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AugustineCountryman:
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As with many, I'm glad I stumbled on this thread. We got our propane bill for this month and its over $550! With twin babies we can't just bundle up when it gets chilly anymore. We run a water heater and furnace on propane and just ordered an electric tankless water heater. Now looking to swap out the furnace for electric. I wish we could get natural gas but its not an option out here in the country. We just paid $2.94 a gallon, leased tank as well. Just not worth it considering this is just the beginning of our REALLY cold season. Hopefully we can switch to solar in the next few years! I'd be interested to know if anyone else in CA has switched to an electric.
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Plenty of exciting thoughts..Yes we need to make certain changes in our power consuming methods in order to sort out energy crisis situation.

ChillyInCA:
As with many, I'm glad I stumbled on this thread. We got our propane bill for this month and its over $550! With twin babies we can't just bundle up when it gets chilly anymore. We run a water heater and furnace on propane and just ordered an electric tankless water heater. Now looking to swap out the furnace for electric. I wish we could get natural gas but its not an option out here in the country. We just paid $2.94 a gallon, leased tank as well. Just not worth it considering this is just the beginning of our REALLY cold season. Hopefully we can switch to solar in the next few years! I'd be interested to know if anyone else in CA has switched to an electric.

jr23:
surprised on the amount of fuel being used i had a home in se pa 1975 vintage with residing with foam insulation
under vinal and still had the terrible al windows and storm windows  1600 sq ft corner house i burned 400 to 500 gallons of oil and 90% of the house was warm 1 bed was cool neighbor had heat pump always cold the next owner put oil heat in peco used to discount electric for all electric homes not any more.i did have a fireplace burned about a cord a season mostly scrounged after storms
i live in fl now but we do get some cold days and we have a electric strip in the air handler spins the meter
and cost more tha a/c in the hot months i stopped using the central heat bought small heaters no big bill and heating the area needed works great and sometimes leaving heat on a lower setting is better than shutting completely off as it takes full blast to get a ice cold to to tolarable and a mix if you can do might be a good move

MKP:
10 years ago Propane was cheap - so we installed central heating using propane. Now Propane cost 3 or 4 times that and our winter propane bill is about $600 per month (i.e. about for 5 months - rest of the year it is about $50 per month) - Our cooling is electric. I should have installed electric heating as well.

Jean:
I bought a house two years ago that has electric heat in the ceilings (terrible idea from 1978) the whole house is run on electric. There is no duct work. Natural gas is not available. Our "budget plan" electric bill started at 289.00 per month for 2800 two story. Then it went to 304.00. Now my new bill said its going to be 444.00! I've never paid a car payment that high! I simply just can't pay this bill. I have contacted DTE twice to ask for an assement. They sent us a care package with some light bulbs and water saver attachments. I just need some serious help. I was going to buy the e monitor but its way out of my price range (600-900 dollars) this is just ridiculous . I feel bullied by the power company. I have a wood burner in my basement. Is there really  a way to make vents in the floors without duct work to heat my main floor?. My daughter lives in the bedroom up stairs. Is there an efficient space heater she can use instead of the electric ceiling heat?

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