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Old 02-15-2011, 03:30 PM   #16
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My shop is propane, along with the house hot water. I always pre-buy in Aug./Sep.

Last winter: $1.45/gallon
This winter: $1.69/gallon


Oil heat in house:
Oct. '09: 2.24/gallon
Oct. '10: 2.59/gallon
Feb. '10: 2.99/gallon


We have a 500 gal. tank, and have always made it through the year on one oil fill, but with an bambino in the house now, that's no longer the case.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:17 PM   #17
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After taxes and service fees gas is $1.05 a therm and electric is 9 cents. Last month was very cold, below freezing for highs and several sub zero mornings. Heating bill for 1000 square foot home was $70. We keep the thermostat at 68 to sleep, 65 at work and 73 the rest of the time. Double pane windows with storms and roughly R45 in the attic. Walls are the weak spot with only R4 but that will get corrected this summer.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:21 PM   #18
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I paid 40 pence per litre for heating oil this year. Got single glazed windows and solid stone 2ft thick walls. It's hard to get the temperature up to 70f in the evening when it's below freezing outside.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:44 PM   #19
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I paid 40 pence per litre for heating oil this year. Got single glazed windows and solid stone 2ft thick walls. It's hard to get the temperature up to 70f in the evening when it's below freezing outside.
C'mon another mason that's too lazy to build himself a fireplace in his own home????

Stu, I really think your home was meant to be heated with a wood fire.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:06 PM   #20
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You are quite right Joe, it should have a woodburner, but the house insurance would be really high with my type of roof. Here's a photo my daughter took in December of the icicles outside her room. As you can see there's a lot of stuff up there to catch fire easily. Most of the thatches round here that go up in smoke are caused by woodburners.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:10 PM   #21
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OK then, that certainly makes sense. I'd have to assume it originally was heated with wood due to it's age. Did it always have the thatch roof? Was it just something they had no other choice on years ago, and you just had to take the chance?
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:53 PM   #22
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Mississauga Ontario Canada

Natural Gas=13.7818cents/M3( plus delivery,trans,.Cust. Charge=$50) Month

Elect Power.3 levels of rates,increasing as you use more. Plus Delivery,Debt retirement charges,Regulatory.=$90 (2 months.)

kWh=$0.065
' =$0.075
' =$0.064

Cost in a 1000Sq Ft Semi detached house, per month.

Gas Heating & Water (winter) $85
Electric (winter)$100 Summer with A/c=$130.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:20 PM   #23
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I have a 1100 square foot house, I keep the heat at around 15C and bring it around 18-20C if I'm home excluding when I'm sleeping... basically, it's at 15C 90% of the time.

With natural gas, bill is around 100 bucks per month or so with equal billing plan. last year I actually got a huge discount at the start of the heating season as I had overpaid previously. Same thing will probably happen this year. They basically waved like 3 bills in a row.

And wow at those icicles. Time to add more insulation in there. :P
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:43 PM   #24
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I'm on even-pay, so every month's bill is the same. I pay $75 per month to the electric company, and $75 per month to the utility company (pays for gas, water, sewer, garbage). $150 per month for everything. Right now I have a $375 credit with the utility company & $275 credit with the electric company.

My wife & I live in a 4400 sq ft 2-1/2 story brick house, built in 1928. Because our kids are grown, we have 3 of the 4 bedrooms closed off unless they're visiting. I've super-insulated and sealed everything, and we have a high efficiency furnace. However, we leave the thermostat set at 70 degrees (programmable thermostat saved us nothing, because of plaster walls).


The bottom line is that I feel pretty darned good about our cost of heat & utilities.
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I'm on even-pay, so every month's bill is the same. I pay $75 per month to the electric company, and $75 per month to the utility company (pays for gas, water, sewer, garbage). $150 per month for everything. Right now I have a $375 credit with the utility company & $275 credit with the electric company.

My wife & I live in a 4400 sq ft 2-1/2 story brick house, built in 1928. Because our kids are grown, we have 3 of the 4 bedrooms closed off unless they're visiting. I've super-insulated and sealed everything, and we have a high efficiency furnace. However, we leave the thermostat set at 70 degrees (programmable thermostat saved us nothing, because of plaster walls).


The bottom line is that I feel pretty darned good about our cost of heat & utilities.
If it wasn't for the tornadoes rolling through the state like clockwork, I might have retired there for the utility costs.
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If it wasn't for the tornadoes rolling through the state like clockwork, I might have retired there for the utility costs.
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Hahaha! Yeah, that's the common perception.

Here's a weird deal though... I live up in NorthEast Omaha. It's is extremely hilly and rugged. It's also pretty close to the Missouri River. As a result, virtually all the really nasty thunderstorms actually kind of "jump" the river, and miss us. I can't begin to count how many times severe weather has nipped West Omaha, then jumped and touched down again about 10-15 miles into Iowa. We're left smiling.


And actually, our utility costs are fairly high (though not as high as NYC or the like). It's the paying attention to details that save us. For instance, I have a brother-in-law & his family living in a rental house. It's a nice 1500 sa ft, 3-bedroom split-level house that I've insulated heavily, and installed a high efficiency furnace, central ac, and water heater.

Even so, they pay more than we do for all their utilities. I finally got tired of telling him to close the storm windows in the winter...

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Hahaha! Yeah, that's the common perception.

Here's a weird deal though... I live up in NorthEast Omaha. It's is extremely hilly and rugged. It's also pretty close to the Missouri River. As a result, virtually all the really nasty thunderstorms actually kind of "jump" the river, and miss us. I can't begin to count how many times severe weather has nipped West Omaha, then jumped and touched down again about 10-15 miles into Iowa. We're left smiling.


And actually, our utility costs are fairly high (though not as high as NYC or the like). It's the paying attention to details that save us. For instance, I have a brother-in-law & his family living in a rental house. It's a nice 1500 sa ft, 3-bedroom split-level house that I've insulated heavily, and installed a high efficiency furnace, central ac, and water heater.

Even so, they pay more than we do for all their utilities. I finally got tired of telling him to close the storm windows in the winter...
You're beating a dead horse trying to enlighten a brother-in-law.
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You're beating a dead horse trying to enlighten a brother-in-law.
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He's a musician. What can I say? Great guy, but much better at counter meters than money.
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Anyone have a good way/formula to compare natural gas heat to electric heat per btu or whatever is a fair comparison.
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Anyone have a good way/formula to compare natural gas heat to electric heat per btu or whatever is a fair comparison.
I'd be curious to see that too. Honestly though, I think there are just too many variable involved to make a good comparison.
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