View Poll Results: how are you heating your home

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  • Heating Oil

    2 4.08%
  • Natural Gas

    18 36.73%
  • Propane

    8 16.33%
  • Heat Pump, other Electric

    10 20.41%
  • Fireplace

    2 4.08%
  • Kerosene

    1 2.04%
  • Solar

    1 2.04%
  • Geothermal

    0 0%
  • What?! It gets cold in the winter?

    3 6.12%
  • Woodstove, Pelletstove

    3 6.12%
  • Other

    1 2.04%
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  1. #21
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    I live in a condo. The units to the east and west block the wind and the garage is on the the north. The southern exposure has a big window. The gas furnace hardly ever runs as the heat bleeds in from the adjoining units and the sun keeps the living room toasty. Right now, the furnace is set at 68 and the temp is reading 72. High 20's outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    ...I prefer a cute blonde, and an extra blanket...
    Jean's a slim brunette, but otherwise I agree completely, and even with toasty-warm me next to her she needs the extra blanket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dourdave View Post
    I live in a motorhome with a poodle named "Charley". There are two roof-mounted A/C-Heat Pumps and two Propane furnaces. No cute blond for me so I use the furnaces at night. Runs about $50 a Winter month here in the Tampa Bay area.
    I expect your propane furnaces cost a bunch less than Jeff's blond.

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    The wife and I were fine with cuddling and blankets for the last few years. But now with the new baby, we need to keep her room warm along with all the rooms where she will be crawling. That damn gas furnace will be earning its due this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    We use Propane. I built our home so it is well insulated. I am hoping Propane will follow the drop in Oil prices as it was getting pretty tough to pay for last year.
    I just paid 2.79 a gallon to fill my 100 gallon propane tank...
    "bing bang boom! hair out...hamburger time" - William Murderface

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    Quote Originally Posted by js View Post
    I just paid 2.79 a gallon to fill my 100 gallon propane tank...
    We used around 1500 gallons last year at or near your price (500 gal. tank topped off monthly). If the price doesn't drop I will have to add a wood burner to the place. We live surrounded by a National forest so wood availability is not a problem. My old bones however don't like the wood alternative.

    Stay warm, shoot straight and by all means have fun.


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    I voted ELECTRIC. But I also have a built in wood fireplace I use on the REALLY COLD DAYS.....

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    Natural gas central furnace. The smartest thing I've done lately is bringing our 1978 house up to 2007 energy standards. With rebates from the power company, we spent about $1,200 to increase our attic insulation from about R-3 to R-thirtysomething (I think R-39). Combined with blocking an old unused stovepipe chase that used to be open to the attic, our heating bills in the winter have dropped in half.

    My dad, on the other hand, heats his house in Coos Bay, Oregon, with a single big woodstove in the living room. He cuts, splits, stacks and burns about 10 cords a year. He just turned 73. His wood costs him nothing because he owns 4 acres of forest and gets a "down wood" pass from the local state forest. He owns a 4x4 Ford Ranger and a trailer that is his wood gathering system. He has his own water (gravity fed) and septic, so if he didn't use electricity he would be off the grid.

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    We've got the electric heat going on. But I'm one of these crazy people who heats very little anyway. I don't think it gets cold enough to justify it here, so my heat is always way down. I've been argued with about this in the past... but hey, I like being cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustRick View Post
    ...My dad, on the other hand, heats his house in Coos Bay, Oregon, with a single big woodstove in the living room. He cuts, splits, stacks and burns about 10 cords a year...
    Yup.
    Wood heats you twice: Once when you cut, split, and stack it, and again when you burn it.
    I envy your dad. I'm only 70, and I'm already way past my cutting, splitting, and stacking days.
    Damn' arthritis!

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    NWS Billings, MT
    Point Forecast: 2 Miles ESE Billings MT
    45.79N 108.5W (Elev. 3198 ft) En Espaol
    Last Update: 9:22 am MST Dec 11, 2008
    Forecast Valid: 11am MST Dec 11, 2008-6pm MST Dec 17, 2008



    Today


    Slight Chc
    Snow
    Hi 39F Tonight


    Partly
    Cloudy
    Lo 25F Friday


    Mostly
    Sunny
    Hi 44F Friday
    Night

    Slight Chc
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    Lo 28F Saturday


    Snow
    Likely
    Hi 32F Saturday
    Night

    Snow
    Likely
    Lo -7F Sunday


    Chance
    Snow
    Hi -1F Sunday
    Night

    Chance
    Snow
    Lo -15F Monday


    Slight Chc
    Snow
    Hi -5

    Guess it is time to turn the heat on!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buck32 View Post
    NWS Billings, MT
    Point Forecast: 2 Miles ESE Billings MT
    45.79N 108.5W (Elev. 3198 ft) En Espaol
    Last Update: 9:22 am MST Dec 11, 2008
    Forecast Valid: 11am MST Dec 11, 2008-6pm MST Dec 17, 2008



    Today


    Slight Chc
    Snow
    Hi 39F Tonight


    Partly
    Cloudy
    Lo 25F Friday


    Mostly
    Sunny
    Hi 44F Friday
    Night

    Slight Chc
    Snow
    Lo 28F Saturday


    Snow
    Likely
    Hi 32F Saturday
    Night

    Snow
    Likely
    Lo -7F Sunday


    Chance
    Snow
    Hi -1F Sunday
    Night

    Chance
    Snow
    Lo -15F Monday


    Slight Chc
    Snow
    Hi -5

    Guess it is time to turn the heat on!!!!!!!
    You might put on a long sleeve shirt before deciding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    You might put on a long sleeve shirt before deciding.


    I think I am going to stay in bed those days, with my wife of course. Oh, darn, she has to go to work

    TOF,

    I saw on one of your posts that you mentioned negative degrees. Where in AZ does it get that cold?

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