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  1. Preparedness and Survival
    Good To Know Heating Cooking Lighting
  2. Utilities
    my tank hold's 275 gallons and it still had 62 gallons left before I had them top it off..this is really getting me scared of what we will have to pay the next time we need to fill it...We paid $3.05 a gallon and that's through small business guy and not one of the big company's we have...
  3. Success Stories
    You probably don't remember but last year after I bought my house I totally underestimated how much heating oil was going to cost me and I was freaking out about it. So what I did was last Spring after receiving my income tax check I put $1,000 in an ING account and $25 a week into that ING...
  4. General Chat
    has anyone purchased oil lately? I called today and the price was $2.79 gal! Holy crap thats alot! A year ago I paid $2.48 and this past Februray, the last time I got oil, I paid $2.64. I thought prices were coming down!!? apparently I've had my head in the sand when it comes to oil.
  5. Utilities
    We are having a weatherazation audit done right now. The guy has been here since 9am. We made the cut off by $2000. But the work that will be done is tons more. This house was built around 1865 or so same plaster walls. So the insulation is not real good. But better then we thought. found the...
  6. General Chat
    Hi im not sure im in the right section but i want to make the bean or rice heating pads that you put in the microwave for xmas presents i wanted to know could/should you wrap the inside of the frabric with stuffing and then add the rice? to make it softer? can you still mircowave it? another...
  7. General Chat
    I just called my fuel guy to get the current price for #2 and he said $1.98 a gallon..My tank will be filled sometime tomorrow..I was really happy to hear it wasn't higher then $2.00 a gallon..What a relief!
  8. Question and Answer
    We usually do, usually come out ahead, last year got BURNED locking in at $4 a gallon and then it dove back donw- but we can lock in at $2.399 now current prices are 2.099 (cheapest). I think we'll do it, should be a good bet this year oil will go at least that high this winter. Worth it to know...
  9. Utilities
    We have all electric including water heater. Our furnace the only gas item. We got our electric and gas bill/// GAS=$388.69 ONLY FURNACE IS GAS ELECTRIC=$ 133.25 WITH/STOVE FRIDGE/ LARGE FREEZER/ LIGHTS/COMPUTERS . So now i have big fireplace looking electric heaters also hooked up and...
  10. Question and Answer
    Hi! My husband and I are considering buying a space heater and have never had one, so we don't know what to look for. Our home has no other heating so it's been in the 50s Fahrenheit indoors this week and apparently will continue getting colder (this is our first full winter living here)...
  11. Appliances
    Last night, I was making brownies. I noticed when I was sitting in the living room that there was this huge flash of light, then went to check on the brownies. I noticed that the bottom heating element had some residue in one spot, and it was glowing bright red. It also was emitting sparks (sort...
  12. Question and Answer
    Do you know if it costs more to turn down the heat (when you're out of the house) and turn it back up (when you get home) than maintaining the indoor temperature? DH thinks the cost of reheating the house is greater and I disagree. Anyone know for sure?
  13. Utilities
    My house is a 1930 two-story, 1700 SF, brick, arts & crafts style bungalow. I live in the upper midwest and we have long, cold winters. The family: Me and my 5-yr-old dd and two dogs Gas heating: $113 per month, budget plan, heat set between 60 and 64. Floor registers that neither open...
  14. Question and Answer
    What do you use for winter heat fuel and how much does it cost per month or season? We use NG. We keep the thermostat set at 64 at night and keep the heat off during the day. House gets down into the low 50's in daytime. I usually turn on the heat around 9 PM and shut it down at 8 or 9 am. To...
  15. DIY
    We live in the snow belt and can get upwards of 18" of snow. We have a few weeks of HOT weather. I can manage ok, but DH does physical labor and would be so nice for him to have AC. We've had a few prices, but only one person recommended a heat pump. The concept seems good (green and $...
  16. General Chat
    Dh has an old acquaintance who wants to charge us about $4k for a new furnace. We have had another estimate for $2700 for just the AC condenser as we already have a coil in the furnace, it just needs to be charged. The first guy said our 18 year old furnace would not be compatible with new...
  17. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    I am contemplating what to do this year regarding home heating oil. Usually we pre-buy 800 gallons, but with the high prices, the pre-buy prices are essentially the cash prices. It just doesn't seem worth it to lock in at these high prices. I'm thinking of doing an 11-month payment plan at the...
  18. Frugal Living
    My friends and I have been talking about how we can majorly reduce our oil/propane use for heating our houses this winter. Dh and I are closing off part of our house so we dont have to heat it. That will save us over $1000. My friend is going to turn her heat down to 55 in her whole house...
  19. News you can use
    Northeast braces for home heating oil increases New Englanders struggling this summer to pay gas prices topping $4 a gallon should brace for more bad news home heating oil ...
  20. Utilities
    Does anyone have any heating suggestions for this winter? I am preparing myself and my family for winter. I know it is going to be a hard one this year. My gas bill was $350 a month last yr and gas hadnt even risen yet. YIKES! I will never beable to afford this yr! I have 2 toddlers and will...
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