We moved into our house last year at the start of winter. We had a very mild winter. Our heating bill ran about $600 a month for the winter months. This winter is going to be a lot colder so I expect our bill to be much higher. We keep the heat at 68 degrees when we are home during the day and we use no heat at night ever no matter what the temperature is outside. I cannot lower the heat because there are 5 us living here with autoimmune arthritis. We live in a damp climate and the dampness is just too much on the joints.
So we have a wood stove. We are having some problems with it right now. I wanted to go pellet but it is out of our price range. We need to get a blower. Any tips on what we should buy. We also need to figure out the storage of firewood which we will have to purchase this year also. Next year we will be in better shape as the oldest child has a tree service business and we have access to all the free firewood we need, it just needs to be seasoned.
We live in a sort of tri level house. Our kitchen opens up to the family room which is about 4 feet below (there is a rail in place) but the rest of the house is literally on the other side, kitchen, dining room, living room. I am not even sure if the heat will reach over there.