Residential Energy Cost Comparison

The costs of various forms of energy are calculated in several different ways. This can make it difficult for consumers to compare the actual cost of the energy fuel they are using. The following information compares the retail prices of various forms of energy on an equal basis. 

Average BTU* content for various energy fuels:

 

 

Natural Gas 

 

100,000

Btu

per 

Therm

 

 

 

 

Kerosene

 

135,000

Btu

per 

Gallon

 

 

 

 

Propane Gas (LP)

 

91,500

Btu

per 

Gallon

 

 

 

 

Electricity 

 

3,413

Btu

per 

Kilowatt Hour

(KWH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount of fuel required to obtain one million Btu:

 

 

Natural Gas 

 

10

Therms

per

million Btu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerosene

 

7.4

Gallons

per

million Btu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Propane Gas (LP)

 

11

Gallons

per

million Btu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electricity 

 

293

KWH

per

million Btu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form of Energy

 

Units to obtain one million BTU

 

Substitute your present cost **

 

Cost per Million BTU

 

 

 

Natural Gas 

 

10

Therms

x

$1.11

(Heat Only Rate)

 

$11.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Gas 

 

10

Therms

x

$1.01

(Year Round Rate)

 

$10.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerosene

 

7.4

Gallons

x

$3.75

 

$27.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Propane Gas (LP)

 

11

Gallons

x

$3.50

 

$38.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electricity 

 

293

KWH

x

$0.085

 

$24.91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

Btu stands for British Thermal Unit.

 

 

**

Costs shown reflect local energy prices as of 

March 2014

 

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Revised: 4/8/2014