All electric 1960 sq ft house...supplimental heat with a free standing COAL burning stove.
Nothing else...the house water even is produced from a well with the pump on
the same meter...we had several 20 degree F BELOW zero days last month
and the electric bill was .... $135.00 U.S. (rounded up). The temp in the living
quarters is around 70-75 deg F during the times we are up and active. My CPU stays
powered on all the time, we have Incandescent lights because they work on my dimmer
rheostat. Electric Water heater, Electric range, all electric.Time I get the coal here it costs
around $100.00 a ton and in cold months we may burn about 1000# a month.
So economically, it is very reasonable. Burn Coal,
it has Great heat value, Carbon units be Dam*#d! Why don't I burn wood or pellets
you ask?? Wood does NOT have the heat value I like and you have to do a LOT more
work to get it into the larder. You have to outright buy pallets of pellets and I have never seen
a pellet stove yet I could back my butt up against and feel warm. I considered a corn
burner stove but ruled it out because of availability of fuel.
I considered geothermal because I have 5 acres of vacant pasture
that could contain a large long loop of geothermal tubing just
that at the current price of $30K it would take somewhere near
25 years just to break even….