gas comparison to oil

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  1. mikeyny

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    Does anyone know how many therms of gas equals gallons of oil. I have been comparing usage with a brother in law and can't seem to come to a conclusion on how they compare.
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    Best thing to do is use our Fuel Cost Comparison calculator:
    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/articles/fuel_cost_comparison_calculator/

    But most NG companies bill by the Therm, or 100,000 BTU. If you look at a gas bill, and do the math you will find current prices of approx. $1.75 a therm in the Northeast.

    Oil has approx 140,000 BTU per gallon or roughly 1.4 times as much heat.

    In terms of a simple multiplier, either multiply 1.4 time the gas therm price:
    If gas therm is $2.00, then oil equiv is $2.80

    or, if the other way around:
    use a .7 multiplier
    If oil is $4.00, then gas would have to be $2.80 a therm to be equiv.
     
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    Is there a link to this fuel calculator in the drop down menu
    at the top of the page? If so I can't find it.
     
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    It would be nice if you could add heat pumps (which use electric). The electric you post assumes 100% resistive heating when in reality a heat pump with a COP of three or higher begins to be able to compete with NG and even wood.
     
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    Correct........I have to add that........thanks
     
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    Since the calc will let you change the efficiency, multiply the COP by 100 and plug that in. It works!

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