But what to do? We’ve insulated. We have storm windows. We’ve added weather-stripping. We have a programmable thermostat. We have a fairly new and efficient furnace. Oh, and we keep the thermostat at a chilly 65 degrees during the day. There’s not much left to try to keep us from the agony of a heating bill that may top $2,900 this winter.
So we’re thinking outside of the box, or, outside of the furnace. The cost of oil has risen much faster than the cost of electricity—so much so that we’re taking a gamble that supplementing our heat with electric radiators will save us money this winter. A quick calculation shows that we might save up to $750, and who wouldn’t want to do that?