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Old 11-15-2018, 06:42 PM
Location: CA
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I have lived in a few different states, but never in an area that didn't have natural gas available to your home. Most of what I see there is electric for things such as stove and water heater. I would think it would be beneficial to have LP gas for that; is there a reason it isn't used more? What is the best way to heat a home there? I am very familiar with air conditioning systems and I am NOT fond of heat pumps. I've never used oil either. We hope to retire there before too long and this information would help us in a home search.

BY the way...I have driven in about 30 different states, but I have never been anywhere where people follow so closely behind other vehicles on the highway. Are there a lot of rear-end accidents there? Right after I got home and was going to work I had a car tail-gating me really closely and wondered if it was just me (and no I wasn't going slow in the fast lane). I got over and let him go around and sure enough, the license plate was from Virginia. This won't stop me from moving there, I'm just curious about it.
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:12 AM
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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VA has idiot drivers like every state in this country. I've driven in nearly every state and all have horrible drivers.
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:04 AM
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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It all comes down to fuel availability. The sparsely populated rural areas don't justify the infastructure for natural gas. If you want to cook with a flame and don't like heat pumps, get propane. A house with fuel-oil can be converted to propane, so wouldn't pass up on a property because of fuel type. Just consider the cost of a new furnace, etc as part of the cost to remodel. Also, LP lines can freeze-up if not installed so as to mitigate that possibility.

In the DC/ NoVa area, oil to gas conversions are at a fast pace. Ask any realtor about how a buyer will pass on a listing with oil heat. There is an ill-deserved stigma here about fuel oil, and the added hassle of filling the tank.

We recently sold our place in Calloway, VA. We had decided to go all electric, though always considered LP for a cooktop.
BTW, current generation heat pumps do fine in that mild region IMO.

The region you are considering is home to NASCAR. We all drive like that, and draft the car in front of us to save gas! You'll also notice that road curves are banked so as to maintain speed. Also a NASCAR mindset.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:02 PM
Location: CA
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Finalmove, If I could vote for post of the year, that would be it! I didn't think about drafting, that makes all kinds of sense to me now. The other thing that really got my attention was the really good condition of those roads. I live in the state that probably collects more in highway taxes than all the other 49 combined, and our roads cannot compete with VA. Since I first set foot in the Blue Ridge Mountains about 15 years ago, I have had my mind set on living there some day. I think I am getting close.
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Old 11-21-2018, 07:53 AM
Location: Tennessee
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Heat pumps are very standard for AC in southwest Virginia. If you're not using a heat pump here, you're basically down to window units.
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