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  1. Utilities
    Ok, I know I'm a complete skeptical. We run propane for heat. Last year it about broke us. This year I said something had to change. So, we have a wood stove upstairs so I bought a ton of wood to heat our house. The problem is our downstairs now is freezing because the wood stove is...
  2. Utilities
    DH bought me an oscillating electric heater for Christmas. (I have, honestly, the coldest hands and feet of anyone I know.) I've been using it almost every day to help warm my hands and feet up and the last two nights, I've kept it in the bedroom on a 'heat and save' mode. It'll heat the room to...
  3. Utilities
    ~We're still holding out here. I usually wait until the temperature in the house drops below 60* for more than 3 hours in the morning. It's been rather mild here this October and sunny which heats up my small house pretty well.~
  4. DIY
    I want to reduce the temperature of my hot water heater. The thing is that I dont know how. I looked at it and there isn't anything on it to adjust the temperature. Help!
  5. Utilities
    Does anyone have one? Do you notice a decrease in your utility bill? I did a search of the forum and found some old threads from 2008 when I am guessing these things first came about and the cost of one new was close to $2,000!! But now you can get them for $300ish (or more for fancy ones, I am...
  6. General Chat
    As if enough wasn't enough... now our hot water heater is leaking. I had to turn it off, which slowed the leak down to next to nothing. So I turned it on thinking maybe it was a pipe or something else. Nope, it's the water heater. So I learned how to do dishes without a dishwasher and hot...
  7. Appliances
    Situation: 1 spare small bedroom houses several small pets in cages that need the temps at 73F minimum. Last year, I kept the whole house warmer. I paid for it *grin*, ouch. House has natural gas furnace with programmable thermostat. I am looking for a safe space heater for this room that...
  8. Appliances
    Currently, we have an older 40 gal gas hot water heater. Our gas bill has been high ($200), & the probably from the water heater. Because of the gas bill, the age of the WH & the rust forming on the outside of it, it's time to think about replacing it. My neighbors recently converted from...
  9. Homesteading and gardening
    I'm posting in this forum because this is something that is probably more do-able for folks in the country. This is something that costs $20 to $200 to build, and takes a day or two to build. You burn wood, but the exhaust is almost room temp and almost nothing but steam and CO2. The mass...
  10. Green Living
    Does anyone here have a tankless water heater, or know someone that has one? If so, can you tell me what you know about the pros and cons of them - other than initial cost. Any help - GREATLY APPRECIATED! I think my water heater is dying a slow death and I am investigating putting a tankless...
  11. General Chat
    I read on someone's post that they cut off their water heater to save money. I want to know if that is ok to do that. I know we only need the hot water when we wash dishes and take a shower. Otherwise, the hot water tank is sitting there with hot water and energy being used to keep it hot...
  12. Utilities
    ~We haven't yet although temps are down to the low 40's every night. If it's over 60* in the house in the morning the heat does not go on! It's been 62* every morning so far. I'm really hoping to hold out until November but I'm feeling my age or something. I do not tolerate the cold well...
  13. General Chat
    ALL of my smoke detectors went off:eek: Its a BRAND new unit so I don't know what happened. The smell was horrible like something besides dust burning. I am still shaking after 30 minutes!
  14. Question and Answer
    Have any of you used a tankless water heater? Here's a bit of background. We purchased our home about a year ago. The tank-style water heater is the original with the home. Yes, the water heater is 35 years old. It seemed to be working fine. That is, up until a few months ago. It's also...
  15. Frugal Living
    We recently moved into a 1940s cottage and I do not trust that it's current gas heating system is going to do a very good job. We are planning on having to suppliment with some other type of heat. We own a kerosene heater that was in my parents home for many years. They may have used it once...
  16. Question and Answer
    If so could you give the benefit's to having one..Do you like it? Has it saved you money? My dh and I want to buy one for our new home and would like as much info / opinions on this as possible..TIA..
  17. Question and Answer
    Anyone have one?? They have one on sale this week at Aldi's . . . 1500 watt for $79. Do they put out a lot of heat? We were thinking about getting one to use in the room we are in (living room or playroom downstairs) that way we can keep the thermostat turned down--perhaps turned down even...
  18. Appliances
    I have a question for those who use humidifiers in their homes in the winter. I absolutely need them in our house because it gets very dry here in winter, especially with the heat on, and my skin and sinuses are miserable when it's too dry. Well, we currently have a large unit sitting...
  19. General Chat
    My hot water heater just went out and I am getting it replaced today. Would you get gas or electric? I have gas now and it costs about $20 a month to run but it won't be hard to convert to electric so which one do you think? TIA Andrea
  20. Frugal Living
    I've heard that you can save money on electricity by covering the water heater. I'm afraid this will start a fire. Do they make items specifically for this purpose or are you just supposed to use a blanket? Thanks!
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