If the power goes out, so does the furnace at our place. We do have propane, but without electricity, the fans don’t work. The water heaters are lovely, they run on propane and after a cold day, a warm bath is wonderful.
We also have a fireplace and, while we can’t afford to upgrade to a wood stove insert right now, we are hoping to someday. For now, we spent July putting in 5 cords of firewood – oak, fir and pine mostly. This should keep us in fires for a normal winter. We are still looking out for some wood, but only if we can get it for free.
I was also able to pick up a lovely goose down comforter at a tag sale for $8.00. I soaked it an really hot water with a teaspoon of Dawn and 1/4 of Oxi-clean. It took a couple of soaks until the water stayed clean, then I threw it into the washer for a hot water wash. I did double spins with felted dryer balls (I added a couple of drops of lavender oil). The it went out onto the clothes line in the sun for a couple of hours before getting rolled up, stuffed into a pillowcase and stored in a cedar chest for fall. This brings us up to 7 down comforters in total which should keep us toasty warm the winter.