Help me ballpark what my heating costs might be?
May 7, 2007 8:51 AM Subscribe
Can anyone help me come up with a general estimate as to how much propane used for home heating might cost in NH?
posted by catfood to home & garden (3 answers total)
We are in the process of buying a home in NH that currently has a propane heating system. We're waiting for copies of actual heating bills from the current owners, but they said that they typically have the tanks filled up twice a year and that it costs about $500 each time. The house is 1750 square feet, and only the heating & boiler use propane (and one small gas stove used for heating). All of the appliances are electric.
I'm a little nervous because my uncle heard about the house and told me that $1000 a year for propane heat is ludicrous and that it's going to be MUCH MUCH MORE. He said that for his 3000 square foot house in Scarsdale, NY, some *months* cost $1000 for propane. To me, THAT sounds ludicrous. I also know that they are sort of wasteful and stupid and they probably keep the heat cranked way up all winter long, and also many of their appliances use the propane.
So... while I know my best estimate will be the actual bills from previous years, in the meantime can anyone help me to determine what I might have to look forward to in terms of heating costs? Even general responses like "$1000 is way too cheap to be realistic" or "Your uncle is a moron" would be helpful.
Natural gas is not an option, as gas lines do not reach our property. There is an old electric radiant heat system that is partially in tact and we might look into restoring that. This is our first house, so I'm unfamiliar with typical heating costs.