Propane vs. Electric?


Old 04-28-05, 03:07 AM
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Propane vs. Electric?

We are going to be building a house on the outer limits of town, so we have no access to natural gas. We can either setup everything electric, which would be easier or we can setup a propane tank outside to run heat, water heater, stove, etc.

I have no experience with propane in a house, can anyone tell me what is involved? Do I buy the tank and have it filled? Or do they generally give you the tank and I pay to have it filled? What is the cost difference between propane and electric?

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Old 04-28-05, 04:18 AM
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Run a fuel cost comparison. Call your electric utility and propane dealer for rates. I suspect you will find electricity significantly cheaper than propane. Propane dealers will either rent you a tank or you can purchase. Just plug numbers into the calculator. If you elect to go with electric heat pump, don't let builder install a budget/builder model-just a waste. Insist upon a correctly sized(Manual J heat/cool load calc) and quality unit rated at minimum 14 SEER and 9+ HSPF. Good Luck!
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