heating costs-hydro vs propane
We recently moved from Brockville to a rural home. We are now on hydro meter and last month our hydro bill was a whopping $415. Our rural house is heated by geothermal and we also have a Regency propane gas fireplace that we occasionally use.
I am retired and can't afford these exhorbitant hydro costs. We have the daytime thermostat set at 69 and overnight at 62. We wear sweaters in the house and use the oven/dryer mainly on weekends.
I have noticed that the Geothermal fan kicks in in the middle of the night in order to get up to 69 by 6am.
What can we do to to reduce our hydro/heating costs? Specifically should we switch to a propane furnace or replace our old electric stove/dryer to propane, as the previous owners did (gas lines were capped when we moved in) ?
Would appreciate any advice.