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How do you heat your home?

I am looking for an alternative, we have propane and it gets expensive. its 700 to 900 for 300 gallons. Depending on fuel prices, So was thinking someone might have a solution, and going all natural gas is not an option.


Asked by kileighsmommie at 9:05 AM on Nov. 1, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • I feel your pain. We have a 400 gallon tank that hasn't been filled in 2 years because we don't have the $1800 to fill it (and they won't do payments). We have 2 woodstoves though. One downstairs in the basement, and that heats 1/2 the house. The other was inserted into the fireplace in the living room. So only 2 rooms don't benefit from the woodstoves - my bedroom and the schoolroom. So we have 2 small electric heaters for those rooms. We buy 2-3 cords of wood a year ($65 per cord) and our electric bill is a lot lower than our friends who have all electric heat.

    Answer by momof3inTN at 9:58 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • Have you looked into going with an electric furnace? We had this with a heat pump when we lived in the country and it was much less expensive then using propane.

    Answer by scout_mom at 9:09 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • We have a furnace.

    Answer by baby1love at 9:26 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • We have a boiler (heated by natural gas) with baseboard heating because that's what the house came with, but if we had our choice, we'd install a wood furnace. It is much cheaper & sustainable to heat your home with wood.

    A friend of ours just has fireplaces & he buys 4 cords of wood at the beginning of winter and that's it for his heating costs. His home still has the same heating oil in the tank as it did the first year he moved in because he says it's too expensive to burn! (but it's there for "just in case").

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 9:38 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • We have electic space heaters (in the walls).  There are 5 in the house (one in each living room and in each of the 3 bedrooms).  They are all individualy controlled so we only turn them on when we need them.  So far our electic bill has been around $85/month but we just moved here this summer and it's only been cold enough to turn on the heat for about a week.  Our electric bill will probably be around $100 something a month over the winter.


    Answer by justanotherjen at 12:08 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • We switched to cordwood a few years ago from oil. It cut our heating costs in half. We switched to wood pellets this year because it is a lot more convenient. We have to fill it every day or two instead of every few hours. It is a little more expensive than cordwood but a lot less than fossil fuels.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 12:20 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • We just use electricity. I also use small ceramic heaters until it just gets down right cold and have to turn on heat

    Answer by arenad at 9:11 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • we have steam heat but use it on occasion. we use mainly our wood pellet stove and love it.

    Answer by stargazer74 at 10:26 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • We have gas heat but you could maybe do a fireplace or wood burning stove, electric fireplaces are very cool looking also. You could get some wall space heaters, corn stove

    Answer by Moms_Angels1960 at 5:11 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • LOL we have a furnace too. Its just a bit on the cash to run.


    Comment by kileighsmommie (original poster) at 12:09 AM on Nov. 2, 2010