Ameren Missouri customers to pay less...

Ameren Missouri customers to pay less this winter for natural gas

There are 2 comments on the KSDK-TV Saint Louis story from Nov 1, 2012, titled Ameren Missouri customers to pay less this winter for natural gas. In it, KSDK-TV Saint Louis reports that:

Ameren Missouri says both residential and business customers will be paying lower rates for natural gas this winter compared to last.

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oldvet

Cape Girardeau, MO

#1 Nov 10, 2012
I had them take my gas meter out.Natural gas is not cheap and electric is safer.
fxpwt

Cape Girardeau, MO

#2 Nov 10, 2012
The monthly meter fee for natural gas service from AmerenMissouri is currently $15.00 per month. Add on the sales tax / usage fee rate of 8.25%- looking at $16.24 monthly or $194.88 annually, before any gas whatsoever is used.

The gas rate mentioned in the article,$0.67 per CCF (hundred cubic feet) is quite attractive - equating to about $6.57 per million BTU.

If Ameren's proposed electric rate increase is approved in its entirety - will result in an 8.03 cents/KWH charge on the first 750 KWH and 5.32 cents/KWH over 750 KWH.

The 293.1 KWH it takes to make one-million BTU energy equivalent will cost between $15.59 and $23.54, depending on where one's monthly usage ends up relative to the 750 KWH pricing break. The proposed monthly electric meter fee is $12.00, plus some miscellaneous add-ons for low-income and energy-efficiency programs. See here for details - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/CommonCompon...

The typical efficiency of a gas furnace is about 80 percent, with extremes of about 65% for old (1970s vintage) units and the super-efficient models sold today approaching 97%. For the 'typical' furnace, this suggests out of every 5 BTU of gas purchased or metered, 4 will be converted to usable heat, the remaining 1 BTU will be exhausted out the flue.

The accepted efficiency of an electric furnace or other electric resistance heat sources such as baseboards or space heaters is 100%. Heat pumps are able to push that efficiency into the 200-350% range, meaning that for each BTU's worth of electric input, two to three-and-a-half times that BTU heat is output.

If money is the deciding factor, suggest one question on converting from gas to electric heat is whether one will save enough off the gas meter fees to make up the difference, including conversion and subsequent fuel costs?

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