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Old 07-31-2008, 03:55 PM   #41
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I've got a 3000 sq foot house built in 1887 with lots of drafts. I try to seal things up real well and keep the thermometer at 55-60 during the winter.

I have tankless hot water that runs off the oil buring furnace, so I use oil all year.

My budget plan last year was $260/month. This year it's $415/month!!!

I see space heaters in my future.
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:03 PM   #42
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I see space heaters in my future.
Run that by your homeowners insurance agent...They may not cover you!
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:09 PM   #43
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Run that by your homeowners insurance agent...They may not cover you!
That's a good point.

I'll dig out my policy and see if it says anything.
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:15 PM   #44
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I just got my NG bill yesterday. It was $42. I was locked in at $1.09 per therm but my contract is now expired and they want to know if I want to lock in at $1.70 per therm for another 6 to 12 months. I don't use much NG in the summertime, cooking and hot water is about it but I do in the wintertime. I don't know what to do...I would hate to lock in when gas prices are starting to drop a bit. Anyone have any thoughts on when I should lock in?
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:39 PM   #45
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You can set when you want the heat to come on and turn off...and what temp.


The thermostats can be purchased at any home center for $40-80, give or take. Most of the newer ones come with a preprogramed schedule that is supposed to be the most economical.

What was I thinking?


um....


we don't exactly have "automatic" heat

But thanks anyway!
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:49 PM   #46
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What was I thinking?


um....


we don't exactly have "automatic" heat

But thanks anyway!
It's very simple to install and replaces your exsisting thermostat. You don't need any fancy heating system or anything. Just a screwdriver.
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:50 PM   #47
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I think you are missing her humor Jeekinz. A thermostat won't do much good on her wood burning stove.
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We heat entirely with wood, and it is not free. We pay real estate taxes on our 50 acre woodlot, which BTW is way more than we need, I think 2 acres would be plenty. Our house is superinsulated and requires little in the way of a heat source. We maintain two large chainsaws which run on oil and gas. But the biggest expense is the time it takes dh to fell, cut and haul the wood with a tractor. This is time he can not draw any salary. I assume we save a great deal of money by heating with wood over having to pay for oil or electricity, but it is not free.

Hey, Jeekins!
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I think you are missing her humor Jeekinz. A thermostat won't do much good on her wood burning stove.
I'm tired, and it's past 4:30.


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Old 07-31-2008, 08:54 PM   #50
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WOW, that's huge!

My jaw bounced off the floor a couple weeks ago when I got a $257 electric bill for my little condo. It's a lot warmer in here these days.

I can't imagine what the heating season will bring.
my electric bill for a two bedroom mobile home was 190.00 for a month.

out of sight, then comes winter and the gas goes sky high. i try to be Conservative with it,but there u are.

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