Hi all! I'm a homeowner from Upstate NY (near Albany). I currently have an OLD oil boiler / hot water heating system. It also does my domestic hot water via some heat transfer tank setup. Anyway I use roughly 1200 gallons a year to heat my 1200 sq ft house. The furnace is only 79% efficient as per the gentlemen that comes to clean it.
I would like to rid myself of the oil barons this year, and find another more cost efficient way to heat my home. I don't believe i can post what I'm paying for oil, but lets say its almost level with the mortgage.
The layout of the house is too small and awkwardly arranged to make decent use of a wood stove, but I've been looking into a wood pellet burning boiler made by harman. I talked with the gentleman on the phone yesterday and he thinks i would use about 4 tons a year to heat the house. The best part is I would leave my existing system in place as a backup.
Are there any other ways of heating the house that are more cost efficient than what i have now?
A little more info on the house - the attic has crappy blow-in insulation (i think that's what it is, its got like little pebbles and some dusty looking stuff). and i highly doubt the walls are insulated well. The house is about 50-60 years old. Everything is on one floor, with a drive in basement below, attic above is not used.
I would really like some information and some suggestions from those of you that know more about this stuff than I do (read - all of you). I consider myself somewhat handy, I remodeled the kitchen with just the help of a few friends, so I am able to understand and figure some things out. Anyone in my area that you would suggest talking to or getting ideas from? Thanks in advance!