Electric Home Heating Systems

electric Home Heating Systems

electric home heating systems
I Live in Atlantic Canada and would Like some Answers on Heating my new home please?

Hi, I recently moved to New Brunswick, Canada. One of the largest expenses on a property next to property taxes here is heating. Homes here have the widest array of heating options I think I have ever seen. Everything from wood, to electricity, nat gas etc. We are going to build a new 1200 square foot bunglaow. Our contractor is telling us that we can expect around $250 a month in total energy costs for the home we’ve chosen. This is using electric baseboard heat. We have been tossing around the idea of a “Heat Pump System”, however, it is very costly to install at around $15,000, he says the payback period is around 13 years. Can someone please supply me with some ACTUAL figures of what it is costing you to heat your home per month with electric baseboard heat, vs what it costs per month using a heat pump system? I still haven’t made up my mind if I will go with this heat pump or not. Thanks for your valued input!

I don’t live in NB, but was facing a similar situation here in Quebec. My house is heated by oil – forced air furnace. With heating oil prices going up and up, I simply could not justify staying with just heating oil as my primary heating source.

So I looked into various options.

Converting to natural gas meant a new furnace and new chimney liner.
Converting to electricity was good but can be expensive too, especially in summer air conditioning season.

Since I already had the ductwork in the house, installing a thermopump add-on unit seemed a good idea, especially from talking with people.

Not sure why your contractor was saying that the heat pump would be so expensive. We have a Lincoln Series C unit installed with a bi-energy configuration. It was sold and installed by Ultramar Home Energy.
http://www.lincoln-hvac.com

The unit cost us $5,000 (taxes incl) last fall. Hydro-Quebec gives us the electricity at a lower rate as long as the temperature does not drop below -12C. Once we reach that temperature or below, the thermopump switches to our regular oil furnace and we start burning oil, both systems sharing the same duct work.

In the 2007-2008 winter season, we paid for over 2000 litres of oil. In November we were paying 0.73/L but by March 2008 that was 0.97/L. For the 2008-2009 winter season after adding the heat pump, we went through about 25% less oil, saving about $500 at this year’s prices.

But you may say, what about the electricity you are using now? Good point. However, we are getting the electricity at a lower rate all year round, and so we also will be saving money on cooling the house during midsummer, since using the thermopump means we don’t need an air conditioner.

I would check around in the costs of the thermopumps in your area, as $15,000 seems a bit pricey, unless it is one of those “geothermal heat pumps” where you have to dig way down into the ground to install pipes.

And also check with New Brunswick Power about bi-energy options.

Another option since you are building and have the ability to make changes as desired now rather than later…perhaps you can add solar energy using roof panels as an option? How much sunlight per year do you get in your area. As I understand it, a higher initial cost, but you can save a lot of money by using that to supplement your power consumption over the life of the house. And because they charge the batteries, you still have power whenever the utility company loses service in your area. In some places, you can sell power back to the utility company. You may even qualify for a grant or rebate from the government. See the links below.

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