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Old 02-17-2011, 01:04 PM   #46
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one big advantange I see so far, doesnt have anything to do with geo, but having a slab with in floor heat can also cut the costs. It has warmed to mid 20's to 30's the last week or so and the heat has only kicked on once for about 10 min. I really like that!

Southern MN and Northern MN - 2 different worlds for cold! But both suck!
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:29 PM   #47
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one big advantange I see so far, doesnt have anything to do with geo, but having a slab with in floor heat can also cut the costs. It has warmed to mid 20's to 30's the last week or so and the heat has only kicked on once for about 10 min. I really like that!

Southern MN and Northern MN - 2 different worlds for cold! But both suck!
You got that right!

Southern MN doesn't get as cold, but it's more humid and the danged wind is ALWAYS blowing!
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:27 PM   #48
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Gotcha! I wondered if you were talking Minnesota. We lived in Southern Minnesota for close to 20 years, and it was extremely harsh with the relentless wind.

So your payback sounds fantastic. Great to hear!
In PA, people can spend under $100 a month with a geothermal system. But first, you need to spend $10,000 to dig and $10,000 on the equipment. You can maybe halve it with tax breaks.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:57 PM   #49
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I envy some of you guys with your heating bills. I am in New Brunswick with a 2200sq ft house (1100 x 2 floors). There are only 2 of us in the house and only heat a few rooms and our winter bills are $350-$400 (electric heat but also includes all other electricity, lights, appliances, etc)

Here is a breakdown of how my bill looks. This was for the month of December.

Monthly Service Charge - $19.73
Charges for Electricity Used - $308.60 (3,133kwh x $9.85 cents)
Dusk to Dawn ligthing - $13.16
Water Heater Rental - $6.02
Taxes - $45.18

Grand Total = $392.69

Now in the summer months, I don't have A/C so the monthly bill is usually $120...sounds like my heat costs are through the roof. I think the main culprit would be my windows and possibly insulation. The house is 24 years old and the windows are the originals. On a cold windy day, I can definitely feel a slight draft coming through. I am not sure on the type of insulation that is between the walls.

I did install programmable thermostats about a couple of weeks ago but due to the gaps above...I am wondering if they will even make a difference. I notice that if the thermostat is reading 18 degrees and I bump it up to 21 degrees, the temp will only change another degree or so. I don't think the thermostats are faulty...I just think I am loosing heat.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:02 PM   #50
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You're still spending less than I am in a much colder zone with similar floor space. I think part of my problem is that my addition is only one story, so I have a lot of roof space to lose heat. If I had one big two (well, 2.5) story house, at least all the heat on the first floor would travel to the second floor before entering the attic and finally leaving the house.
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