How to save money with electric base board heating:
- Trip most of the breakers in the spring when heating is no longer required. Leave the breakers for any circuits for the basement on, but lower the thermostat setting to 60-65°.
- Instead of an outside air conditioner, install a split system
heat pump that can supply the necessary quantity of heat in the spring/fall months while the breakers are tripped, and supplement the baseboards during a part of, or in some cases most, of the winter.
The first is a zero cost item that saves on the phantom power consumed by baseboard heaters during inactive periods (summer). Check the voltage at the baseboard and you will find that there are about 55 volts across the wires even when the thermostat is set to minimum. With 17.5 kW of baseboard heaters, my original savings when I first started doing this was about $15-20 per month. The price of electricity has tripled since that time.
The second will cost a significant amount, but in my case, the savings has covered the price difference between a stand alone a/c unit with an outside condenser and the same size unit as a heat pump in about 5-7 years.
Divide the total
(including taxes, delivery, etc) cost of your electricity by the number of kilowatt hours consumed to find out how many hours of heating it would take to cover the cost of the "smart thermostat". It's staggering, and I have 13 thermostats in my home, most of which are out of service for 5-6 months per year.
It's now October 24 and my breakers have been tripped since early May. With outside temps in the 32-60° range for the past month, the heat pump is earning its keep. I'll be turning the breakers back on in stages, one or two rooms at a time as required, sometime in the next couple of weeks. The butter is getting hard to spread.
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