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.
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.
Stay warm, shoot straight and by all means have fun.
I voted ELECTRIC. But I also have a built in wood fireplace I use on the REALLY COLD DAYS.....
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.
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.
NWS Billings, MT
Point Forecast: 2 Miles ESE Billings MT
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Last Update: 9:22 am MST Dec 11, 2008
Forecast Valid: 11am MST Dec 11, 2008-6pm MST Dec 17, 2008
Hi 39°F Tonight
Lo 25°F Friday
Hi 44°F Friday
Lo 28°F Saturday
Hi 32°F Saturday
Lo -7°F Sunday
Hi -1°F Sunday
Lo -15°F Monday
Guess it is time to turn the heat on!!!!!!!