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Old 10-03-2015, 12:19 PM   #15
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...The Cost of Heat

Electric...Cost (per 100,000 BTU) = 3.52
Propane...Cost (per 100,000 BTU) = 3.31

GAS WINS!


....assume a more efficient gas furnace (85%)...

Electric...Cost (per 100,000 BTU) = 3.52
Propane...Cost (per 100,000 BTU) = 2.92

ELECTRIC WINS!

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OOPPSS...I must have gotten cross eyed. LOL

Gas was cheaper in both calculations.

One other consideration for most motor homes is whether or not you can have LP delivered to your site or you have to drive the MH somewhere to fill it. We don't use an extended stay device and carry any spare tanks. Specifically in the RGV, getting a weekly top off is easy for most parks.
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BTW...I checked with Winter Ranch in Alamo, TX ($.13/Kwh) & Amigo Gas ($2.60/gallon) for today's prices and using a conservative 75% furnace efficiency I got this:

Electric:

Electric rate (per kilowatt-hour) = 0.1300
Cost of heat (per 100,000 BTU) = 3.81

Fuel:

Propane cost per gallon = 2.60
Burner efficiency factor = 75%
Cost of heat (per 100,000 BTU) = 3.75

Gas was a slight winner. That being said there are a few factors to toss in selecting heating source.

1. As an example, if you close things off to the bedroom at night, using an electric space heater and dialing down the gas furnace for the rest of the RV might be more cost effective when doing that.

2. As temps drop, heat pumps become less efficient so it is possible that you will get less BTUs/Kwh when temps start getting below 40 compared to the electric calculations above. If you have electric heat strips, those may be more efficient at lower temps than heat pumps. At least this is my working theory.
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You don't get as much wind in Mission as further east also you don't get smoke from burning the cane fields. We used to go every 3rd year and found we liked the Mission area the best.
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