03:24AM | 12/16/06
Member Since: 12/15/06
3 lifetime posts
I would like to get advice on relocating a water heater in my home.

I live in an Ohio, one-story ranch style house without a basement, and currently my water heater is in the attic right above the center of my house, which I do not like.

The WH is getting old -- at least 13 years, and I'm considering having a new one relocated to my garage, but there are some concerns I have:

1. Currently I have a 30-gallon gas water heater, and I'm considering having an electric one installed in my garage.

2. I want electric because I do not want to move the gas lines and because I don't think there is a logical vent location from the garage.

3. How do I calculate how much more the electric water heater will cost to operate? On my current utility bills, electric is 6.1 cents per KWH and gas is $.85 per CCF? What else do I need for the equation?


06:58AM | 12/16/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
This won't be exact for many reasons. One of which is that the new gas water heaters will be more efficient.

Another is no know the usage pattersn of your family.

But go to a home improvement store and look at a similar gas water heateer to what you have now and to the electric one.

Get the Anaul Cost from the label. BUT ALSO GET THE COST OF THE FUEL.

Then get your fuel cost and compute the ratio.

For example if it said the the electric model uses $257 based 10 cents/kWhr.

Then for you it would cost 257(6.1/10) or $157.
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