Switching from oil to electric?

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  1. DavidS
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    I'm moving to a new house soon. The price of oil is around $3.25/gallon and my tank has about 250 gallon capacity. Isn't electric going to be cheaper than oil?
     
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    Damn. How do I know when the oil tank is running low?
     
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    You may want to park a propane tank near the house. You could run the furnace, stove, water heater with the gas. It ain't cheap either, but what is these days.
     
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    The tank should have a guage.

    Also, the oil company uses a formula involving degree-days to keep track of your usage and will deliver automatically. In my 30+ years of owning a home, I've never run out of oil.
     
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    Electric will be cheaper than oil in the year 2037 when fusion reactors are readily available.
     
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    with global warming and all, he should just wait til then.
     
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    Yep a fusion reactor powered Mo Ped :)
     
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    I put in a wood stove 3 years back and only use the oil to quickly warm up the house in the AM, plus to keep the pipes from freezing while we're away. I keep a close eye on craigslist for good deals on wood, do scrounging and also have my own chainsaw. It's really cut back on expenses after the initial investment.
     
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    Wouldn't know. Here in Oklahoma, you couldn't find an oil tank in a house if yoru life depended on it. We either use gas or electric. I prefer gas. Electric heat feels "colder" than gas heat. I prefer gas for cooking as well. You can control the level of heat instantly where electric has to heat up or cool down over time.
     

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