It’s been cold and snowy like I haven’t seen it in a long time. Well ok, since last winter. This is GeoStudio One’s second winter and I have numbers! Last year on the coldest nights I used about 70 cents of electricity. (As an aside, yes it does seem cheap and the high insulation value and the size of the dome are key factors that kept that electricity cost down.) If this were a tiny house, your electric heating bill would be under $50 per month in the coldest months of winter. That’s not a fair statement though since after all the administrative fees and extra charges are added in it would be closer to $100 with a regular grid hookup. Which is a good segway into the heat source I got for this winter - a propane heater.
A tiny vent-free CSA propane heater, together with the 100 lb tank was a $675 investment. These however are one-time costs and there won’t be recurring administrative fees. :)
The fuel was an extra $70 to fill the tank on November 2nd and that tank was empty by January 4th. So my propane heating bill through at least one week of -25C temperatures was under $40 per month. And NO administrative costs. This little unit kept the dome roasty toasty 24/7 through the coldest days of the year including record-setting minus 37 on New Years Eve.
So my forecast for annual use would include no more than two more refills to take care of heating from January to October. That’s a rough average of $14 dollars per month. Not bad.
This heater (or one very similar) will be in the GeoStudio dome at the campsite, in Good Spirit Acres. Camping in comfort, that’s where it’s at!
Gilles Leclair is the founder of GeoStudios. Somewhat eccentric, fairly environmentalist, politically aware, he believes the world should have more off-grid communities... many more.