We live in a house built circa 1870 in Rockingham County VA. We have radiant heat with a hot water oil furnace. We are
interested in finding something to replace the oil tank because oil
prices are rising and I feel that oil is not very environmentally conscious. However we
are new to this and not sure if this is even an option. Does anyone
have any experience with this? Is it possible to get an electric water
heater for the radiators? (Our water heater is electric, fyi) We do not
necessarily want to get rid of the entire radiator system..but would
consider it if that makes the most sense. I have also heard that trying
to dispose of the oil tank is complicated...
Without debating best option, and oil prices, you could get an electric boiler. Unless its running or solar or wind, some kind of fossil fuel is going to need to be burned. (Virginia is coal country, no?)
Depending on who you listen to, oil prices are expected to stay the same, or even drop, nat gas is suppose to go up.....and up. Check out the article about old nat gas lines leaking more nat gas in New England then is being consumed.