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Old 11-24-2018, 04:07 PM
 
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Update - I never expected for the savings to be this much!

Yes, we are in the beginning of the heating season but I have data for November and doing some calculations, it's ridiculous the amount of savings with a R60 attic AND basement insulation (basement alone decreased even further the usage).

My gas bill for this past month was 20$ (total was 33$: 13$ for Customer charge and 20$ for gas and delivery).

My house is a 1958 house therefore it's considered leaky and not insulated from the start.

Acording to EIA, the average NE house built from 2005+, therefore new construction, uses 5 BTUs/sq ft/Heating Degree day.

My house is using currently 1.1 BTUs/sqft/HDD

If data is correct and holds for the full season - which it should because I adjusted the data, then it means for the whole heating season, I should only use about 150 therms of gas ... or a bill of $120 at current prices for the WHOLE heating season (0.80 dollars per therm), which is crazy!
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Old 11-25-2018, 04:42 AM
 
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Galaxy, insulation is totally worth it. Do it. And you being electric probably have lots of rebates. My electric company rebates 75% of costs with attic insulation up to 500$ which is in essence most of it - cellulose if you DIY. Since I was NG, I only got 25% back with max payout of 125 if I recall. Still worth it since savings compared to previous year was 35-40% per calculations - we used about the same NG but last winter was WAY COLDER.

I wish I could be all electric. As of now, all utilities NG and electric, we spend 1000-1100 dollars, due to increase in NG and electricity. Out of these 1000-1100 dollars, 204$ is just for electrical account and 168 for NG account maintenance!

If I can eventually swtich everything to electrical, I could save the 168, plus a little bit of efficiency on the rest. I estimate on todays prices we could have all electrical for 65/70 per month. We are heating for 2300 sq feet - we are single ranch at 1170 sq ft however, the ducts of the HVAC also deliver heat to the basement - I guess previous owner heated the basement where he sort of had a little workshop there.

So, not bad as of now at 90 USD/month in utilities.
No, we are nat gas for heat. Only the 144sqft bonus toom is electric heat.

But the main house is only 750 sqft and is nat gas heat. Kept at 65 night and when out, 67 when home and up.

Our utility company cover all electric and gas. One bill for $175/m. Too high.

All bulbs are LEDs with a few left over CFLS that are rarely on.

We will shut down the electric heat bonus room Dec-March.

Our electric rates are through tye roof, as i am sure the nat gas rates are too. We are NY. High taxes and fees too.

Yes, attic insulation will be coming and will help. The house has 2" in the attic and none in the walls.

I dint think there are any rebates now from my utility company.
We might qualify for incone based insulation program, will have to look into it.

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Update - I never expected for the savings to be this much!

Yes, we are in the beginning of the heating season but I have data for November and doing some calculations, it's ridiculous the amount of savings with a R60 attic AND basement insulation (basement alone decreased even further the usage).

My gas bill for this past month was 20$ (total was 33$: 13$ for Customer charge and 20$ for gas and delivery).

My house is a 1958 house therefore it's considered leaky and not insulated from the start.

Acording to EIA, the average NE house built from 2005+, therefore new construction, uses 5 BTUs/sq ft/Heating Degree day.

My house is using currently 1.1 BTUs/sqft/HDD

If data is correct and holds for the full season - which it should because I adjusted the data, then it means for the whole heating season, I should only use about 150 therms of gas ... or a bill of $120 at current prices for the WHOLE heating season (0.80 dollars per therm), which is crazy!
December confirmed it. We are now deep in freezing temps with about 1100 HDDs for the full month and we spent only in heat $30 ... this is with heating 2400 sq ft ! We pay about 85 cents per therm.
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