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Comparing Heating Costs With Various Fuels
The chart below shows how much it costs to heat an average home using the various fuels listed,
as of March, 2015. Fuel pricing is derived from the US Energy Administration Administration.
column shows the listed overall heat extraction efficiency of the appliance
used. For this chart, we wanted representative comparisons for modern-day
appliances, so we used the manufacturer's listed efficiency rating for the
Pacific Super Series woodstoves, the Seraph Genesis pellet stove (annual cost
adjusted to include $100.00 annual electricity consumption), the Hearthstone
Stowe natural gas and LP stoves,
and the Efel Harmony II oil stove.
The PRICE / MBTU column shows the cost of one
Units of each fuel.
The ANNUAL COST column shows the fuel expense to heat the average US household for one year (44 MBTU).
Because BTU content varies among species of fuel wood, the chart uses an average of the 28 recommended species from our
||12.67¢ / KWH
||$1.98 / GAL
||$260 / TON
||$2.24 / GAL
||$0.93 / THERM
||$175 / CORD
Note that the above chart compares NEW, high efficiency appliances. Efficiency
ratings have improved dramatically in almost all appliance categories in recent
years: for example, if you're currently heating with a 20-year-old woodstove, you could save up to
40% on your fuel bill
by replacing it with a new, high efficiency model.
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