What's a cheaper alternative to gas for heating your home?

We have had propane gas for 2.5 months now and it has cost us $600 +. We are in need of a fill up again. We are looking for something else because of the cost and the fact that we aren't happy with the heat. The house is well insulated but we still get cold. We only have 1200sqft. Does anyone know of any good electric heaters or other heating source that you could recommend? Thanks.


Asked by aerocrombiester at 12:20 AM on Jan. 26, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • Either get a central heating and air system which runs cheaper than that. That's outrageous!
    Or get a wood heater. We have had a wood heater for years now and our bill runs about $160 a month.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:22 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • Doesn't having a wood heater in the home raise your homeowner's insurance?

    The upper level in my home only has one heating vent so it stays chilly up there throughout the winter. We use an electric space heater and it heats it up nicely. I think we spent about $40 for it at Wal-Mart.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 12:29 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • We have a wood pellet stove that works pretty well. Our house is about 1200 sq ft too. We spend $200 on 50 bags of pellets, which lasts right around 50 days. (We normally use a bag a day, depending on how cold it is) I know people that have corn stoves too that work really well. But the price of corn has gone up, so I'm not sure about how much that would be. The pellet stove is a lot like a wood stove, just a loss less messy!

    Answer by mom2XandZ at 12:30 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • We have a pellet stove also and it works really well. We had to quit using our electric heaters for the house due to consistent high power bills. We had the stove installed about two years ago and we're very happy with how it heats the house.

    Answer by AuntieM at 3:29 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • You could ask Celebrity Handyman Anthony Gilardi from HGTV this question. He answers questions for CafeMoms every other week in Home & Garden Buzz. He's really awesome.

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    Answer by Cafe Sheri at 9:03 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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