Art_Deco said...Your problem may be wall insulation, single-pane windows, and air leaks around all the doors and windows, needing thermal shades on windows. Solving that could represent a heavy investment of money. Other than that, all I can suggest is the economies I mentioned above. Plus we could also compare our kilowatt hour costs, because New Orleans may be very high, and that can't be helped.
i rolled R-30 level fiberglass insulation in the vast, spacious (enough for several more rooms) attic when i bought this historic home, i used most of one year's tax refund to have foam insulation spayed on the underside of the hear of pine flooring, have weatherstripped and covered the 1882 single pane windows with those shrinkable clear plastic sheets from the homo depot, installed a tankless "flow-thru" gas hot water heater, top of the line (in 2005) "high-efficiency" central air conditioning and natural gas central heat.
my digital "set back" thermostat is at 69 day heat/62 night heat. with the various ceiling vents grille openings adjusted, i maintain to within 1 degree of the thermostat settings in all the rooms.
the issues i cannot change lie in the uninsulated, plaster walls and the 12 foot ceilings in this old house. it takes a lot of energy to heat up these tall rooms! also, replacing the original circa 1880's single pane windows are forbidden by the historical home commission in this area.
for years, for decades natural gas rates were so cheap here, peeps would have small space heaters running wide open the 2 or 4 months of cold weather we have here and still only have a twenty or thrity dollar gas bill. the cheap winter heating months were our payback for the high constant use air conditioning bills of july thru october.
not no more!!!!
natural gas rates have skyrocketed here in new orleans for the last 5 years. my combined heat and electricity bill for a given january is as high as my constant on air condtitioning electric bill of a given august or september (our peak heat & humidity months here in new orleans).
ah well.........i knew what i was getting into when i bought this awesome, old, tall ceiling, victorian monster. somehow living in a house that has withstood every hurricane and weather challenge hurled at it in the last century makes me feel snug & secure.
as the wise man said "it is what it is"!