I'm trying to use as little propane this year as possible, but my kitchen was only 54 degrees when I got up this morning. BRRRRR! I keep a thermometer in there to see how bad it gets and that's kind of bad. My house is designed in such a way that one half of the house doesn't heat well from the furnace. We put in a pellet stove a couple of years ago, which made a huge difference, but the cost of the pelleted fuel has become so high that it currently isn't cost-effective to use it. I have a radiant space heater that I'm using and I'll see how much that is costing us when we get the next electric bill. We have such a high energy bill over the winter because we need to operate stock tank heaters, 4 of them, and that uses a lot of power. I may not be able to tell how much the space heater costs, as it will be lost in the cost of the tank heaters. I haven't been so cost conscious since I was a young woman and I am surprised at how quickly I have become 'cheap'. I've become the queen of stretching out everything. The one thing I can't cut is the cost of feeding horses. It costs what it costs and there is nothing to do about it. But I have changed everything else that I can. I plan to close off the large, vaulted great room after the holiday season, which will help keep the kitchen warm. Whatever heat is in the kitchen gets lost because of that cavernous space. I will leave the heat vents partially open so it doesn't get too cold in there, but it will allow us to be warm over Jan. & Feb. in the kitchen. How strange to think about putting up a huge piece of plastic to close off a room. Welcome to the economic depression of the 21st century.
Off to brave the cold, wish me luck!