We just got our fuel contract with our home heating / propane company.
We keep the house at about 68 in the living area, 63-65 in the one bedroom, and 58-62 in the lower level (which is pretty dang chilly in the winter) and heated with an electric infrared heater (we paid $400 for the heater to cut the cost on the propane, not including the cost to run the heater), just enough to sleep at night. 75% of the lower level has not been heated at all and is the lower 50's.
We also have a 600 gal storage system, with the thought being the company would only need to fill the tanks twice a year, and save money on the auto fill plan, which has them filling the tanks every six weeks.
We paid $3.99/gal, using 602 gals for the year.
Had we left the windows open and used another 98 gals, the cost would have dropped by .80 cents per gallon, and we could have kept the house warmer, for less money than we paid to keep our costs down, so we thought. We would have saved $290!
Based on these figures, it is going to cost $2430, to heat a 1400 sq ft ranch home, at 68 degrees! This has 6" exterior walls, and very high R factor insulation in the attic and the walls.
If we were to use more fuel, 700 gals would cost $2233! The company will not allow you to pay for more fuel than you used in the previous heating season??? Thereby, costing us more to use less fuel and live in colder temps.
It makes no sense!!!!!!!
Our neighbors who have the same company, heat both levels of their house to about 75 degrees. Since they consume more fuel (and only spend a fraction of the time at this home, while they vacation in FL for the winter), they pay only $3.19 a gallon.
Anyone that uses less than 500 gals, they are now charged $4.99/gal.
Something is just not right about how this system of user fees is being implemented!