gas or electric water heaters?

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Old 02-11-16, 12:07 AM
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gas or electric water heaters?

My water heater is pretty old so replacing it is something I am considering. My house has a gas one right now, but there is also wiring for an electric unit as well. Is there any benefits of an electric tank to gas tank or vise-versa. The only one I can see if that gas is cheaper in my area. Thanks,
 
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Gas is probably way cheaper. I would stay with it.
 
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Old 02-11-16, 03:37 AM
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The price of operation is the primary concern. As Pulpo noted, gas is probably less expensive to operate even though the overall efficiency of a gas-fired water heater is significantly lower than an electric model.

Even in my area that boasts some of the least expensive electricity in the nation, a gas-fired water heater is significantly less expensive to operate. An additional plus is that gas-fired heaters recover much faster than electric.
 
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Depending on where you are located you may also want to consider power outages. Many gas water heaters can function without electricity.
 
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In Southern California, the obvious choice would be gas. Electric rates for a medium-use home can be around $0.41 per kWh. It adds up quick.
 
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Old 02-11-16, 08:48 AM
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Where I am the estimate is three times more for electric.
 
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Old 02-11-16, 10:39 AM
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Ray, that's 41 cents per kWh or sometimes higher here, did you think 4.1?

I think so. I would imagine most people would find 41 cents crazy.
 
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Old 02-11-16, 07:06 PM
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I think Ray meant that is was three times more costly to run electric over gas where he is.

and YES..... .41/kwh is insanity.
 
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Old 02-11-16, 07:57 PM
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Yes, three times more to use electric.
 
 

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