I (Big Beating Heart) Maine!
(If there's a better forum for this topic, just boot me on over to it.) My husband & I are in our 50ies and want to move to midcoast Maine in five years or so. We're from Texas, and can't cope with the endless paralyzing heat and pollution and red-state-edness any longer...dripping with sweat from 80 degree weather at 6am is just so, so wrong. Yep, we know that winter has its own unique problems, but are willing to stay snug in house, reading, working, knitting and baking bread. We're ready to trade chilaquilles for chowder. We will be "snowbirds" in reverse...
I have some kinda dumb questions, really trying to do our homework. Can anyone tell me what an average yearly heating bill is? Our AC & very minor heating bills come to a little over 2k a year here in Houston. Is natural gas going to be an option in midcoast Maine in the near future? I hate the idea of burning oil, but understand that 98% of heating is by that method. Maybe radiant heat and or space heat would suffice? What is the average temp people keep their houses in winter? 50ies, 60ies, 70?
Many of my environmental/gardening gurus come from or were based in Maine; the Nearings, Eliot & Barbara Coleman, Rachael Carson. I would love hearing from you either on or off the Boards as we slowly try to make our dream into a reality. Got lots o'time and want to do it right!