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Home Heating Fuel Cost Comparison

The chart below shows a comparison of annual home heating fuel costs based on the most recent infor-mation obtained from suppliers in Snohomish County. The chart also shows that electric heat pumps continue to provide a very cost-effective heating source. (Electric costs based on PUD residential billing rate of 10.4 cents per kilowatt-hour.)

The costs are based on the space heating needs for an average single family home. Individual consump-tions can vary significantly, depending on thermostat settings, air leakage, house construction, and other factors.

  • Electric Heat Pump
  • 5888kWH
  • $612

  • 7350kWH
  • $764

  • 8825kWH
  • $918

  • Gas Furnace
  • 667 therms
  • $1014

  • 883 therms
  • $1266

  • 1000 therms
  • $1520

  • Electric Baseboard
  • 11730 kWH
  • $1220

  • 14650 kWH
  • $1524

  • 17575 kWH
  • $1828

  • Electric Furnace
  • 14650 kWH
  • $1524

  • 18313 kWH
  • $1905

  • 21975 kWH
  • $2285

  • Propane Furnace
  • 725 gallons
  • $1631

  • 906 gallons
  • $2083

  • 1087 gallons
  • $2446

  • Oil Furnace
  • 480 gallons
  • $1445

  • 600 gallons
  • $1806

  • 719 gallons
  • $2164

  • $300
  • $600
  • $900
  • $1200
  • $1500
  • $1800
  • $2100
  • $2400
  • $2700

System assumptions:

  • Electric heat pump: HSPF 8.5, $0.104/kWh, 3413 Btu/kWh, 25% duct loss
  • Gas Furnace: 80% efficiency, $1.52/therm, 100,000 Btu/therm, 25% duct loss
  • Electric baseboard: 100% efficiency, $0.104/kWh, 3413 Btu/kWh • Propane furnace: 80% efficiency, $2.25/gallon, 92,000 Btu/gallon, 25% duct loss
  • Electric furnace: 100% efficiency, $0.104/kWh, 3413 Btu/kWh, 25% duct loss
  • Oil furnace: 80% efficiency, $3.01/gallon, 139,000 Btu/gallon, 25% duct loss

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