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    Default Gas or r/c aircon for heating?

    We recently got a r/c aircon installed in our open plan lounge room.
    We already have a gas point/heater.

    I'm just wondering what the cheaper option is to heat the house in winter? Can't find much info. I heard gas is quite expensive now. We are in nsw if that helps.

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    Subbing. We have a gas point and i have never had one before so interested to hear about gas heating. Have only ever had reverse aircon in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littleriv View Post
    Subbing. We have a gas point and i have never had one before so interested to hear about gas heating. Have only ever had reverse aircon in the past.
    @littleriv My gas bill went up by around $300 a quarter running the heater through winter- I had it on most days when I was home. I loved the instant heat and it warmed the room very quickly. I loved curling up in front of the heater and there was something comforting about the smell. I have heard though that gas prices are increasing quickly though.

    How much did your electricity bill go up by? Was the heat instant?

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    Gas is so expensive now. I am in Sydney.

    Our gas bill (cooking and hot water) used to be $90 quarter and now it can be over $200. Not much for 3 months but a significant increase.

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    Default Gas or r/c aircon for heating?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Gas is so expensive now. I am in Sydney.

    Our gas bill (cooking and hot water) used to be $90 quarter and now it can be over $200. Not much for 3 months but a significant increase.
    Yeah our bill is similar. As we have only been here a year and never had gas before I didn't know what to expect. Our 2 bills over winter were around $350 with the gas heater.

    I do know a couple of years ago running the heater through the aircon our electricity bill for winter was insane- close to $700. It was an older unit though, and we had vaulted ceilings.

    I really want to avoid "bill shock" this year as being on Mat leave every dollar counts so I wish I knew what the cheaper option will be this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    Yeah our bill is similar. As we have only been here a year and never had gas before I didn't know what to expect. Our 2 bills over winter were around $350 with the gas heater.

    I do know a couple of years ago running the heater through the aircon our electricity bill for winter was insane- close to $700. It was an older unit though, and we had vaulted ceilings.

    I really want to avoid "bill shock" this year as being on Mat leave every dollar counts so I wish I knew what the cheaper option will be this year.
    Honestly, we hardly use the heating because it is useless. Our house is 100 years old and has tiles throughout the bottom floor and ceilings over 3.5m in height. If we turn the heating on, it blows straight upstairs anyway. Our house is awesomely cool in summer but freezing in winter.

    We use electric throw rugs. They are warm and economical.

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    When we were in ACT, it was cheaper to run a couple of oil column heaters than to use the gas heater. The gas heater was so expensive to run. I'd turn it on for an hour in the mornings to warm up the living areas quickly (it was frequently -7 outside when we got up. We didn't leave the oil heater on overnight). I'd turn the oil heater on, and once it had warmed up and the room was warm enough to get away without wearing a dressing gown, turn off the gas heater. We turned the oil heater off when we went to bed. We also had an oil heater on 24/7 in DS's room. We found the increase in the electricity bill was much less than the increase in the gas bill.

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    Not sure about gas but we had our first ACT winter last year and have r/c ducted air conditioning. We ran the heating usually from wake up (6-6.30am ish) until around 9am. Then turned it on again between 4-5pm. We switched it off when we went to bed, which was usually 8pm. So I guess 6-7 hours per day for 4 months, but intermittent use for maybe another month. Our electricity bill has never been over $600/quarter.

    For us this expense has just replaced the cooling bill in FNQ - one extreme to the other!

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    Quote Originally Posted by binnielici View Post
    Not sure about gas but we had our first ACT winter last year and have r/c ducted air conditioning. We ran the heating usually from wake up (6-6.30am ish) until around 9am. Then turned it on again between 4-5pm. We switched it off when we went to bed, which was usually 8pm. So I guess 6-7 hours per day for 4 months, but intermittent use for maybe another month. Our electricity bill has never been over $600/quarter.

    For us this expense has just replaced the cooling bill in FNQ - one extreme to the other!
    I had a friend who used her gas heater morning to evening and her gas bill was $1200 for the quarter. They were not expecting it to be so high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post
    I had a friend who used her gas heater morning to evening and her gas bill was $1200 for the quarter. They were not expecting it to be so high.
    Ouch! We were worried about what our bill would be as we always had solar panels to offset in FNQ. So when it arrived we were pleasantly surprised!


 

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