Alternative Heating for Renter

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by knittingmomma, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. knittingmomma

    knittingmomma Simple Country Living

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    WE rent our little village homestead, with the option of purchasing... but in the meantime it is heated by forced hot air oil (yeck!)...

    Any ideas of what we could do for a cheaper alternative for this coming winter?

    Thanks!

    Warm wishes,
    Tonya - Home Centered Mom of 5
     
  2. SolarGary

    SolarGary Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    You can find some solar space heating schemes on my site here:
    http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Projects.htm

    Most of them would require making some modifications, so you may have to make the decision about buying before.

    You could also look at more insulation, weatherizing, ...
    The current owner may be willing to help out with that?

    Gary
     

  3. Obser

    Obser "Mobile Homesteaders"

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    Knittingmomma, we heat our "home on wheels" with a catylitic propane heater. It is very economical, odorless, noiseless, and just plain nice.

    Local or state codes may prohibit any "unvented" heater, but we have experience NO problems in seven or eight years of use.
     
  4. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don't like forced hot air, but that is what you are stuck with as long as you are renting. How about a maize furnace? You could hook it up to the present system and just disconnect the oil furnace.
     
  5. farmerscotty

    farmerscotty Well-Known Member

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