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Re: lso what would be the cost difference between gas/electric be for the Winter season be?
avatar January 12, 2019 01:45PM
(Very noisy) heat pumps (air-air) are not effective with really cold winter spells. One has to increase insulation heavily (triple glass panels, extra wall and roof insulation, floor heating, etc...) Heat pumps have to be replaced every 10 years and they cost 4, till 5 times that of gas furnaces. On top of that. the cost of the electricity trumps that of the gas price by 4 times! To ease the costs of electrics, one should have to put one's roof full of solar panels and the garden too! And they are not free either! Or a noisy windturbine of course, as on a grey day or in the night, there is no electricity benefit. One cannot keep the electricity without home batteries! A moderate house would be tackled for 50~80,000 euro's to make it possible! To push the "transition" forward, our government plans to tax the gas price way more , then it is now, wise move Angry, elections are at hand in a few months... An easy solution without CO2 problems would be nuclear power plants, but they are afraid of disasters and terrorism. The new plutonium problem could be erased with new Thorium reactors, but that is still a future science fiction thing... They also are talking about Hydrogen as new heating solution, but that's still not easy to make/win...

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Off Topic A cautionary tale of boldly doing DIY furnace repair. Sad BF Hammer 198 January 09, 2019 05:32PM
Do you remember a year ago, when our furnace stopped working after 21 years? Eek! James T. Kirk© 87 January 12, 2019 07:06AM
That sounds good, sort of ............ Robmks 77 January 12, 2019 07:58AM
Re: lso what would be the cost difference between gas/electric be for the Winter season be? James T. Kirk© 81 January 12, 2019 01:45PM
That is a heat pump. By far the most common way to heat electrically is with radiant baseboard units. BF Hammer 82 January 12, 2019 02:27PM
Re: Trace that electrical power back to the source, and you will mostly find coal being burned to create it. James T. Kirk© 81 January 13, 2019 04:42AM
Yeah but what watch was the repairman wearing? Laughing Seriously I'm glad it ended well. It's scary when the scent of gas is in the air. (n/t) Dave P 88 January 11, 2019 07:30PM
Based on the bill, it could not have been anything less than a Grand Seiko SpringDrive. Laughing (n/t) BF Hammer 88 January 11, 2019 07:42PM
Yikes, glad it worked out. Makes me feel better I have old fashioned oil/steam heat. Cheers! (n/t) Robmks 140 January 09, 2019 07:23PM
That's a very northeastern part of the country way of doing things. Natural gas and propane rules the middle of the country. Smile (n/t) BF Hammer 126 January 09, 2019 07:49PM
Glad nothing worse happened. And now you're nice and warm. And safe! Smile (n/t) Zeb 87 January 09, 2019 06:52PM
Warm, yes. Nice? Debateable. Poorer? Definitely! Laughing (n/t) BF Hammer 134 January 09, 2019 07:45PM
Glad you didn't have an explosion or frozen pipes. You're right, even if you had a pro do the thermocouple, you still... Mike D 136 January 09, 2019 06:32PM
I don't fear electricity either...if I have personally disconnected the power. Wink BF Hammer 131 January 09, 2019 07:43PM
Good point - if I had formal education, I'd probably be cool with it. (n/t) Mike D 132 January 09, 2019 08:44PM

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