Here in New England oil heat is common. I won’t say it’s popular -not at the current price of heating oil. The prices are insane. It doesn’t make sense that heating oil is about fifty cents a gallon more expensive than off-road diesel. It’s the same stuff.
My furnace has been serviced but I’m not too sure how much I’m going to use it. I just might buy off-road diesel 5 or 10 gallons at time. That will give me enough fuel for backup in case we leave the house for a few days.
We’ve had some chill night where it’s gotten down below freezing. To take the chill out of the house I’ve been using a couple of electric heaters. Even though grid power has gone up by 47% my electric bill hasn’t been too bad. Sunny days gave my solar power a good boost. Of course, I’m not going to use electric heat when it gets really cold.
For that we have the woodstove. While I have some firewood I’m also using fiber blocks make out of compressed sawdust. They burn clean and hot. The price only went up by $10/ton over last year. Compared to heating oil it’s a bargain. The local lumber yard delivers it for free if you buy a pallet at a time.
I’ve friends who have no choice but to heat with oil. To make matters worse, their hot water is provided by the oil furnace. My hot water comes from an electric tank, but there’s a water coil on the woodstove that greatly reduces the electrical usage.
Personally, for some strange reason, I’m actually looking forward to snow this year. No doubt that feeling won’t last if we get back to back blizzards.