Originally Posted by ER1970
For those of you who live in the North that requires heating, what are your heating bills like in the winter months? It is so ridiculously expensive here (I think is about $4.20/gallon or something like that?). We are only 2 persons living in the house, and we close 1/2 of the house (guest bedrooms) in the winter (but do keep it at 55F so pipes won't freeze). But still, in the winter we easily spend $800/month on heating, and the heating season up here lasts for a good 6 months/yr!
What do you do to lower your heating bills?
I have two heating systems, as well as a/c. The sq. ft. is around 3500. We have gas heat, as well as hot water. So some of the gas cost is hot water and washing. In NJ, the gas for heating costs maybe $300 per month.
When we first moved in, it was ridiculous that first winter. I think we had a $600 gas bill for December 1996, our first winter. This is what I've done over the years.
1) Replace all aluminum sliders with vinyl double pane vinyl sliders.
2) Replace thermostats with programmable.
3) Install ceiling fans.
4) Install insulation in crawl space.
5) Insulate basement wall cavity.
6) New 8' slider to deck.
7) New entry doors.
8) New garage doors.
9) Blow-in insulation in attic.
It sounds like your house is very old, with little insulation in walls. And oil heat costs more than gas. Call your energy company. You can probably get an audit at little or no cost.