58 degrees north here. I live in a house on the side of a mountain, so you park above the house, walk past the door that opens from the outside into the attic, go down a flight of exterior stairs, walk into the main house, go down an interior flight of stairs to the basement/laundry room, and walk straight out of the basement/laundry room into the front yard. When it was built, the front half was heated by a woodstove and the back half by a drip-style oil heater, which was also the cookstove and water boiler. The oil heater didn't require any electricity to run. Now we have forced air heat from a basement furnace that needs electricity to run. Our backup is a wood stove, also in the basement. Modern insurance premiums won't allow for an upstairs wood stove. The cookstove and water heater are powered by electricity from a co-op. I grew up in the same town using propane for cooking and hot water, but it makes my husband nervous.