We paid almost $0.20 all last winter due to limited pipeline capacity for 
natural gas.They've been pushing everybody to switch to natural gas for home 
heating. Last winter my oil bill went down considerably over the previous year, 
people with Nat gas got slammed. This year heating oil is below $2/gal.
I've been stocking up on firewood, a friend has a processor and is giving me 
$180/cord for ash if I pick it up myself. I've got around 3 cords now and plan 
to get one more before the month is out. I've got another cord and a half to 
two cords of good dry stuff so that the stuff I'm buying now will probably not 
be used this year. I *think* we could heat the whole house on 5 cords a year 
but we just use it as supplemental. The furnace keeps us at 62F, the woodstove 
is anything we want over that. When we do solar hot water in the daytime we'll 
use any excess from that to warm the house, should drive down our oil and wood 
bill seriously.
-Curt
      From: Jim Cathey via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
 To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com> 
Cc: Jim Cathey <jim.cathey...@gmail.com> 
 Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 12:19 PM
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Practical solar application
   
> Medium-large name brand home panels can be had for under $1 per rated 
> watt.
> So figure $0.20-0.25 per daily watt-hour, plus mounts, wiring, 
> inverter, etc.
> My after tax rate for electricity is 0.14+, so it can pay off in the 
> lifetime
> of the equipment now, the bare PV panel cost can be recovered in 4-5 
> years.

Electricity here is, IIRC, $0.055/kWH, so it would take nearly 3x
as long.  Hydro rules!  :-)

-- Jim




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