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First season burning - update

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by burnt03, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. burnt03

    burnt03 Burning Hunk

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    Pretty much done with the cold season here, thought I'd go through the old hydro bills and see how much I saved now that I don't have to use the forced air electric furnace as the primary source of heat.

    Added up the numbers between Oct 1 - Mar 1 over the past 3 years....

    2010 - 2011: $1471.87
    2011 - 2012: $1388.90
    2012 - 2013: $581.57



    Saved $800+ over the winter, enough to pay off the stove/installation. Can I get a HEYYYYYYYYYYYYY WOODSTOVE!! (in the voice of Al Bundy)

    Thanks again for all the help and advice over this past year
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  2. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Glad it is working out for ya. And just to take a guess...the house was warmer.
  3. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    I would not think your done heating yet in Canada, I still will be using mine here through april most likely
  4. TradEddie

    TradEddie Minister of Fire

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    Better yet, since last year was a record breaking mild season almost everywhere, and this winter seems more typical, you may even be underestimating your savings. Not sure if you can get an actual HDD record for your locality, but NOAA publishes data monthly for the US so you can get a better idea of the heating demand from year to year. If you are close enough to the border, maybe you could take values from the nearest US location. Monthly data are updated 2-3 weeks into the next month.

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/time-series/index.php

    TE
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  5. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Cold season done in BC Canada??? I hope not, I'm going skiing in Whistler in 2 weeks!
  6. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    I feel ya bro. Moved into our new home August 2011. We were paying $600 per month for propane October 2011, November 2011, December 2011, January 2012, February 2012, and March 2012 so in March we broke down and bought our stove...cost 5K total with installation but since we already paid $3,000 in propane just during those few months I could see the stove would pay for itself in no time. End result is that the tank has been filled twice since March and I can see that it looks like 2 fill ups per year. factoring in the cost of CSS conservatively we are saving $3,000 per year
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  7. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    Nice.
  8. burnt03

    burnt03 Burning Hunk

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    Yep, for sure. Used to set it at 68 during the day and drop it to 60 at 6PM and leave it overnight. This past year, it's rarely gotten below 68 overnight and can keep it around 70-72 upstairs pretty easily depending on the outside temp! Way nicer not to have to walk around in sweats, hoodies and slippers all day long.

    Still using the stove for sure but the coldest it'll probably be rare for the temp to drop below freezing again, been hovering around 40 for a low the past week.

    lol, still getting a ton of snow up in the mountains! Got about 8" of snow at the town's water reservoir up the mountain about 20min. So yeah, Whistler should be great :)
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