In the interest of learning about heating alternatives, I am curious what fuels are being used to heat homes and at what cost and comfort level.
We live MD and are using PA anthracite nut coal in a hand fed radiant stove to heat 1600sq ft of unfinished and uninsulated basement and 2000 sqft of living space. We use about 4 ton of coal per year at a cost of $210 / ton for a total of $840 per year.
Our backup heat is a high efficiency propane furnace but as long as the coal stove is running it doesn't ever kick on. We will use the propane to heat with in early fall and late spring when it isn't cold enough to use the coal stove. We also use propane for hot water, dryer and cooktop and will be installing a propane generator for backup since we lose electric often.
Based on our neighbors propane usage in a similarly sized and insulated house I estimate we have saved about $1200 this year and our house is usually at least 70* while theirs is kept at 65* and below to save fuel.
So, if you feel like sharing info, what are you all using to heat what size space and at what cost and comfort level??