Well it was last summer that I replaced the AC compressor. I know that she didn't have any AC for two and a half months last year until I got it fixed. But that would have been on the YTD bill. For years they were on a budget of $125.00 a month and my dad kept telling me that if I were all electric, I would save money too. Last year it increased to $150.00.
He would always question me as to why I want to bother with all of the coal and wood, especially since my budget electric bill was $175.00 a month. I started to wonder too. But I was not comparing apples to apples, it's more like apples to grapefruits, regarding the different size houses, year of construction and insulation factors.
So to prove a point, I installed an electric hot water tank to a coil in the duct work of my house for two months. I was surprised with how well it actually worked. I couldn't believe how much heat that 50 gallon hot water tank provided. Then I got sticker shock when my electric bill came in at $1100.00 a month. Well, needless to say, it isn't there anymore and I'm back to anthracite and wood. That was an expensive experiment. Those two months of easy electricity could have bought me a whole winters supply of anthracite.
So after that experiment, my dad helped me out with a more elaborate anthracite forced air set up. But, hind sight being 20/20, I should have purchased an anthracite coal boiler. I'm happy with what I have, but there eventually will be an anthracite coal boiler along with the existing units. There is a nice feeling to know if there is no electricity, I'll still have heat and hot water through the gravity by pass in the design.