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Old 01-11-2012, 05:40 AM   #1
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Question for long term campers paying for electric use

During extended stays many campgrounds bill monthly rates plus charge approximately 10 cents per kilowatt for electric use. Has anyone done a cost comparison on which would be less expensive; operating a hot water heater on gas or electric?


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Old 01-11-2012, 06:12 AM   #2
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propane most expensive ??

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are you talking
gas or propane

gas as per delivered through pipes
as we know is fairly reasonable in price

elect I think to come in second

propane most expensive ??

just what I have been taught
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what others have to say


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Old 01-11-2012, 06:48 AM   #3
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Electric would still be cheapest by far IMO.

If your power is at 10 cents a KW; electric should be cheaper for you than propane since the cost savings involved would ONLY be from the cost of heating the water. The monthly connect is a "sunk cost" since you need it anyway.

I am not aware of many (none I can think of) campgrounds that offer NG via pipe to its sites. Fire risk comes to mind. Though that would be cheaper for you PROVIDED you rejet all your appliances for NG. Jets sized for Propane would be so inefficient as to negate any potential cost savings.

Propane may also be a "sunk cost" if you rent a big 100 gallon tank. That would reduce your propane cost per gallon since you can buy in bigger quantities. You might not go that route though unless you are heating when you stay there. There would also be a monthly (small) rental fee on the tank and delivery fees on top of the propane (unless you can disconnect and throw it in the bed of your truck when it needs refill).

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Old 01-11-2012, 06:54 AM   #4
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I would think propane is more expensive. If you factor in the time, and the vehicle use to refill your tanks, it gets really expensive. It is faster recovery, but if you have time to wait, the electric is cheaper. Probably still the cheapest and most efficient fuel source we have on this planet.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:32 PM   #5
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Sorry, yes I meant LP gas. I pay around $3.00/gallon (includes tax). I was thinking electric would be less expensive but wasn't sure and wanted to know if anyone knew otherwise. Thanks for the responses.

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