[Homestead] Propane versus electric
genegerue at ruralize.com
Wed Jun 21 09:26:31 EDT 2006
>Propane is way too expensive AND the cost of propane anything is
>double to triple the cost of the plain old electric. You can get
>propane fridges and
>freezers from most propane suppliers.
>If the cost of running them is the main criteria AND you don't mind doing
>the ice removal every so often, go with an Energy Star that isn't frost
>free. Second is an Energy Star that is frost free and last on your list
>will be propane.
All good advice. Let us not swing the brush too wide, however.
Propane is a better choice than electric for heating appliances.
Plus, if your propane tank is large enough you are immune to electric outages.
I have long wanted a large propane tank. Got one last fall; it holds
a thousand gallons. I will now refill it once per year at the time
that propane is least expensive. Electric outages will not affect my
ability to heat water, cook, heat the house. I have an RV fridge that
is three-way, twelve volt, 120 volt, and propane. It is small but a
good backup for when big storms knock out the electric. We were once
without electricity for six or seven days.
If I relied on electric for anything I would either have redundancy
or a good generator.
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