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Old 12-16-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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We've been turning down the whole house temperature to save on heating oil for the last three years. To keep warm we are increasingly relying on electric space heaters.

Over the last three years, December electric has risen from 62 to 86 to 104 kWh/ day. Heating oil per day usage has dropped from 9.9 to 7.7 to 6.0 gallons per day.

So dropping 3.9 gallons per day at current price $3.419 / gallon means daily reduction in price by $13.33 per day. The increase in electric costs by 42 kWh/day is about $4.50, so the net savings is $8.83 per day.

I know a lot of people ask the question if this effort is worth it. It seems like it's been a success here.
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:16 AM
 
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That's the only way you are going to save with those space heaters especially when you are comparing to oil or electric that isn't zoned but there is other things to consider when you have coal or natural gas.

If you have zoned heating like we do (a thermostat in every room) you already have the the primary benefit of a space heater which is being able to heat one space and in such a setup if your primary heat is natural gas or coal you'll actually spend more money on the space heater.

If you don't have zone heating like that the next thing to consider is how much space you are heating. If you are going to heat a 500 sq. ft room with an electric space heater and you have natural gas or coal it's not going to cost you anymore to heat 1500 to 2000 sq ft.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:43 AM
 
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If you are going to heat a 500 sq. ft room with an electric space heater and you have natural gas or coal it's not going to cost you anymore to heat 1500 to 2000 sq ft.
I agree. We don't have the option for natural gas in this neighborhood, and it is steam heat so it is difficult to zone. The only option that we have is to return to the original coal heat which was replaced with heating oil roughly half century ago.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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Living where you do frankly you'd have to be nuts not to go back to coal. That's my .02.

New boiler will run around $4 to $9K, used and refurbished can be had for about $3 to $4k but that will be an EFM or Axeman Anderson which are $8 or $9 new.
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