Several weeks ago I posted about our EdenPURE heater and asked if anyone else had opinions, good or bad, about them.
I had a few responses, including one from Granny that suggested that using our gas furnace may be more cost-effective (the next three colder months may prove this point) and another anonymous comment that all but accused me of being paid by EdenPURE to have posted my opinion (I'm not paid for any of my product reviews).
Today I thought I'd revisit the subject and give actual utility costs after a full billing cycle of use.
A few things to keep in mind:
- We have been in our house about 2-1/2 years, so I have only the 2006, 2007 and current numbers to compare.
- We like our home to be around 70° during our waking hours (roughly 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m). We have our gas furnace set to come on if the temperature falls below 60° overnight.
- According to previous bills, electric rates since 2006 have basically held steady (please correct me if I'm wrong, Sarah).
- Also per previous bills, our natural gas rates have increased considerably since 2006.
- This cycle (mid-October to mid-November) may have been a bit warmer than the previous two years.
- We have borrowed my father-in-law's EdenPURE heater*, so we are operating two of them rather than just one. The are the only source of heat we've used during the day.
- We only use one of the EdenPURE heaters overnight, near our bedrooms, leaving the rest of the house quite cool. On the chillier mornings, we've had the gas furnace set to come on for about 30 minutes. Once the entire house is back up to a comfortable temperature, we turn off the gas furnace and turn the second EdenPURE back on.
- We run a small portable electric humidifier and maintain an average humidity of 55-60%. (Humid air feels warmer than dry air.)
Now here are the numbers:
2006 Natural Gas: 1.759 CCF per day - $67.55
2006 Electricity: 28.21 kWh per day - $75.64
2006 Total Cost: $143.19
2007 Natural Gas: 1.645 CCF per day - $71.27
2007 Electricity: 29.72 kWh per day - $87.49
2007 Total Cost: $158.76
Average Cost for 2006 and 2007 = 150.98
2008 Natural Gas: .586 CCF per day - $45.11**
2008 Electricity: 34.50 kWh per day - $104.17
2008 Total Cost: $149.28
We saved $1.70 over our average using the EdenPURE. So, the company's claim that the heater will pay for itself in a matter of weeks or months are still up for debate. We suspect their claims are based on a lot of specific situations that may not be typical of our home.
However, we still agree with their claims that the EdenPURE heats a space more evenly than other heaters and furnaces and eliminates nearly all of the static electricity common in homes during the winter.
We aren't saving much, but the heat is simply more comfortable, in our opinion. Which is good enough for us.
*My FIL agrees that his house was more comfortable with the EdenPURE and that it didn't cost any more for him to use in his all-electric home. Why he no longer wants to use it is beyond our understanding.
**Our bill is still this high because our cook stove and water heater both run on gas.