What type of heating do you use in your house?

@unique16 (1531)
United States
January 23, 2010 12:34pm CST
I decide not you my gas furnace this year to save on money since I have old coal stove in my living room. I also bought two space heaters that suppose to save me money on my electric? What do you use in your house? Ton of coal cost me $249.00 which included $20.00 for delivery too. I live in Penna. in the United States where if use my gas furnace it cost me like $400.00 per month heat my house I still feel cold at like 63 degree. Ton of coal will last me 3 months. Thannks and have a great day Unique16
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@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
23 Jan 10
We have space heaters, too. It makes our gas bill go way down and we pay a little extra on our electric bill. Actually our gas furnace doesn't work correctly so we do have to use the electric space heaters. We don't have a coal stove so that wouldn't be an option. Coal does smell bad and I'm sure there are some bad effects to everything though.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Hello Callarse1 Thanks for your reply. I agree with the space heaters they do help. Company are getting better on making them and last longer and getting more heat for less money. Mine are from Holmes company at Target stores for like $55.00 each. The are quartz heater for drafting rooms since my home was built in 1896 and made of the good brick that will last a long time. Have a great night Sincerely unique16
@AmbiePam (49876)
• United States
23 Jan 10
I don't have a choice in what kind of heating I use. My apartment uses electricity. I was appalled at my last bill. I rarely had my heat on, my heat was out during the time of the blizzard anyway, and still the bill was tremendously high. The gas company "estimates" our bills, so perhaps in next month's bill it will reflect that in a smaller amount.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Hi AmbiePam, I am so sorry how can they estimate? I do not think fair for everyone in the apartments. I feel for you and I know electricity is expensive too depending on which company you are buying it from. What state do you live in? Michigan and Wisconsin always getting bad snow storms. Those state get a lot snow and so very cold in the minus digits degrees. I really for you. Thanks for the reply and Have a great night Sincerely unique16
@techgurl (451)
• Greece
23 Jan 10
We recently put private gas heating at home with radiators installed in every room. The same is used for water heating as well. I'm not sure how much it costs though. Its a bit pricey I think. If I remember well the first bill came around 500 euros for two or three months.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Hello Techgurl, What country do live in? That does not seem bad for the two or 3 months. I grew up with raditor heat and have in this forced air gas heat. It makes my skin very very dry and my sinuses too where radiator heat does not have this problem. Thanks for your reply Sincerely Unique16
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@benny128 (3621)
23 Jan 10
well I have a gas central heating system in my house, I don't have a fire just radiators and its warm enough for me and my family. Though I am looking at getting a real fireplace installed to the house as got the flue etc etc just the people before me boarded it over. The reason is so that I can burn wood, I live next to a river and get a lot of driftwood flowing down the river so its all free fuel and means I ain't using fossil fuels as much such as coal or gas etc etc.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Hello beeny128, I found with wood you need fill it every two hours and getting up in the middle night to fill it was not my cup of tea. With coal it last like 5 to 6 hours or if you self automatic coal stove it can last for two days without filling and keeps the coal going into the stove you only have to shake the grates like twice a day and no night filling which is good. Like previously mentioned ton of coal cost $250.00 and last me all winter where cord of wood is like $175.00 to $150.00 which includes shipping only last me one month. So coal is the cheapest and cleaner and safer bet I think or in my opinion. I do like fireplaces like fall nights and early spring. Thanks for the reply Sincelrey Unique16
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
26 Jan 10
I am using my gas heat and my bill was $ 200 last month. I keep it on 70 degrees. I have sense turned it down to 68 degrees. I have no idea how much it will be for Jan. I know it has been much more colder. I pray it is going to be paid. I had no idea how high it could be. This is the first year in this house. Have a great day.
• United States
25 Jan 10
We normally use natural gas, I tried this year but finally had to quit, its way to much money, instead I am using the sun, and our old wood stove, with electric back up, just in case if I don't want to mess with the stove.
@MrKennedy (1994)
24 Jan 10
Here where I live, central heating is very common. There is a radiator in practically every room of my parents house (where I'm staying at the moment) which are powered along with the water by a boiler. Therefore, the house is always nice and toasty in the winter
@tommyj (46)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I have a natural gas furnace but, I bought one of those eden air electric . They are so portable that you can roll them from room to room. They brag about being able to run for about a dollar a day... I don't think they are that cheap but they have helped to cut my gas bill down.
@jpso138 (7869)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
Well, we do not have any snow in our country. We only have dry season and rainy season. In view of this, we do not use any heater but rather use more of the airconditioner and electric fans to cool down. In most cases, when its tolerable, I use the electric fan considering that it consumes lesser power. But there are times that I really want to feel very cool inside the room and use the airconditioner instead.
@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
24 Jan 10
In my house I have one of those air conditioners that works as a heating too. Unfortunately it uses a lot of electricity, so when it's not that cold I use a small electric heater that I have.