I've lived in the deep south all my life. For the last 35 years in the New Orleans area. Never even had winter clothes or coat. We got maybe one or two nights a year, in the 30s and the next day could easily be 80. I moved at Christams to an old, raised farm-house 45 miles outside of Baton Rouge, just across state line in Woodville, Miss. I'm starting to think I've moved to the north pole. It's been freezing every day (low 30s or 20s) - even had snow though locals said they hadn't had snow in 20 years. This skinny southern girl just can't handle much more of this freezing weather. I'm so cold I can't stand it. Plus, the heater than runs the 3 rooms of the home that we use most is on propane and is using 100 gallons a week at $3 per gallon ($300 a week) and the house still isn't warm. I can crank all three heaters up (other two systems are electric) and the house doesn't get warm. We bought free standing electrical heaters and put them in the rooms but they don't help much. There's a fire place in every room and we've tried lighting some but unless I practically crawl into it and stay there I don't get warm. Of course, my last home was state of the art modern - triple insulated - double pane windows and sat on a slab. This house is 100 years old with sagging windows, panes that don't even sit in window frames properly, doors that don't fit frames, raised off ground so floors are ice cold. Of course it was designed to handle the heat in the deep south and not the cold. I'm sure it will be great this summer - probably won't have to run a/c. My question, for all of you northerners or others who live in freezing areas is "How do you stay warm"? What can I do? I'm living in sweat suits, bundled up and shivering. I can't seem to function because all of my energy seems to be going to trying to warm up or shivering. Boiling myself in a hot bath is only thing that seems to help but I can't live in the tub. What can I do to get the house warm and to stay warm myself? I have a lot of outside work that needs to be done but I'm out there a few minutes and just can't handle the cold. At this point I'm tempted to keep my other home as my winter home and use this one for the rest of the year. Seriously, any advice on heating old homes? I've read posts about wood stoves and we're looking into pellet stoves. If the house were warm I'd be o.k. working outside because I could come in and warm up every once in a while but now, I come in and the inside of the house is colder than outside.