How much will you pay for heat this winter?

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How much will you pay for heat this winter?

Although this is not a repair or service question, I think it relates to DIYers for obvious reasons.
How many now use propane, fuel oil, kerosene, or natural gas to heat their homes? Also, how much are you paying for those fuels? Have you considered switching over to electric/heat pump units? And finally, how much do you think those fossil fuel sources are going to cost this heating season?
Is anyone as worried about the cost of heating as I?
What interesting alternatives have you thought about i.e. solar, wind, photovoltaic, etc...
 
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I'll be at $130 for every thing.
 
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Old 08-08-08, 03:51 PM
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Jeez Airman..what?... 500 sq ft cabin with the meter bypassed 2 weeks out of the month?

Solar heating out here in the winter, open the blinds early and get every last drop of sunshine...but I still run $150-160 in the winter.

We don't talk about summer costs. Ok I will ...bout $200 this time of year for electric, gas is maybe $25 if we have visitors.

Thinking about solar hot water...need to do a little more research on the DIY side.
 
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Old 08-08-08, 09:43 PM
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I run about 120 in the summer at 73 inside temp. Oh winter price might be low because we have not had winter since they went up so might be $150 every 30 days.
 
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Just switched from oil to gas, I'm hoping with the new windows, new furnace and water heater and new front door, I will be paying a LOT less than last year!
 
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Originally Posted by stepcuz View Post
Just switched from oil to gas, I'm hoping with the new windows, new furnace and water heater and new front door, I will be paying a LOT less than last year!
Don't bet on it! Although you've made some good improvements to your home with new windows and door, escalating gas costs are projected to create gas bills up to 50% higher than last year -- at least that's what my local gas provider is saying. They are using informative inserts in the monthly gas bills to forewarn customers to be aware that gas costs are rising (what isn't?? ) and bills can be expected to be significantly higher for the same gas usage.
 
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It will be hard for me to estimate for this winter. I just replaced a 10 year old 90% furnace that had a bad heat exchanger, which caused two chambers to roll out, with a new Bryant 355AV so hopefully that will help reduce the gas I use.

The natural gas here is now $9.15/DT at that rate based on the highest amount I used last year I would expect to pay 133.46 plus taxes. so probably about 150. I think I heard that the gas company was approved to raise the rate again in October.

We will see what happens.
 
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Is there any sort of calculations or charts that can be used to determine where the cost of heating with gas and the cost of heating with electricity cross. Or in other words what would the cost of gas have to rise to to make electricity more efficient or vise versa.

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Is there any sort of calculations or charts that can be used to determine where the cost of heating with gas and the cost of heating with electricity cross. Or in other words what would the cost of gas have to rise to to make electricity more efficient or vise versa.

Jon
This is probably what you're looking for. You need Microsoft Excel to open it and adjust the numbers though.

Heating Fuel Comparison Calculator

www.eia.doe.gov/neic/experts/heatcalc.xls
 
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Thanks,

That is exactly what I was looking for.

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Thanks,

That is exactly what I was looking for.

Jon
Good

Maybe Open Office will also work on .xls files

http://www.openoffice.org/
 
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