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Old 01-13-2019, 07:31 AM
Status: "Modern day Salem" (set 28 days ago)
 
Location: Colorado
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You think it's expensive now? Just wait until the idiots who want Drake gone get their way.
Umm...I donít think itís expensive, and getting rid of that polluting eyesore would be great for the city.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:44 AM
 
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Install some solar panels and a grid tie inverter. The inverter is tied into your electric meter and keeps track of how much electricity your panels produce and subtracts it from your electric bill. So you stay on the grid and nothing really changes except that you become a mini-utility that is generating power. There are also federal and state tax credits for the initial cost of your system and the rest gets paid for by the $ you save over time. Your electric bill is only going to go up without solar.

https://www.solarpowerrocks.com/colorado/
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:05 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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This is what happens when you have socialism.
Or, at least that is what certain right-wingers would say.
LOL.
Just wait until you get the bill for replacing the Drake plant.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Cos Utilties also has the Birdsall power plant and the Ray Nixon power plant along with several wind farms out by Calhan. They are evaluating a smaller, natural gas powered plant on the Drake site along with a solar farm that would have a significantly smaller footprint and impact to the residents of the area. Obviously it will impact rates, but the exact amount is still under discussion depending on which scenario is pursued.

Go here for renderings of this change. https://www.csu.org/CSUDocuments/drakerenderings.pdf
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Old 01-15-2019, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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OP have you considered downsizing? One person in 2400 square feet is a LOT of house.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:52 AM
 
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OP have you considered downsizing? One person in 2400 square feet is a LOT of house.
When I retire in a couple of years, I'm sure I'll have to downsize. But for now, when my 2 grown children plus their spouses plus four (and counting) grandchildren and dog are here, the house doesn't seem large at all. They're all here usually a couple of times a year. Plus, this is my dream house in my dream neighborhood (Rockrimmon), so I want to enjoy it as long as I possibly can.

I need better attic insulation, probably. I received some estimates on insulation last summer, which varied widely. Can anyone suggest a reputable insulation company, please? Thank you.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:29 AM
 
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When I retire in a couple of years, I'm sure I'll have to downsize. But for now, when my 2 grown children plus their spouses plus four (and counting) grandchildren and dog are here, the house doesn't seem large at all. They're all here usually a couple of times a year. Plus, this is my dream house in my dream neighborhood (Rockrimmon), so I want to enjoy it as long as I possibly can.

I need better attic insulation, probably. I received some estimates on insulation last summer, which varied widely. Can anyone suggest a reputable insulation company, please? Thank you.
Indeed, stay as long as you can... one pundit once said "living well is the best revenge" so enjoy it to the max.

Later on, consider taking in a boarder to reduce expenses.

My Mom hated selling her home when she was in her mid-80s, she wanted to stay there until she died but she couldn't take care of herself.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:25 AM
 
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When I retire in a couple of years, I'm sure I'll have to downsize. But for now, when my 2 grown children plus their spouses plus four (and counting) grandchildren and dog are here, the house doesn't seem large at all. They're all here usually a couple of times a year. Plus, this is my dream house in my dream neighborhood (Rockrimmon), so I want to enjoy it as long as I possibly can.

I need better attic insulation, probably. I received some estimates on insulation last summer, which varied widely. Can anyone suggest a reputable insulation company, please? Thank you.
My mom is in the same situation north of Denver- she is in an approx. 3,500 sq. ft. house in the country and she will make quite a bit when she sells in a year or so (they bought the place in 1975 on 6 acres outside Boulder).

Problem is she will make a lot of money but any new places that she will want will almost be the same cost as the old place, esp. in a nice area.

Thus the Colorado dilemma for people who grew up here or are long-time residents of the Front Range- you can't afford to stay and where do you go that is less expensive in CO.? Not everyone wants to leave friends and family where they have been their whole lives.

You may make a nice profit then have to roll it all over to a new place that is half the size or less (or less).

Most people would want a nice chunk of money in the bank along with the new "smaller" house.
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:42 PM
 
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LHS, having been through the travails of an aging parent I want to be sure you are aware of the pitfalls of having to "spend down to Medicaid" which can bankrupt a person. Issue is the $8k/month to pay the cost of long term care (LTC) in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Our family was unaware that Medicaid would only pay for LTC in an SNF if their net worth was $2.5k or below, i.e., functionally bankrupt. Your mom needs to have her 'elder law' documents in order so the estate can be protected, and often the rules require this be done 5+ years in advance of the need for Medicaid assistance. Rules may vary a bit by state, but if this matter hasn't been tended to by her/you then by all means I urge your soonest attention to protect her assets and desires for care in her later years.
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Riding a rock floating through space
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This is what happens when you have socialism.
Or, at least that is what certain right-wingers would say.
LOL.
Just wait until you get the bill for replacing the Drake plant.
Socialism has nothing to do with the fact that Colorado is the high desert and is in the middle of a decades long drought. There's hardly enough water to go around now, what's going to change as the population continues to increase?
I have no idea what the op is complaining about, even with the light way she lives, $166 is ridiculously cheap for a 2400 sf home for water, gas and electric. The 16 years I lived in Castle Rock my water/sewage bill alone avg was $135/mo and we were at the lowest usage tier.

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