My wood stove is actually a flexible solid fuel stove. Wood or coal. I have been tempted to try firing coal just for the experience, but I think my inner hippie won't allow it.
@GeorgePatches I would LOVE natural gas. LOVE LOVE LOVE. However, the nearest connection point is like 3 miles away, and National Grid won't run that far for anything even remotely reasonable.
Hence, the air-source heat pump and solar.
The good thing is that New York has fantastic solar incentives - a 25% state tax credit (max $5k) and the NY Sun program (rebate of $0.40/watt currently) - which along with the 30% federal credit cut the cost of a system by more than 50%.
Just got a quote for a 9 kW system for ~$13k after incentives and tax credits. $1.50 per installed watt is cheap as hell, and once we make a few efficiency upgrades (stupid sill joists), I'm betting it'll completely remove our electric usage (or come damn close).
We'll see how the air-source heat pump stacks up as an alternative heat source. Geothermal is really just too far out of my price range to be viable, but an air heat pump at 1/4 the price might still be worth it.
It's either that or back to the propane co-op.