Best Heating Practises
There is a first nip in the air here in Northeast PA. Today is the last day of summer. I'm curious what everyone is doing about the outrageous cost of heating fuel. I'm always looking for ideas, so this is not a bash session. I'm sure there are no "right" answers. I'll get the discussion started.
I moved into a rural home 4 years ago with oil HW baseboard heat, and a flue to a family room in the basement where the previous owner had a LP gas heater.
I sold the gas heater, installed a Harman Manual Coal stove. Now, I know that coal is not renewable, but before you jump all over me please understand, here in Noreast PA I got coal delivered last year at $125/ton. This year will likely be $160/ton. I use 2 1/2 ton per season, so it will cost me about $400 for coal for the season.
My coal stove is manual, not stoker, so I can supplement with wood. I burn storm damaged trees mostly spring and fall. The other advantage I see in a manual stove is for use during power failures. We have no fear of losing heat or cooking ability in our too frequent blackouts.
I keep the thermostat on the oil furnace down around 63 degrees, and use it only as back-up.
As I said, I'm always looking for ways to save money. What does everyone else do?