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Oil-Fired vs. Electric Water Heaters

Date: October 16, 2023

Generating hot water with heating oil is efficient and reliable.

water heaters boston, ma Many of the homeowners we talk to in the greater Boston area don’t realize how much of their annual energy costs are related to their water heaters. The average U.S. household uses nearly one-fifth of its energy for heating water.

If you have an old or inefficient water heater, there’s a good chance you’re using too much energy for inadequate hot water. It’s little wonder that customers often ask us if they should be exploring different energy sources for their hot water generation. The experts at Cubby Oil & Energy can help you determine if an oil-fired or electric water heater is the better value.

Comparing traditional water heaters

A traditional water heater heats water in a tank for use throughout the home. These products are what many people envision when they imagine a standard water heater. How do you compare traditional water heaters powered by heating oil versus electricity?

The best way to do this is by comparing the recovery rates, which tell you how much water the unit can heat in one hour. Electric water heaters have recovery rates that hover around 20 gallons, but oil-fired systems can have rates of over 100 gallons!

This means you can generate more hot water quickly and use less fuel. A major reason for this difference in efficiency is how much more heat energy you get from oil. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, one gallon of heating oil can yield roughly 138,500 Btu! How does electricity compare? If you want that number of Btu from the electric grid, you’ll need about 41 kilowatt-hours.

Unparalleled efficiency with indirect-fired water heaters

Would you like virtually unlimited hot water from your oil-fired water heater? An indirect-fired water heater is a fantastic solution, and it also lowers your energy use. These systems use heat from your oil-fired boiler to generate hot water. A heat exchanger filled with fluid uses your boiler to warm up the water. By pairing an indirect-fired water heater with a high-efficiency oil-fired boiler, you can enjoy some of the lowest-cost hot water generation possible!

Cubby has a hot water solution for you!

Oil-fired water heaters can generate hot water far more efficiently than electric units, and the licensed technicians at Cubby Oil & Energy can help you with your hot water needs.

If your water heater is over 10 years old, it’s likely approaching the end of its service life. It’s essential that you plan ahead. If you wait too long, your current unit might fail, and you’ll be without hot water until we can secure replacement equipment.

The Cubby team performs countless water heater installations . We pride ourselves on finding the perfect oil-fired product for each unique household. We’re also always available for your water heater repair and maintenance needs.

Let Cubby help you find a new water heater that extends your hot showers and lowers your energy costs. Drop us a line to get started.

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