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Posted: 05/24/21 04:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey everyone, I have a seasonal site where I have metered electric, so for fridge, heat and hot water, is LP or electric cheaper?

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Posted: 05/24/21 05:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Generally LP is cheaper..
HOWEVER it depends on how much you pay per unit for each and sadly I do not have the conversion factors handy.


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I's seen written a few times that $2 a gallon is approximately equal to 10 cents per kWh.


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Cost really is a non-issue in the choice.

Unless you use a ton of propane, the convenience of electric makes it worth paying an extra $5-10 per year with electricity.

If you use that much on a seasonal site, see about getting a propane company to bring out a big 100gal tank but unless you do a lot of winter camping, it's unlikely to be worth it.


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Back in April (when it was cold) I was using 1 30lb / week LP. The ppl here at the campground said it'd be cheaper than electric.

I suppose the question would be, is the fridge and hot water cheaper on LP too?

I have not received my first bill yet, so I am not sure how much they're charging / KWh

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The water heater and fridge use comparatively little energy when compared to the furnace/heaters. Absorption fridges tend to run at very roughly a pound of propane a day, or maybe 3ish kWh per day. The difference between those costs is probably on the order of a few cents. The water heater is probably similar in cost to operate.

(For the water heater especially, it's a bit more likely that electricity will be cheaper because the immersion element is considerably more efficient than the burner in terms of lost energy: virtually all of the energy it uses goes towards heating the water, while a portion of the heat from the gas burner escapes with the exhaust.)





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valhalla360 wrote:

Cost really is a non-issue in the choice.

Unless you use a ton of propane, the convenience of electric makes it worth paying an extra $5-10 per year with electricity.

If you use that much on a seasonal site, see about getting a propane company to bring out a big 100gal tank but unless you do a lot of winter camping, it's unlikely to be worth it.


This^^^^. Why go through the effort of monitoring and changing tanks.
Electric does not require any input from the end user.
The cost difference is negligible either way.


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I found this link several years ago. Can't vouch for the figures but it looked like someone did their homework. http://www.adventure.1tree.net/index.php........m_content&view=article&id=292&Itemid=285


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Think about your time and vehicle wear and tear plus fuel consumption to take the tanks to be filled. I really don't care about the cost I run electric when possible for everything.


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Lantley wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

Cost really is a non-issue in the choice.

Unless you use a ton of propane, the convenience of electric makes it worth paying an extra $5-10 per year with electricity.

If you use that much on a seasonal site, see about getting a propane company to bring out a big 100gal tank but unless you do a lot of winter camping, it's unlikely to be worth it.


This^^^^. Why go through the effort of monitoring and changing tanks.
Electric does not require any input from the end user.
The cost difference is negligible either way.




A few bucks either way
Electric is so much easier

Fridge.... might have TWO 225W elements (large size) or ONE 375W element (medium size)
Propane ---1200btu to 2200btu depending on size of fridge

Water heater.....
Atwood 6 gal 8kbtu/hr --10kbtu/hr 10 gal ---1400W element
Suburban 6,10,12,16 gal---12Kbtu/hr run time ---1440W element

Do the math
OR
Use the electric it isn't going to be that costly


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