Heating & Hot Water:
Heating is oil fired, hot water baseboard.
A 275 gallon heating oil tank feeds an H. B. Smith boiler, which in turn provides heat to the home's baseboards as well as to the home's potable hot water heater.
Secondary heat is provided by three stoves on the first floor, two wood fired, the third a pellet stove which is the most efficient and regularly used. There is also a functional fireplace in the second-floor master bedroom for ambiance.
Electric arrives through a modern, well labeled, 200 amp breaker panel.
A backup generator provides power during outages.
Siding & Trim:
The majority of the windows are Pella® thermal pane.
The first floor windows are over-sized, resulting in an abundance of natural light for the living and dining areas.
Ten, sizable windows make the second floor feel as bright and inviting as the downstairs.
Five skylights supplement two windows on the third floor.
Utility usage is presented in terms of amount consumed as opposed to expense paid.
Otherwise the expense variables of inflation, choice of supplier and market price fluctuation might skew your efforts to predict your future costs.
Consumption amounts shown are based on:
(i.) a two-year average; and,
(ii.) records provided by the commodity providers (except as stated).
Heating & Hot Water:
Heating oil consumption averaged 878 gallons per year.
The owners supplemented the oil heat through the use of an efficient pellet stove. They report consumption of approximately 200 forty pound bags of pellets per year.
Propane (for the range top):
The 2006 installation of 50 year roof shingles, which now have 75% of their life-cycle remaining, makes this home a prime candidate for a solar system. Tax credits are available and ownership options exist that can make the upfront cost very affordable.
Due to the existence of water supply and waste water pipes within what is currently a third floor storage area, it may be easy and economical to install a half bathroom on the third floor as described fully in the video below.