Electric heat in homes is a tough sell in Montana

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Real Estate Agent with Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN

The resale value on homes with electric heat is a big problem in Montana.  People are very scared of the electric bills, especially when they hear claims of bills for a 2,000 square foot home at $300 per month or more during the winter. 

About the only all electric homes that seem to do well, are those that have heat pumps with propane tanks for back up heat when it gets really cold.  The electric ground source heat pumps are actually more efficient and a much better value for home resales.

We didn't always have this issue, and in fact, there are many parts of our rural community that were served by the Rural Co-op Electric system, at very good rates!  Many homes in these areas were built with either electric baseboard heat or electric radiant heat which eliminated the need for duck work unless air conditioning was also installed.

high electric billsMany of the homes with electric heat just won't sell, unless the price is so low that a buyer can convert to some type of gas forced air or gas hot water heat system. 

Another option has been the installation of wood, pellet and gas stoves, none of which need the expensive ductwork.  When natural gas service is not available, people can purchase or rent propane tanks and service their gas heaters with a fuel that varies greatly in price during the seasons.  Most people choose to have 1,000 gallon tanks and make the fuel purchase sometime in the summer months when fuel is usually the least expensive.

If you have a home that is all electric, you can consider calling your local Rural Electric Service Co-op and ask them if they have any recommendations for conversion in your particular area.  At times there are rebates, by the Co-op's, by the State of Montana and in the recent year, the Federal Government.

It is also possible to get a low cost loan from some rural development resources that can help to finance the conversion, mostly for folks who are in a lower income bracket and live outside of city limits.

To sell your all electric home, you must compare it's selling price to other homes with all electric heat rather than other homes with more economical heat systems.  There are lots of things you can do to reduce the monthly electric bills.

If you need some help with finding out more information about this issue, just email me and I'll help answer some questions.

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Bill Pohl
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I have electric heat in Cincinnati and I am afraid to open my utility bill every month. December was $400 and I can't wait to see January. I am working for Duke Energy.

January 18, 2011 11:42 PM #1
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Wanda, good localism post and nice of you to help answer questions about converting an all electric home.

January 19, 2011 07:33 PM #2
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Jen Bowman
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Wanda, Here in metro Atlanta, I've had people asking for homes with all electric although I prefer gas heat and cooking. I wouldn't have thought about an all electric home being a tougher sale.  I love hearing about the regional differences.

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Wanda, Great post and yes a real hard sell if an area has long cold winters.  They are hard sells here also. 

Stay warm.
Gloria

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