how do you cook?
how do you heat water?
Maybe a wood cook stove in the kitchen would be a good addition?
You might think about converting to propane, really not that expensive.
Our retreat was all electric when we bought it.
2,200 sf with 1,200 upstairs and 1,000 partly finished basement.
Smokey Mountains area of TN, so temperate compared to Idaho, so YMMV.
Yes, we put in a wood stove because we have 70 acres of woods, but
we use propane for pretty much all heating.
we pay $12/month rent on a 1,000 gallon propane tank (800 gal really)
we are currently using about 300 gallons per year.
bought a cheap (no electronics) gas range for about $200 - wife likes it much better than electric.
then two propane space heaters.
living quarters unit:
, so that should work for youNFPA 54 states that air circulating (blue flame) type space heaters have at least 12 inches clearance from the heater sides and rear.
finally an on demand hot water heater:
pre SHTF we still use the electric water heater to preserve propane.
we use the 30,000 btu heater in the basement to keep that about 60 in the winter, have another wood stove to go down there, but have to construct a chimney first.
then we heat living quarters primarily with wood but only when the high is no more than 40 degrees because the wood stove puts out 110,000 btu which gets the house too hot - in those situations we use the 20,000 propane space heater in the living room.
I have also purchased adapters to allow me to fill 20lb and 1lb tanks from the 1,000gal tank.
Final propane item is a portable propane generator, but I already have a 6kw diesel genny, so the propane would be for backup and to use around the farm - that's why it is still on the wish list.
Probably this one:
propane is very handy in the convenience aspect. No wood to haul in and manage, etc. Frees up time now for other prep work, but in TEOTWAKI situation we would go wood as much as possible to make propane last.