Friday, November 8, 2013

The first Three Months

This is just a quick update on the utility bills. We have been in the house for over 3 months now. The weather was very mild for August and we were out of town for 6 days of that. I suspect the bill next year will be a good amount higher. Just to recap, this house is pretty much all electric. There is a propane tank for the range, we have our own well and septic. I suspect that our biggest energy hog is the water heater. I am not sure how I can go about confirming that though. September and October both seemed pretty normal so Those bills should be pretty reflective of what we can expect in the future. The HVAC has been off 99% of the time for the past 2 months. The house has been 66° in the morning when we get up and by the time we get home from work it is up to about 70°. On a couple cool cloudy days we will turn the heat pump on to get the temp up to about 69° before bed then shut it off. So far I am very happy with how things are working. It will be interesting to see how things go once we really start dipping below 30°. We just closed on the old house so my focus will be getting the wood stove put in. The stove will be the primary heat source when winter really creeps in so it will be interesting to see how well it keeps up. We did decide to keep the stove from the old house witch is a jotul f100. I am working on figuring out how the outside air kit works with it. It will be interesting to see how well this small of a stove will work in this size of a house.Anyways, here is the first 3 months utility bills, August 2013-October 2013.