Update: Update: Our electricity this month (October bill) was $85.59 including the $26.92 service fee so energy use was 453 kwh (we believe we can get this down further). Since moving in July 19th - we have used our wood stove 5 times and 2
of those were to test the new woodstove with once to re-heat our house after our son decided at 6pm in the evening while we were out to open some windows he was hot - then left the house, not realizing that you can't just turn on the furnace! :-) The other two were after three days of cloudy weather. Today, November 21st we woke up to a house of 60F or 15C and now at 8:20am it is almost 70F with the sun shining. Weather today outside "Issued : 5:00 AM AST Wednesday 21 November 2012 Today Clear. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Fog patches inland early this morning. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High 6C. (around 40F)"
We are very happy with our building choice. Building a Passive Solar House: My Experience Shared