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Question DetailsAsked on 1/2/2020

Would it easier and cheaper to convert or gas water heater and stove to electric.

We recently moved into a home when we went to have our utilities connected found out they wouldn't connect our gas because the gas lines are located under our home. So would it be better to go from gas to electric or relocate the water heater from inside or home to the outside. Just convert the stove to electric. Or just get a plumber to replace the existing gas lines estimated price $3000 for them to do that

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Out of the box answer: if you happen to have good southern exposure consider adding solar panels and changing everything over to electric. The federal rebates have not expired yet on solar panels so you have to look at your tax situation for the credits, if you have good southern exposure. Five years ago we added solar panels at a net cost after rebates of about $4800 (list $13,000) and reduced our monthly electric bill to $17.50 total for the net meter. Our system is only 13 panels (Axitec panels with Envision microinverters) and that system supports a three bedroom raised ranch and an above ground swimming pool filter for the summer months in New York State. Those solar rebates were a combination of New York State, NYSERDA and federal rebates. If we get rid of the pool I will convert the gas hot water to electric and rely upon the freed up capacity. Putting $3000 into new gas piping would be hard for me to justify but investing that money towards solar panels could make better long term sense, depending upon your southern exposure and rebates situation. Also, it has been proven that you will increase the market value of your house by upwards of the list price of the solar in case that makes any sense to you in your situation. In five years, we have had no failure or service call on the solar system, knock on wood... (Also, your roof should be probably no older than about 10 years or you are going to incur a cost to have the panels removed when the roof is replaced.)

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