Have you ever considered the Prius as a great vehicle to drive out on the ice and use as a portable "ice shanty" for winter fishing? You got warmth, mobility, little pollution, etc. Drilling a 6" diameter hole in the floor board means you wouldn't even have to leave your Prius Fishmobile!An04Prius said:With natural gas and home heating oil prices skyrocketing, while gasoline prices are dipping a bit, I was wondering...would it be cheaper to drive around in my Priius keeping warm instead of staying home running the furnace ? Let's assume an average temp of 70 degrees either place one has chosen to "reside", and no heating at all in the place one has chosen to not reside. Adjustments might have to be made for places like Minn, where some minimum heat must be maintained to keep the pipes from freezing.
I need help. I havn't the vaguest idea how to start the calculation to determine this. However, I am sure mpg junkies on this site (for whom I have a great deal of respect for their ingenuity, numerical talent, chart making and record keeping patience) can come up with something for all of us to contemplate, with multiple variables at different price points for various heating fuels in the home and gasoline.
Of course, we will all have to individually weight the non numerical aspects for ourselves, for example, there are less entertainment & dining options in a moving Prius than at home (although a stationary one would expand the options).
I appreciate anyone who would like to take a stab at it.