartment downtown and our monthly bill for 2 people with the thermostat being between 72-75 degrees is about $75.
But you do not know what your gas bill would be in the same apartment.

Do you have neighbors in apartments above, below, and on both sides? If so, those heated spaces would further insulate your house more than a similar sized single family home.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:09 PM
 
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But you do not know what your gas bill would be in the same apartment.

Do you have neighbors in apartments above, below, and on both sides? If so, those heated spaces would further insulate your house more than a similar sized single family home.
True but if you just take into account the base charge (around $16) plus the cost of the gas, I am sure if will be more than the $75 I pay for the electric, which includes everything in my apartment. I do not have anyone below me, or on either side of me, just above me. I also have a 2 story loft apartment, so even though it is 1200 square feet, there is a lot more to heat then that.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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The energy bill for an apartment really isn't worth bothering over. It's low, and doesn't generalize at all well to houses, given the nature of the space, the fact that some costs may be rolled into rent or condo fees, etc. The gas/electric debate is really only meaningful for single family homes.

Our SFH costs always seem high compared to others, although we're frugal with the thermostat. However, our house probably leaks air around doors and windows and isn't the best insulated. To be perfectly honest, I've always had mixed feelings about whether that's a such a bad thing. Our heating and cooling costs aren't the cheapest, but on the other hand, we're probably not being poisoned by formaldehyde and other gases given off by furnishing materials, Radon, etc. (We did test for Radon, with a reassuring result, but I figure you can't be too safe).
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Traveling again
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Hi All- I should get used to saying "Hey All",
As a New Englander it's shocking to see so many homes proudly announcing "all electric". Honestly, with the cost of electricity in our area it's a scary proposition to buy all electric, yet when I read some of the responses in other threads it seems that gas is expensive.
Any knowledgeable folks willing to share their expertise on this?
Thanks!
I used to have gas and electric and now have all electric. There is a huge price difference. I pay much less now with all electric than I did with gas and electric. You should know that a few weeks ago Georgia Power announced a hike in rates. We all will be seeing an average of $14-$15 increase on the next power bill so.... we will see.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:14 AM
 
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I used to have gas and electric and now have all electric. There is a huge price difference. I pay much less now with all electric than I did with gas and electric. You should know that a few weeks ago Georgia Power announced a hike in rates. We all will be seeing an average of $14-$15 increase on the next power bill so.... we will see.
Is it the same place? If not, it's not really an apples to apples comparison.
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Traveling again
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Is it the same place? If not, it's not really an apples to apples comparison.
No not the same place but less than 1 mile from the old place and the home I have now is larger.
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