Floorplans and Heat
I am wondering what is the most - or least effecient home floorplan for energy usage.
I am prompted by ever skyrocketing heat utility bills in my single level 3000 sq ft ranch home in Denver. Although my energy USAGE year over year continues to go down with continual improvements to insulation, heating system, weatherstripping, etc, the actual dollar cost is approaching astronomical limits with $400-$500 monthly bills not uncommon. In part I can thank my local energy company for their constant price increases, but when I compare my bills to others in this area with similar sq footage, I am shocked at how high my costs are.
My conclusion has led me to believe that it just isn't very cost-effective to heat a single-level (no basement, no 2nd floor) home as compared to a multi-level home where some of the heat from the lower levels can flow to the upper levels. Any Comments? Or should I continue to pursue more efficient heat and insulation options?