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    High heating bills?

    Just curious how everyones heating bills are this year. I own a stove and fireplace store and our business is down. I know the economy is playing havic but still...We sell mostly corn and pellet stoves and fireplaces. They really do a good job heating and are much more cost effective comparable to propane and natural gas. Wood stoves would be our next best seller but not for me. There is no way I could cut wood by myself since David got MS. And it sure wouldn't be cost effective if I had to buy the wood. Not trying to sell anyone anything just wondering how your bills are compared to last year, are you turning the heat down, do you heat with corn, pellet or wood?

    #2
    I use electric heat pump, and a wood stove. I have a small house (walk in the front door and you're in the backyard), so its fairly easy to heat my house. Our winter aint near as cold as that frosty-butt breezes ya'll get...

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      #3
      My place is 3 floors, my office in the cold basement--finished and central heat but frigid cold. Our heat is down low, 68. I am on budget billing where I pay a set amount every month. We have over $300 in credit right now but are not allowed to touch it until August. The set amount is almost $273 a month and I am fighting with the utility regarding getting out of the budget billing. In this state they turn off your heat, disabled, young children or not.

      I looked at pellet stoves but because we are a townhouse there is no way to have one. I worry about the smoke and ash with a kid with pulmonary issues. Do they burn clean?
      Every day I wake up is a good one

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        #4
        We usually burn shelled corn but this year the corn was really wet so we are burning pellets. Corn usually costs less than pellets. However some people do not have the ways to transport or store corn. Heating more than one floor with a corn/pellet stove is very hard to do. Some of our customers use their furnace fan only to help circulate the heat. Others say this doesn't work. I haven't tried it so I can't say one way or the other. Burning corn we will burn 150 bushel at around $3.50 a bushel to heat our 2300 sq. ft. home. (525) This is from Oct. to April. This year with the pellets I will end up burning about 4 ton of pellets at $$200 a ton.(800) we still use natural gas for our cook stove and hot water heater, plus our electricity is included in the same bill and runs around $90-120 a month. All pellet/corn stoves are sealed and allow no smoke to enter the home unless there is a problem, such as bad gasket or power outages. We have one unit which has a battery backup cable for power outages. They are also very safe with snap discs that shut the units off if a malfunction should happen. Ok - it is starting to sound like I am trying to sell to you all but honestly I am not. I can not ship anything and unless any of you come into my store, I promise I that's not why I started this thread.

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          #5
          This winter hasn't been all that bad with temps in the 40's and 50's. I am not going to be cold this year when the temps drop into the low thirties, so I am using about twice the heat I did last year. This year I can pay for it.

          We had one week where it was in the teens, but that is all over for now, but that bill is laying on my desk ready to be opened on monday. I don't want to know. I use my fireplace to warm up on sunday mornings when I make a big breakfast, but that is all.
          Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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            #6
            Heat

            We keep the house at about 67 or 68 depending, usually colder at night. Gas furance. My last bill was about 110 or so. Little low so far. Can go up to about 200
            What ever doesn't kill you makes you stronger

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              #7
              I would freeze at 67. We keep our stove set on 80, back rooms are about 77.

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                #8
                We have radiant floor heat which is fired by a LP boiler. We have been using 1200 gal. a year for the last 12 years. Thermostat is set at 77-78 from mid Sept. to about mid May and the water heater, kitchen stove, dryer are also LP so it all hinges on the price of LP. This year the price per gal. is up again.

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                  #9
                  Also keep in mind that if you have a SCI or MS and have poor temperature control, you may qualify for a special lower rate for both heating and cooling costs. It is not available in all circumstances, but often is, and generally just requires completion of a form and a signature by your physician. It can help a little.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by MSWIFE1 View Post
                    I would freeze at 67. We keep our stove set on 80, back rooms are about 77.
                    I can't go any lower than 21 Celsius or 70 Fahrenheit. Even at that, I'm dressed sweater and leg warmers at home. My place is on slab; an uninsulated slab so it's always cold.

                    My dream would be ground source heat pump and hydronic floor. Seven year payoff but warm and toasty.

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                      #11
                      We keep the heat at 68 during cold weather and about 70 in warm weather. We're in a small home right now and our heat/cooling is a heat pump all electric. I just got our electric bill and the total is $110, $122 with the outside security light. I expect it to be about twice that amount if we ever finish the house.

                      I usually have to wear a sweater, but I don't mind, I grew up that way. My dad kept the temp at 65.

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                        #12
                        In Florida its great, this time of year I dont need to run either the a/c or heat as it averages around 72 during the day and 59 @ night so my house stays around 70 degrees. Electric bill only runs around $40.00 per month. When I arrived here in October it was a different story, it was around 90 degrees outside and had to run the a/c a lot and it cost around $100.00 per month. We had a cold snap also back in December where it was getting as low as 25 degrees out at night and I had to run the heat a lot which is the most inefficient form of heat possible, electric with a blower. I've yet to see Decembers heating bill, but I'm willing to bet its around $150.00 at least. It was a 13 day cold snap and a lot my plants around the yard died from the freeze.
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                        the challenges you seek...If
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                          #13
                          We have oil heat, and keep it set at 68 during the day, and 60 or 65 at night. At that I am wearing at least 2 sweaters/sweatshirts, and possibly a blanket. If I am still shivering I will nudge it up to 70. Or bake something, and sit in the kitchen. LOTS of covers at night. (Summers, the ac if I need it, to keep the house around 76, but I only run that for around 30 days, off and on, during the summer.

                          I have considered one of those small heaters, that just heats the are you are sitting in .... but haven;t bought one yet. Anyone else use them to supplement the heat?
                          T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by sjean423 View Post
                            We have oil heat, and keep it set at 68 during the day, and 60 or 65 at night. At that I am wearing at least 2 sweaters/sweatshirts, and possibly a blanket. If I am still shivering I will nudge it up to 70. Or bake something, and sit in the kitchen. LOTS of covers at night. (Summers, the ac if I need it, to keep the house around 76, but I only run that for around 30 days, off and on, during the summer.

                            I have considered one of those small heaters, that just heats the are you are sitting in .... but haven;t bought one yet. Anyone else use them to supplement the heat?
                            I use to use something like this when I lived back north, it worked good. Put it next to the bed at night and when I'd leave the thermostat for the whole house @56 to save oil it would keep me warm at night. Then during the day I'd move it into the living room. Did not really jack up the electric bill too much as its only 1500 watts.

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                            "Life is about how you
                            respond to not only the
                            challenges you're dealt but
                            the challenges you seek...If
                            you have no goals, no
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                            soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                              #15
                              Hasn't cost me a dime this year so far. I burn coal and still using last years left overs. I keep the house at 75. Hopefully I have enough till end of may.
                              oh well

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