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Ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:12:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks to all that posted. It seems that everyone is pretty happy being in the country. WE would be about 13 miles away from town, the land we are looking at has nothing-I think I need to check the cost of propane tank, water (there is a water pit already), and then the septic and all the installation costs. We are thinking of putting the house quite a ways form the road so there is more cost for gravel and the lane/driveway.

I honestly think it will save us money in the long run-we are bad about eating out and out in the country we wouldn't be able to do that as often.

We now live in town in a ranch, the cost of heating/cooling is outragious-$200-300 every month. We would like a 2 story and with a newer unit to heat and cool we hope it is a little less but then we don't have the wind break either grrr. I keep going back and forth, I have always wanted to be in the country but I have nothing to compare it to except where I am now.

Thank you all for your advice and input-I will keep you posted :-)
PS-We are in Iowa :-)

ret    Posted 01-04-2004 at 14:44:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am a native Iowan myself, just where are you planning to move to? I sure can't see a two story home, those steps get longer when time catches up with you. Get a propane tank large enough so when you fill it in the off season, it will go most of the winter. In Iowa, that means a big tank. Own it yourself if you can afford it .Guess a stand of evergreens planted on the north side would grow faster than most any other kind of windbreak. With the modern energy efficent windows and newer type construction, you ought to do fine heatwise. Good luck

deadcarp    Posted 01-04-2004 at 09:20:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
iowa? why didn't you mention that before - i'd have felt sorry for you! lol - don't knock us minnesotans - we're still providing a wind-chill barrier between you guys and ontario! :)
one serious note - call the local power company and see if they charge by the foot for powerlines. (propane tanks are rented from suppliers for like $30/year)

ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 10:12:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HaHa you are funny.
Thanks for the input!
What is it like out in the country in the winter-since we have the same winters-cost of heat go way up? I am worried about hte expenses most of all and I think being out in the open it will be more costly.

Thanks again

deadcarp    Posted 01-04-2004 at 13:37:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
we heat mostly with wood, so colder just means open the draft some and stoke the heater more often. we do have a propane heater in the living room, but propane only runs the range and we take the chill off in the morning with the heater - maybe a tank/season, that was $150 last spring and we're down to 20% so i ordered more. without wood we can hop right thru a tankful in 2 weeks, so it does pay to keep the stove fed.

yep, everything helps. mature windbreaks help for about a mile downwind so plan your driveway/mailbox accordingly. even little things make a difference - if you had a cigarette-pack-sized hole in a wall, would you plug it up? sure you would. well if you have a typical crack around a typical door, it offers a similar opportunity for cold air to get in. same with windows, wall plugs and things like that. if you can feel a draft around somewhere, tend to it - it pays. oh boy i hate to mention this, but you wouldn't believe what i've sealed with duct tape. :)

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