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Old 02-09-2019, 12:20 PM
 
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My wife and I just built a home in the country. So far, we have spent $2100 in keeping our house warm. We've had pressure checks and can confirm there are no leaks. Two water heaters, stove & HVAC are on propane.
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Old 02-09-2019, 12:49 PM
 
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I would sure try to figure out less expensive heating,you must have a lot of square footage.I lived in Salem for awhile and did not run thru 500 gallons.Propane is an expensive way to heat etc.
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Old 02-09-2019, 12:51 PM
 
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Impossible to comment. Its a new house so there's no history. You didn't give information about square footage, thermostat settings, how many residents are home daily, (gallons of hot water use), your HVAC capacity or system details, local propane prices, or weather pattern compared to prior years. Have you tried to compare with similar houses with similar systems in the area? Why two hot water heaters?
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Sounds way wrong, but tell us more about the house....With a 3000' brick home in So IN, we would not go thru 500 gallons in a year, nothing but heat and cool tho'. But back up.... 4 tanks x 500=2000 gallons....for $2100 ? Where are you getting propane for $1/gallon ? I'm thinking perhaps you've had 4 fills, or tank top off's....possible ? Tanks on a regular fill schedule by the service company will require way less fuel than a full refill.

Time to invest in a supplemental wood heat source ?

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Old 02-09-2019, 01:28 PM
 
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Ok cool, thanks for the responses. Wasn't sure how quickly this thread would get some reponses.

Ok here goes...

2550 sq. foot home. Metal siding and roof.
We keep our thermostat at 65 during the workday and 67 during the evening.
Our HVAC is a 4 tonne

Sorry my math wasn't totally on point. We've had 4 top offs in just under 6 months, and I may be off on $2100. It's probably closer to $2400.

However, the moment I get home, I chop some wood and get the wood stove burning with blowers going and it helps a little bit, but we have some lofted ceilings so not sure how well that circulates.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:32 PM
 
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Sorry my math wasn't totally on point. We've had 4 top offs in just under 6 months, and I may be off on $2100. It's probably closer to $2400.

Doesn't sound right. When you say "top off" do you mean filling almost empty tanks or just adding some to a tank that is still mostly full? Maybe you are not actually using that much propane, the price of the fuel is simply very high.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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We use propane in a 500 gallon tank to heat our 1700 sq ft log home in combination with a wood stove. Our stove is also propane. We fill it twice per year to 16 months. The propane company doesn't fill it past 80% as a rule so we are actually only using about 650-700 gallons per year.
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:17 PM
 
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Cord (4x4x8', or 128 cuft no matter how you stack it) of good, seasoned hardwood like oak or hickory is about the equivalent of 250gal of propane. Right now, propane is running $3/gal here, so that cord of wood = $750. Probably bit less, since the best wood stove efficiency still doesn't quite match the best efficiency of a propane furnace, but I say it's still worth 600 bucks/cord. Around here, you can buy wood for 150-200/cord, delivered. If you go that route, be sure to buy it now for next winter's use to allow for drying.



Wood heat is a lot messier fuel than propane, but we love our wood stove. Guess that explains why I have 4 of these 4 cord sheds filled.....just finished filling the last one today for use the winter of 2020-21. That's $10,000 worth of not using propane.



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Old 02-09-2019, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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2550 sq. foot home. Metal siding and roof.
We keep our thermostat at 65 during the workday and 67 during the evening.
Our HVAC is a 4 tonne

Sorry my math wasn't totally on point. We've had 4 top offs in just under 6 months, and I may be off on $2100. It's probably closer to $2400.
I have the same question as Parnassia: what exactly do you mean by "top offs"? How many GALLONS have you used, in total? (Your thread title made it sound like you've gone through 2,000 gallons, but then you said it cost $2,100 -- later corrected to $2,400 -- and I knew it couldn't be 2,000 gallons unless you lived in the land of cheap propane, if that exists! )

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However, the moment I get home, I chop some wood and get the wood stove burning with blowers going and it helps a little bit, but we have some lofted ceilings so not sure how well that circulates.
Lofted ceilings can look beautiful, but I have never understood why anyone living in a cold climate would want them (unless they have unlimited money!). Heat rises, so all the lovely heat from the wood stove or baseboards or whatever is rising way above your head.

Anyway, if you've paid $2,400 so far and that's for, say, 800 gallons of propane at $3/gallon, that doesn't sound out of whack for a 2,550-square-foot house during a cold winter. (HAS it been a cold winter where you are?)

I just had a couple of propane heaters installed (one upstairs, one downstairs) for supplemental heat in my 1960 Colonial house in New Hampshire, but that was mostly for peace of mind in power outages. They're rare where I live, but without the propane heaters, if I lose power, I lose heat. I haven't used the heaters much but I did notice that they go through more propane than I would have expected. For me, it's not a big deal since they are supplemental heaters, and I LOVE the heat that the upstairs one puts out (it's a different kind of model than the one downstairs), so I live with it. Being warm is expensive so I budget for it every month and never have to worry about it.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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I have the same question as Parnassia: what exactly do you mean by "top offs"? How many GALLONS have you used, in total? (Your thread title made it sound like you've gone through 2,000 gallons, but then you said it cost $2,100 -- later corrected to $2,400 -- and I knew it couldn't be 2,000 gallons unless you lived in the land of cheap propane, if that exists! )



Lofted ceilings can look beautiful, but I have never understood why anyone living in a cold climate would want them (unless they have unlimited money!). Heat rises, so all the lovely heat from the wood stove or baseboards or whatever is rising way above your head.

Anyway, if you've paid $2,400 so far and that's for, say, 800 gallons of propane at $3/gallon, that doesn't sound out of whack for a 2,550-square-foot house during a cold winter. (HAS it been a cold winter where you are?)

I just had a couple of propane heaters installed (one upstairs, one downstairs) for supplemental heat in my 1960 Colonial house in New Hampshire, but that was mostly for peace of mind in power outages. They're rare where I live, but without the propane heaters, if I lose power, I lose heat. I haven't used the heaters much but I did notice that they go through more propane than I would have expected. For me, it's not a big deal since they are supplemental heaters, and I LOVE the heat that the upstairs one puts out (it's a different kind of model than the one downstairs), so I live with it. Being warm is expensive so I budget for it every month and never have to worry about it.
I prepay for my propane to get summer rates at $1.39/gallon. In winter, it typically runs about $1.79, sometimes as high as $1.99.
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