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Old 02-13-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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If you already have gas, I would do a conversion ASAP. There's likely a lot of tax incentives out there for the work as well. But, you seem to be doing pretty well compared to the people I know in NJ that have oil and spend around $400-$500/month on oil in the winter. Old, inefficient homes.

Some ways to reduce: as noted already, checking the house for leaks (walk around with a lighter or matches, and hold them near window frames to see if the flame blows). New insulation in the attic. Sealing tiny gaps in any exposed foundation blocks. etc.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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I am trying to figure out how efficient/inefficient our home is heating-wise. I've never lived in a house with oil heat so I have no clue.

Our stats:

131 year old house
Three finished stories (cellar is not living space)
~2100 sq feet
Filled tank just over a month ago, ~$700
Tank as of today is half full

So about $350/month so far, but we've only lived here about one month and the weather has been fairly mild. However, we did have a period of five days where the heat was turned up really high and basically heating the outdoors (lots of doors/windows open) because of our floors being redone.
You will go broke unless you have very deep pockets!!!
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:56 AM
 
Location: New England
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You will go broke unless you have very deep pockets!!!
LOL--thanks for the reply. I won't go broke, but I'm definitely thinking about the natural gas conversion for next winter.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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LOL--thanks for the reply. I won't go broke, but I'm definitely thinking about the natural gas conversion for next winter.
Do it as soon as your tank runs dry!
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Galloway, NJ
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My house is smaller, although it has no insulation and a 35-year-old furnace, and I live farther south.
Why no insulation? Even if your house is farther south were the winters are more mild, it just means the summers are that much hotter. You really should consider getting insulation, even if it's a retrofit job.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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Why no insulation?
Because the house is 90 years old?

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Old 03-01-2012, 12:32 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Originally Posted by A Nonny Mouse View Post
I am trying to figure out how efficient/inefficient our home is heating-wise. I've never lived in a house with oil heat so I have no clue.

Our stats:

131 year old house
Three finished stories (cellar is not living space)
~2100 sq feet
Filled tank just over a month ago, ~$700
Tank as of today is half full

So about $350/month so far, but we've only lived here about one month and the weather has been fairly mild. However, we did have a period of five days where the heat was turned up really high and basically heating the outdoors (lots of doors/windows open) because of our floors being redone.
Here is my stats:

120 year old Victorian house
Three stories, 6 bedrooms (basement is not a living space)
~ 2995 sq feet
A newer 225 gallon tank was installed about 6 or 7 years ago (old tank was 275 gallons)
Forced hot air, no radiators ... heated air comes out of ornamental grilles near baseboards.

Last year - $400 per month (heating season here in Philadelphia is Nov. 1st thru Apr. 1st. Total heating bill was $2000)

This year (price of oil is higher) - approx. $425-$450 per month
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: New England
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Originally Posted by Clark Park View Post
Here is my stats:

120 year old Victorian house
Three stories, 6 bedrooms (basement is not a living space)
~ 2995 sq feet
A newer 225 gallon tank was installed about 6 or 7 years ago (old tank was 275 gallons)
Forced hot air, no radiators ... heated air comes out of ornamental grilles near baseboards.

Last year - $400 per month (heating season here in Philadelphia is Nov. 1st thru Apr. 1st. Total heating bill was $2000)

This year (price of oil is higher) - approx. $425-$450 per month
Thanks, this is helpful!
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