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JasonG

03:59AM | 07/10/01
Member Since: 07/05/01
25 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
We just bought a 1930 Bungalow that uses bottled propane for the 30 gallon hot water heater (furnace is oil, AC is electric). It is estimated (by the gas comp.) that we will need to refill the two bottles every 2 months, at a cost of $105. Considering this, would we save money converting to an electric hot water heater? Are there any pros/cons I should be aware of?
Thanks,
Jason Gauthier

rpxlpx

06:43AM | 07/10/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
$52.50 a month for heating water seems quite a lot - especially for only 30 gallons. If you shop for electric water heaters, you'll find a notice on the side of each telling how much it typically costs to operate per year.
I suspect you could get a 40-gal. electric heater, pay for installation, and still save money within 2-3 years. It's worth checking out.
One possible drawback might be running 240v. electrical line. The house might not have a big enough service to support an electric water heater. Best to check that out first.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited July 10, 2001).]

LDoyle

02:27PM | 07/10/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
Another thought;how about a "tankless water heater"? Can get one with battery ignition so no pilot light and you only heat the water you use. Try: http://www.controlledenergy.com/consumer/aquastar/aquastar.html
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