Sunday, October 30, 2011

My $70 a Month Heat Bill

 Everyone always wants to know how we can have a $70 a month heat bill in the dead of an Iowan winter - in a 1905 Victorian house - well this is how we do it.  NOTE the house is 1105 square feet.

We keep the house at 65F during the day and 58F at night or when we are not home. Caulk around the outsides of every window, door, etc. and do this every few years, oh and LOTS of insulation! We use mortite on the inside for the windows, the windows are original except for two modern windows and it's the modern windows that leak like a sieve. 

Winter 2010

Make sure to change those furnace filters too.  Another tip is to put insulation behind outlets and switches that are on outside walls, these are also major draft stoppers.  Repair any storm windows with new spline and the fuzzy insulating stuff every 10 years or so.

It also helps that we are on budget billing, and the gas company keeps bugging us to pay the new rate which is $59 a month but John keeps refusing.  November is our reconciliation month, and by paying the $70 a month we don't get a "suprise" spike in our heat bill.

edited to add:  The orignal builder insulated the house and big time, way back in 1905, he filled it with woolrock from the basement all the way out the attic rafters.  We're thinking he didn't like being cold. The house maintains and beautifully, it's been 65F in here for two weeks now.


Jackie said...

I am envious. You can multiply that by three for us. Gas is very expensive and we live in a draughty windy place. I thin we need to do a bit of what you did!

Kristina said...

Around here it also depends on which electric company you have in the area. Unfortunately, we have the most expensive one in our county. We resorted to a wood burning stove and a corn burner. And we don't heat the upstairs (brrrr!). And still we pay about $100.00/month.

k baxter packwood said...

Kristina, my grandparents had a "morning" stove in the second story of their house, is it possible to install a similar stove in your second story? Otherwise electric heating pads are wonderful from what friends tell me.

k baxter packwood said...

Jackie, I'm hearing from folks it all depends on where you live as to what you pay. My neighbors live a similar lifestyle and their gas bill is $68 a month but then I'm home all day long and they both work.