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Gas vs. Electric for Heating, Cooking, and Hot Water

When both natural gas and electricity are readily available, which makes the most sense?

Posted on Oct 2 2017 by Scott Gibson

Lydia Segal is planning a 2,000-square foot house in Colorado (Climate Zone 6B), and aiming for "Pretty Good House" performance. Among the many questions she's trying to answer is whether electricity or natural gas is the best choice for heating, domestic hot water, and cooking.

She's lucky enough to have both a reliable electricity grid and easy access to natural gas in the small community where she lives. So the practicalities of delivery are not really a concern.


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A Superinsulated House in Rural Minnesota

A tight building envelope and plenty of insulation mean low energy bills — even for a home with electric resistance heat

Posted on Mar 16 2012 by Martin Holladay

Electric resistance heating systems have a bad reputation. While the required equipment is cheap (and sometimes cheap-looking), homes with electric heat are known for their high fuel bills.


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