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    Quote Originally Posted by coposrv View Post
    78? Are you joking?
    I refuse to be uncomfortable in my own home, I am a big time energy waster. I keep the house at 78* in the winter, I run a room a/c unit in my bedroom year round, keeping it at 65deg so I can sleep. (I seal off the register in this room in winter) then I run a space heater in the bathroom to keep it hot in the mornings. I also use a towel warmer for my clothes in the morning. weird I know, but I HATE the cold, except when I sleep. even in the summer I have to sleep under a couple blankets, cant sleep with just a sheet.

    I cant imagine some of the bs rates you guys out east pay just to heat your home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeygrits View Post
    We have oil forced air and a pellet stove. Last year was a bad winter so we used 5 tons of pellets at 210 bucks a ton. We usually only buy the minimum 200 gallons of oil when the oil company sends out their discount card in the summer ever 3 years I think. Both of our 275 gallon oil tanks are sitting 3/4 full now. We usually only use oil if the pellet stove breaks, when we are leaving the stove cool to clean it, or if it gets down below around 15 degrees it kicks on to help the pellet stove. We keep the pellet stove thermostat around 72. Very warm heat. The air coming out of the front of the stove is so hot it will burn you at times when it's running full speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 97WHITEVENOM View Post
    I have heard it is like $7,000 or so?
    I thought it was more, but I'm honestly not sure. It would depend on how far the gas line has to be run and how much digging is needed. And then you have the cost to convert your baseboard radiator (hot water) system to a vented system. I have central air so I'm assuming I would just use the existing duct-work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BADASS03SVT View Post
    what size is your home and where is it located?
    I'll update the square footage. I forget. I live in SW Pennsylvania. Close to the highest point in the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CobraBob View Post
    I thought it was more, but I'm honestly not sure. It would depend on how far the gas line has to be run and how much digging is needed. And then you have the cost to convert your baseboard radiator (hot water) system to a vented system. I have central air so I'm assuming I would just use the existing duct-work.
    you can get natural gas boilers.

    I wish I had NG available but that is the price payed for living out in the country. I hate my oil heat, went to fire it up a few days ago and the thing sputtered out some white smoke out the stack and quit. I already had service coming Friday for general inspection tune up, but it got cold fast this year and I wanted to get some heat in the house. We are in the middle of a renovation so we don't need the heat to live there, but I wanted to make sure nothing was gonna freeze.

    I have been looking heavily into a pellet stove. Everyone who has them seems to rave about them.
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    I've got a 3000 square foot 2 story home that's heated by Propane. We have a 500 gallon in ground tank. Sometime around November last year we turned on the furnaces (2) and went through probably 1000 gallons of propane before turning off the heat in April.

    I'm looking at replacing the furnaces with new 2 stage units. The ones I have are 13 years old and builder grade.

    We kept our furnace at 72 through the winter.
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    1680 square ft house...electric heat pump with a gas fireplace (in the living room) up until last winter. This summer I replaced the POS unefficient gas fireplace with a pellet stove that is located in the unfinished basement. We'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXLightning75 View Post
    I've got a 3000 square foot 2 story home that's heated by Propane. We have a 500 gallon in ground tank. Sometime around November last year we turned on the furnaces (2) and went through probably 1000 gallons of propane before turning off the heat in April.

    I'm looking at replacing the furnaces with new 2 stage units. The ones I have are 13 years old and builder grade.

    We kept our furnace at 72 through the winter.
    If natural gas is not available in your area, take a hard look at high efficiency heat pumps. They will be cheaper to run than propane or oil. Not sure against pellet stoves that is not a real comparison.
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    Baseboard heat is notoriously inefficient. It's like trying to heat your house with an oven in each room.

    That being said, I didn't know they made gas/oil baseboard heat? I've only seen electric.

    I just bought my house 3 months ago, ( electric everything ) and have yet to go over $100 on my bill. The house was built in 2008, and from everything I can see the original owner built the house with top notch insulation from the ground up.


    I keep it 72* year round in my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLOWN PONY View Post
    Baseboard heat is notoriously inefficient. It's like trying to heat your house with an oven in each room.

    That being said, I didn't know they made gas/oil baseboard heat? I've only seen electric.

    I just bought my house 3 months ago, ( electric everything ) and have yet to go over $100 on my bill. The house was built in 2008, and from everything I can see the original owner built the house with top notch insulation from the ground up.


    I keep it 72* year round in my house.
    forced hot water baseboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcthorne View Post
    If natural gas is not available in your area, take a hard look at high efficiency heat pumps. They will be cheaper to run than propane or oil. Not sure against pellet stoves that is not a real comparison.
    We are out in the country, so no NG nearby. I priced out hybrid heat pumps last year but it was around $16k to replace both units completely. A bit more than I was hoping for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CobraBob View Post
    I thought it was more, but I'm honestly not sure. It would depend on how far the gas line has to be run and how much digging is needed. And then you have the cost to convert your baseboard radiator (hot water) system to a vented system. I have central air so I'm assuming I would just use the existing duct-work.
    You cant just keep the baseboard radiators?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 97WHITEVENOM View Post
    You cant just keep the baseboard radiators?

    I don't see why not. You are just changing to a high efficient on demand water heater or combo boiler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YJSONLY View Post
    I don't see why not. You are just changing to a high efficient on demand water heater or combo boiler.
    Thats what I figure. My boiler right now is heated by burning oil. I figure the water can also be heated by burning natural gas. Same pipes, just a different boiler.

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    Jake I have a 3500 sf home and heat with oil (forced hot air). Just spent close to $900 to fill my 275 gl oil tank here in ct. Hate it and it kills me to spend that much on heating. I also have a 1000 gl propane tank buried in the yard that we use for our whole house generator and pool heater as well as a gas fired fireplace with a thermostat and blower to regulate it. Propane was $1.81 a gl when I just filled it last. I will be converting our furnace/HWH over to Propane in the spring. As for now we try to heat the house with the FP and it works out great but the LR where it resides gets pretty damn warm. That's ok with the kids and the dog but drives me out lol. But the energy savings is fine with me. That thing heats up the entire house. We have a grand entrance and it goes right up there and enters all the upper rooms. cuts down enormously on our energy bills during the COLD months!
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    I am thinking geo-thermal might be my next move. House is plumbed for HVAC so with some changes it should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSUCOBRA96 View Post
    I am thinking geo-thermal might be my next move. House is plumbed for HVAC so with some changes it should work.
    Best investment of them all. You will receive every dime of your money back in 5-7 years. I have performed many home energy audits, the average payback period is 4.75 years. I've installed hundreds of tons of geothermal systems as well.

    Not to mention, Maryland residents can participate in the Renewable Energy Credit market. Certified Geothermal equipment's BTU capacity is converted into kilowatts which is then converted in REC credits. These credits are traded on the market, divined reimbursement check are issued quarterly thus reducing your payback period to less than 4 years.
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    Sorry I didn't read all 3 pages if someone already mentioned these. My parent-in-laws have one of these and their gas heater barley turns on during the night. This heater takes care of there home in all rooms. Not huge on square footage but maybe if you bought 2? Saves them hundreds every winter. Thought I'd share.
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    I have a cape cod house, roughly 1600 sq. ft. The original propane gas furnace is still in the house, it is about 20 years old. My propane tank is in the ground and I own it. I filled it up with about 240 gallons of propane back in July and I paid $1.249 a gallon. Best thing I ever did was to buy the tank because the company that leased it to me wanted to charge me $3.89 a gallon. I paid about $380 for the tank. I go through about 2 tank fulls when I run the heater. I can't complain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PSUCOBRA96 View Post
    I am thinking geo-thermal might be my next move. House is plumbed for HVAC so with some changes it should work.
    As long as you have the land and well to support an open loop or the money to support a closed loop it's great. Like I posted before, electric bill is never more than $200 in the winter. Goes up to $250-275 in the summer when the compressor has to run. That's in a 3,500 sqft house. That's the only utility we pay... no gas, no oil, etc. We have a fireplace and a wood stove and tons of free wood out back if I wanted to get that winter bill even lower, too. We have an older unit, probably 15-20 years on it now. Had to get the AC charged at the beginning of this summer, was told that I should look into moving to a new unit as they are much more efficient.
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    We open the windows in the winter here. Summer kicks our butts though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03 TOPLESSSVT View Post
    Jake I have a 3500 sf home and heat with oil (forced hot air). Just spent close to $900 to fill my 275 gl oil tank here in ct. Hate it and it kills me to spend that much on heating. I also have a 1000 gl propane tank buried in the yard that we use for our whole house generator and pool heater as well as a gas fired fireplace with a thermostat and blower to regulate it. Propane was $1.81 a gl when I just filled it last. I will be converting our furnace/HWH over to Propane in the spring. As for now we try to heat the house with the FP and it works out great but the LR where it resides gets pretty damn warm. That's ok with the kids and the dog but drives me out lol. But the energy savings is fine with me. That thing heats up the entire house. We have a grand entrance and it goes right up there and enters all the upper rooms. cuts down enormously on our energy bills during the COLD months!
    $1.81!!!! Propane up here is only pennies cheaper than gas....amazing

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