We've been heating our house with a 22K BTU Monitor kerosene unit since '96. Before getting injured in 2000 I usually kept it set on 60 at night and during the day while we were at work and had it programmed to start up to 68 about an hour before my wife would get home in the afternoons. Now that I'm older, have chronic back pain and home all the time I keep it set at 70 night/day unless it's really cold outside then I may need to bump it up to 72. I usually heat all winter on about 150 gallons of fuel. Only supplemental heat we use is a portable kerosene unit in the bathroom when getting shower/bath. Our main living area living room/kitchen area stays around 72 night/day since the thermostat on the heater doesn't shut it off until it reaches 4 degrees above set temp. Bedroom/bath probably around 66-68 in the daytime and maybe 64-66 at night but we like our bedroom cooler so it works out great. Summer time the a/c is set to 77.
Forced hot air oil furnace
I also installed 240v electric baseboard heaters in each bedroom and living room with independent thermostats.. House is one floor 730 sq ft. New Windows did the trick house stays comfortable throughout the day. Just got my first oil delivery Monday since May tank was 5/8
We've been on a budget for many years with gas and electricity. We did it when we were younger and I worked a seasonal job, just made it easier to pay the bills knowing what they were going to be and like you said it's all the same when you look at it annually.What I meant was during the summer when my actual gas bills are just a few bucks I’m still paying the $91 to even things out. I always assumed that was the going rate more or less. $1100 or so a year. I guess it varies from place to place.
We burn mostly wood with oil supplement in AM before rising. Bedroom window open with just a sheet and blanket. The wood stove in the kitchen keeps the house 68/70. Stove has a catalytic converter which helps to modulate output otherwise the temp swings are uncomfortable.
This last spring we moved into a new house and it’s really insulated compared to the old house. Plus it’s almost twice the size at a little over 1900 square feet. At night it’s set at 62 F. The heat comes on about 7:00 and hits 65 for the day during the week and 68F on the weekend. I have it set to come on during the day about 3:30 just before the wife comes home and goes to 68F.
Yes what's not broken don't fix... My heaters I installed have mechanical thermostats as well.. I crank them on hi until the room is comfortable then I turn the thermostat to the middle which is comfort zone.. Keeps the room just right.We're doing well with just a small 1500W portable heater in each room; however, I really should figure out how to replace the archaic thermostats. I was told that they're older, line-voltage style, which scares me to work on. I don't want to pay an electrician for something that's not necessarily broken, either; just wildly inaccurate.
that's exactly what we do: crank the heat up for the baseboards, then turn them off and use the portable 1500W heaters to maintain.Yes what's not broken don't fix... My heaters I installed have mechanical thermostats as well.. I crank them on hi until the room is comfortable then I turn the thermostat to the middle which is comfort zone.. Keeps the room just right.
It would only makes sense to swap out the thermostat if its going to be a potential savings during the heating season.