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Expected Heating cost for attached Northeast 3 family home
Hi I have a 3 family attached 20x60 home in Brooklyn NY. Building is 100 years old and is poorly insulated. Windows are drafty and there's no insulation front or back.
This is my first winter in the building.
I just got a new gas boiler. Burnham IN7. I have a steam one pipe radiator system.
I know I am cannot quote prices on this forum but I'm assuming energy costs are ok to post. If not I will reword the post accordingly. I apologize in advance if I've faux pas'd.
My bill for Nov 15 - Dec 15 was $621!!!! I was shocked. My prior bills were closer to $65 - some nominal service charge plus ~$50 to run the water heater. So the jump was $556. Is that even in the ball park?
I had the thermostat set to 70 for that time period. Now I have it running at 68/65. Day vs night.
I set a handheld thermostat in the 2nd floor hallway yesterday and it was a 72 degrees when the temp should be 68. There's a radiator on the first floor hallway.
Right now the 3rd floor is under construction so the radiators are turned off. The steam pipe suffices for heat. I live on the 2nd floor and there are only 2 radiators plus steam pipes. Thermostat is on the 2nd floor. I have a tenant on the first floor. He has 5 plus steam pipes. I recall him saying it was too hot at night when I first got the heat on. And he said he closed all the radiator valves. I also see him in shorts and a t-shirt the couple times I had to knock on his door.
I pay all heating costs.
Does that mean the thermostat calls for 68 and heats up to 68 near the thermostat and all the excess heat gets blown out the blow off valve at the top of the steam pipe on the 3rd floor? I'm up there working and sometimes I hear the steam pipe blowing off steam.
I'm going to clean off my tenants air vents today and open his radiator valves.
Any advice on how I can get my bill down?