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Gas vs. Electric Appliances for Energy Efficiency

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    Now we’re going to talk to Beth in California who listens to The Money Pit on KQKE and you’re talking about gas or electric; which is more efficient. We both have a pretty strong opinion about this but let’s hear your question.

    BETH: OK. So we are building a new house in California and so we can pick whether we want electric or gas appliances and let’s say washers and dryers is what we’re kind of focusing on right now.

    TOM: OK.

    BETH: And we were wondering what opinion you had.

    TOM: Well, is this – what about the heating system? What kind of heat do you have?

    BETH: It’s going to be forced steam heat.

    TOM: But it’s going to …

    LESLIE: That’s good.

    TOM: It’s going to be gas?

    BETH: I believe so.

    TOM: Yeah, probably. Well, I mean if you have gas appliances – I mean if you have a gas heating system, I would use a gas dryer.

    BETH: OK.

    TOM: I wouldn’t use – an electric dryer’s going to be more expensive to use.

    BETH: Well and that’s what they were saying but I didn’t know what’s going on now with the new kind of …

    TOM: You know, Beth, a lot of people have asked us that question but the bottom line is that as expensive as gas is gas is always going to be cheaper than electric because per BTU, electric is always much more costly.

    BETH: Alright, well thank you for your time. I appreciate it.

    TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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