You heat your home with electricity generated by a coal-fired power plant. Because energy from the coal is lost in the production and distribution of the electricity, it would be more efficient to just burn the coal in your home (although certainly less convenient!). How much less coal would you need to burn if you heated your home directly with coal, instead of using electricity generated from coal? You would need about

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well since you can only heat your home/water with it and your home stove is less efficient than say the zero-emmisions one in gillete WY. and the distribution cost placed on top of that. you would pay more than the coal-made-electricity. plus you would burn more for the same effect. and coal decomposes in oxygen so that's not EPA condoned anymore. so the answer is. . . none. its more advantageous to just use the electricity

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