Well, we just got our first propane fill-up of 2010. Usually by Jan. 12th, we would have had fillups totaling around 500 gallons. This year, we’ve had a total of 371 gallons – about a 25% reduction in propane use and a savings of $325 and 1625 pounds of carbon.
What we’ve done differently this year: We’ve kept the heat at 55 pretty much all the time and used wood to heat the living room evenings and weekends. We do still occasionally turn the furnace on to heat the whole house – maybe once or twice a week when it’s really cold and we’re only going to be here for two hours or something.
We also have the thermostat programmed to come on and raise the house temp one degree in the morning while we’re working out. Having the heat on makes it feel warmer, and we’ve learned that just getting the heat to kick on is sufficient to keep us warm in the mornings – it doesn’t need to come up to “normal” room temp. Keeping it to one degree also helps me not have nightmares in the early mornings, which beset me when I’m too warm while I sleep. 🙂