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Old 07-31-2008, 10:25 AM   #11
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At least here in MN, in the cities and towns, most are hooked up (usually by force) to Natural gas thru the city lines.
I live in the middle of nowhere.
Soon to be middle of nowhere in a tent burning wood.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:28 AM   #12
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We do not have gas or oil at all. Everything is electrically powered. Including the pump for the water from our well, when we have power outages we are completely shut down. Our electric bill runs around $250 all year round. Although we just recieved notice that next month there will be an 8% increase >: {
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:29 AM   #13
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Heating homes with oil is very big in the Northeast. Natural gas is here as well but oil is king. I heat with NG. It has been cheaper historically.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:58 AM   #14
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We heat entirely with wood, and it is not free. We pay real estate taxes on our 50 acre woodlot, which BTW is way more than we need, I think 2 acres would be plenty. Our house is superinsulated and requires little in the way of a heat source. We maintain two large chainsaws which run on oil and gas. But the biggest expense is the time it takes dh to fell, cut and haul the wood with a tractor. This is time he can not draw any salary. I assume we save a great deal of money by heating with wood over having to pay for oil or electricity, but it is not free.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:05 AM   #15
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My brother in NH said some of people were going back to coal.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:10 AM   #16
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GB, how long does the oil you just got last? Is it a monthly thing or what? And how big is your house?

Our house is 1100 sq ft with a full basement (so 2200 sq ft) and we pay about $200 a month for NG. Just wondering what the comparison is like.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:19 AM   #17
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We use Keystoker Coal stove for heating the whole house. The house has electric baseboard heating and we have not used it at all. We used to have a wood burning stove but it did a bad job of heating so we got rid of it and bought the coal stove about 10 yrs ago. The house is 2300 sq. feet, 2 floors.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:28 AM   #18
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We use Keystoker Coal stove for heating the whole house. The house has electric baseboard heating and we have not used it at all. We used to have a wood burning stove but it did a bad job of heating so we got rid of it and bought the coal stove about 10 yrs ago. The house is 2300 sq. feet, 2 floors.
What's your monthly heating costs with coal?
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:28 AM   #19
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Alix during the summer it lasts a long time. This is the first fill up we have had in months. I do not remember when our last was. During the winter we seem to get a fill up every 4-6 weeks. Our house is basically the same as yours. 11oosq ft with a full finished basement.
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Programable thermostats will save you a bundle too.
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