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Thread: Heating Bills

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjaneky View Post
    We were fortunate enough to have a wood burning furnace installed out back, dh still has to cut and bring the wood to the house but once we have it all set up...this keeps our whole house warm and heats our hot water as well. Living on a farm makes getting the wood a little easier as well. We are total electric...the only problem is if the power goes out...the fans can't blow the warm air thru the house, but we also have a back up generator.. So far our highest bill has still been under $200... and we keep the heat on at 76 to 78....this is our 2nd year with the furnace and i love it...
    That's what we have too. I don't remember how long we've had it but the novelty of a lower bill never wears off. lol. We get free wood from FIL's woods which helps a ton. Ours isn't hooked up to our water heater though. Our current one is electric so I'm not sure if it can be hooked up to it.

    I've heard of people hooking them up to the dryer too. Ours is electric.

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    I agree with Snooze2978 about feeling sorry for my wild birds and critters. I'm seeing less of them. Hopefully they're not dead. All I can do is keep putting out their food and pray for the warmer weather.
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    We lowered the thermostat and added layers and wrap up in afghans to watch TV, though I always did this as I love the cuddly feeling. We just broke a record for the coldest winter since 1915/1916. Last night was -27. Propane shortage up this way but we are lucky to have natural gas. In town they are told to leave the water running since Dec. Lots of snow has helped protect septic systems.

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    Our bill was $305.00 this month, last month it was $324.00. We heat a 1628 sq.ft. house, a 24 x 30 shop and the garage. The dogs all have heated houses and when it is really cold they sleep in the shop or the garage.
    The house is all electric, our saving grace is the 6" insulated exterior walls and ceiling as well as the floor. We had a heat pump installed shortly after moving in. It saves us a lot on heating/cooling this house
    We insulated the shop extremely well also.
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    We are enrolled in Budget Billing and yet when the bill comes it varies from month to month and they only read the meter twice a year in the summer.....Another rip-off.

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    We have resorted to wearing layers; sometimes an undershirt, turtleneck and two sweatshirts. Since we spend most of our time in the living room, we have turned the thermostat down and have an electric space heater for this room. I have a separate thermostat for my basement sewing which holds the heat well. The electric is expensive, but not at much as oil. When we moved here about 15 years ago, oil was $.69/gal. Now it runs close to $4. -- We are thinking of moving South. Our winter here is PA has been cold and snowy. We are expecting between 3 and 9 more inches this evening. It has already started. It is beautiful when it is new and pure white. It is just when it mixes with cinders or stones and looks so ugly and just lays along the roads, etc.

    The locals plow to a vacant area at the lower end of our lot and in the spring we have piles of little stones which we try to remove before cutting season. It has been suggested we use the shop vac to remove same. This would save a lot of back-breaking work. BUT spring and summer cannot come fast enough!!!

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    Cold in Iowa too used to cost around $300 to heat my house (28x54) we built in 1974 insulated around the basement walls with 1" styrofoam. locals thought we were crazy. Well turned out not so crazy., This year cost will be around $800 for the season. summer fill was $1.35 gal Dec was $2.01 still have about 35% hope it lasts through the month of March. Stay warm.

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    We keep our temp at 65 during the day and 63 at night. You'd think that would really help with the bill but it's a lot higher this year. I wear so many layers I can hardly move sometimes and nothing helps my hands. Some days I have to use the hand warmers that hunters use. Makes us hearty as my dad would say. At 63 I want to be comfortable and not hearty!!!
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    I don't know what they expect people to do. 100 gal of propane usually lasts me a year, only heat with it in the wintertime. I filled up in December at 237.00 The tank is almost in the red now and they told me it would cost me $400 plus tax for the next 100. I don't have it. That is over half my monthly income. I was told by my. I wish Spring would get here like yesterday!!!

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    We are on propane and on a level pay, have been paying $94 monthly, it has not gone up to $218 monthly. I am glad we can pay bill, but I think it is a crock. Someone is supposed to be investigating price gouging in our state, but I doubt we hear any more about it. It is a shame what happens when you are on a fixed income.

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    It will be over soon! The last snow for last nite was none existing!

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    Winters are predicted to keep getting colder and longer. It's time to insulate your house for extreme cold or move if you are having trouble with the cold and costs now.
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    As I mentioned I'm on a budget plan here in Iowa and I love it. I also keep my thermostat stat around 69 during the day on the 1st floor, 62 upstairs in the bedrooms all the time and in the basement around 70 all the time as that's where I park my carcass during the day. When the temps start to get cold I live in my long john tops and sweat pants with usually a thin flannel buttoned shirt I found at the Thrift Store. While watching TV with the kitties I have a lap quilt over my legs plus the kitties to keep me warm and I usually have to turn the thermostat down to 62 by then. Their body heat keeps me warm. I purchased goose down blankets for all the beds when I first moved up here as I'm from Florida and thought I'd get too cold at night. These blankets keep me toasty the entire night to the point of sweating so I've gotten my money's worth from them. Again I love my budget planning as I'm on a pension and have to make it last the full month. Even with this cold, cold winter we've had I'd never return to Florida with the bugs, humidity and hurricanes.
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    Ours hasn't been too bad. We moved from rural to city and had a wood stove, now we have gas. What a difference! Still, I like being in town and being close to the things we need to get to.
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    Our heating bill is higher (this Ohio, no surprise) but we've had 2 things happen in this house that have NEVER happened before. We've had the house for 33 years and never had a frozen pipe. My husband resorted to cutting a hole in the drywall - it worked! We're thinking about putting a door similar to what's on the kitchen cupboards to keep one on super subzero nights

    Last week I heard a noise like someone was here, but the dogs didn't get up, very unusual for them. There was no one on the back porch so I just figured I was hearing things. A few days later we noticed one of our windows was broken. There was snow below it and no footprints so we just figured the cold broke it! I honestly never heard of such a thing.
    We're going to worry about it in the spring because it's double paned and only the outer pane was shattered. The screen was holding the glass on the outside and the other pane was holding it on the inside.
    We got all new windows 20 or so years ago, and they have argon gas between the 2 panes. My argon escaped!

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    Yup the cold weather and rising prices are effecting everyone.. We have propane.. and we also have a huge indoor fireplace that heats the house as the fireplace has blowers that push the heat throughout the house.. Pretty neat idea.. If we lose power we have our generator but we also have a back up Propane stove/oven in the basement ( its used for canning ) or a very bad LONG power outage.. I guess with every power outage, ice storm, winter blizzard we learn something new to 'have' for the next time..

    We have gone thru sooo much wood this winter, thank goodness we have acres and acres of trees so teh wood is relatively free but its a lot of hard work chopping and splitting.... But the alternative is a heck of a lot worse... I chose HEAT !!


    stay warn everyone.. and stay safe..

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    I've always lived in town with natural gas. I moved to the country in Sept. with propane heat, stove, water heater. The tank was filled in Sept. The propane co. automatically checks the level when they're in the area. Since then, I've had 2 fill-ups, 160 gal in Jan. at $2.53/gal, last week, 268 gal. at $3.63--$1450 total. Heat is at 62 while I'm at work and at night. 69 when I'm home and I'm still cold, even though I wear longjohns and a sweatshirt. I have a small electric space heater for my sewing room--at least I'm comfortable in there.

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    We heat with wood, and we've gone through a lot of it this winter!
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