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(CBC)   Comforting: Getting a large oil delivery in preparation for winter. Not comforting: Getting a large oil delivery in preparation for winter when your home is all-electric   (cbc.ca) divider line 60
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2012-11-15 02:45:10 PM
I'd be all like "yay! free new house!"
 
2012-11-15 04:49:36 PM

C0rf: Wife and I bought a home two years ago that had been renovated to use all electric appliances and HVAC. The electric "furnace" is like a breath of lukewarm air costing $300 monthly to operate when the temperature gets down below freezing, and that's just in Maryland. I'm annoyed at the prospect of ripping out a nearly-new setup to replace it with natural gas if I want effective warmth between November and February...

And this guy was switching TO electrical heat? In Canada?! Brrr.


I'm betting the furnace isn't rated for the size of the house, or the duct-work isn't insulated properly. The house itself may also have poor insulation, or a lot of drafts and leaks.
 
2012-11-15 06:41:36 PM
I never understood the alure of oil heat. It's noisy, you have to get the tank refilled every now and then, it's not as efficient as gas, you need to have someone service it EVERY year, it smells bad, etc etc etc.

What's the big drawback of gas? You *might* be that one-in-a-million home that blows up due to a leak? It's about all the oil companies up here have to advertise anymore, with the cost of home heating oil where it is...
 
2012-11-15 07:43:50 PM

C0rf: And this guy was switching TO electrical heat? In Canada?! Brrr.


Article doesn't say if the homeowner get electric service from bend-over-and-take-it-big-utility or a municipal electric company. If its the latter then there are no big outrageous salary's with stock bonus and shareholders to pay out dividends and other foolishness.
 
2012-11-15 08:01:25 PM

PsychoPhil: I never understood the alure of oil heat. It's noisy, you have to get the tank refilled every now and then, it's not as efficient as gas, you need to have someone service it EVERY year, it smells bad, etc etc etc.

What's the big drawback of gas? You *might* be that one-in-a-million home that blows up due to a leak? It's about all the oil companies up here have to advertise anymore, with the cost of home heating oil where it is...


other then propane houses off the natural gas pipe grid dont hav access to gas, a natural gas or propane tank large enoughfor a home is significantly more expensive then a oil tank.. propane tanks generlly arenot buried, you cant deliver natural/propane yourself, you can with oil, oil was more ommon the natural or propane not that long ago..

eh.. probabl other reasond but thats a few for ya
 
2012-11-15 08:11:52 PM

PsychoPhil: I never understood the alure of oil heat. It's noisy, you have to get the tank refilled every now and then, it's not as efficient as gas, you need to have someone service it EVERY year, it smells bad, etc etc etc.

What's the big drawback of gas? You *might* be that one-in-a-million home that blows up due to a leak? It's about all the oil companies up here have to advertise anymore, with the cost of home heating oil where it is...


I'm in Texas. We all use natural gas here for hot water and home heating, and a lot of stoves and dryers.

I'm baffled why the north doesn't use natural gas, isn't it much cheaper than oil? I know that you guys use a lot MORE heat than we do!
 
2012-11-15 08:18:35 PM

abhorrent1: Not that I think it's the home owners fault but...If you took the oil tank out of service, don't you think it would be a good idea to cap it or otherwise block off the fill tube?

/don't know how they work
//not living like it's 1899


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2012-11-15 09:20:31 PM
Why would anyone want to heat with electric? Wood is the way to go, I keep my house at 75 all winter and even when I'm lazy and just have wood delivered it cost me about $300 a season and that's in northern mn
 
2012-11-15 10:36:34 PM

Oznog: I'm baffled why the north doesn't use natural gas, isn't it much cheaper than oil? I know that you guys use a lot MORE heat than we do!


The north does use gas. Virtually no one installs a new oil system today unless you're the previous owner of my house who worked for an oil company. He did install a high efficiency 180,000 BTU system though, so I've got that going for me.

But there are a lot of oil furnaces out there and sadly most of them are in houses owned by people who can't afford to install gas service and buy a new furnace.
 
2012-11-16 05:58:36 AM
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