We primarily are heating with wood. We don't have natural gas hookups so we are stuck with propane, which is $3.25 a gallon right now. (total up-the-butt pricing). Since we cannot afford to heat our house with liquid gold, we have our big Vermont Castings. Takes about 13-15 face cords per year to heat, which amounts to $700-$900 depending on the source. The last fill of our propane was $1150 and that would only cover us for roughly 1.5 months. Part of the reason why I cannot afford a replacement video card for my computer right now.
We still need the propane to get us through the coldest days when we are not at home.
Sooo... on another note, it turns out we have natural gas under our land, and even in our well water. We have been approached by a local NG company to sign off on the mineral rights. If we do, we get 12.5% of the well's production in $$$ and free NG for the house. Needless to say, that is pretty exciting if it pans out, as it amounts to quite a bit of money. A well only 0.5 miles away produces enough for $17K a year for the land owner. That well has been productive since '64.
Of course this lowers my incentive to go green, since I will HAVE to be hooked to the "grid" to receive money.
Back to the weather... It is now supposed to snow around 1 foot tonight, but be in the 50s next weekend. I hate winters like this. Give it to me snowy and cold.
And no, the snow heaps go wherever they wish. If I piled up away from the wind, the wind direction would just switch on me and dump the other field's contents into the hole.