I shut mine down on April 1st.
Even though the temps were chilly for the first couple
of days, I want to see how much it will cost to heat the whole
month with natural gas. It is quite reasonable now.
Usually, this time of year, the house is just "too" warm with the
The higher sun, and warmer days, I am thinking, I can actually
keep the house comfortable, cheaper, with the NG.
By doing this, I will actually know, rather than theorize..
I've never shut it down on the first of the month.
We don't like the house 75°+, and I don't believe in windostats..
So... if I can heat the house for say 2 bucks a day with NG,
that will actually be cheaper than coal.. and easier..
Worse case scenario, I spend a few dollars more,
but start next season out with a little over a ton of leftover.