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Old 01-03-2008, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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So, if you pay for 9 months a year, you don't actually pay $500 every month? Sounds like our averaged billing here for electric. My actuals through the summer were $350-450, but I finally went on balanced billing and now I'm taking it $250 at a time.

I also will take into consideration that we are REPLACING our high electric bills for heating bills - not just adding to them. That helps some. And of course there's the lower property taxes there that will also help to balance out.
ok, just had the consult with DH....we pay $250/month on the plan we're on now, for 10 months. We're all ready ahead....started paying in September, but with the new boiler we're going to have a credit again this year on our account. I know it seems strange, but it's averaged, you're right--we don't pay $500 a month.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Nope, not strange at all. That's how we do the electric, but it's all 12 months. And we don't get a credit. We get an annual modification based on the previous 12 month's consumption. It usually goes up, I've been told.

$250 a month is going to be very familiar to me. I can handle that. Now, let's just hope prices don't go up much more before we get there! When can you start a contract? Or better yet, when is BEST to start one? Will there be a summer sign-on special or something?
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Ok, mini meltdown over!! I'm starting to breathe again!!

TXMOM, you need to get yourself a contract going ASAP!
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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Thanks, msina, I will try Morin's. Maine Writer, we don't have an alternative source of heat. I think what we are going to do is have a new furnace installed. Energy efficiency is a good thing. We keep it pretty warm in here most of the time (70), and I am sure our current furnace drinks the kerosene with wild abandon.

Thanks for all the replies. I didn't mean to scare anyone, but I just about had a heart attack when I opened up the bill. I knew it was going to be bad, but that is too close to 4 figures for me.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Jpurvis, I know that some places in the South use an electric furnace for heat in the cooler months, then get bagged again all summer because of the AC. I don't know what your normals are, but for my house (and this is only mine, others will differ) I pay about $180 a month for electric Winter or Summer. During the winter the heating oil can run from a low of 100 gallons a month to 200 gallons a month depends on how bitter it gets. So if the prices stay right where they are now that will work out to between a low of $279 a month to a high end of around $558. I heat from Mid Oct, usually to about mid/late May. For the last 5 years I have kept a record for this house I have used:
2001/2002 season: 727.5 gallons starting Dec 17th
02/03 season: 847.7 gallons starting Oct 17th
03/04 season: 658.0 gallons starting Oct 29th and ending Feb 23 because we moved to Michigan, (New furnace installed Jan 25th)
06/07 season: 708.5 gallons starting Sept 13th
07/08 season so far: 346.1 gallons bought, still have about 130 gallons in the tank.

I have an 81 year old house that is about 1900 square feet on two stories, single pane windows with storms, all doors have storm doors, enclosed porch both front and side which helps keep sudden drafts from entering the house every single time you go in or out. I keep the house at 68 from 6:00Am to 9:00 PM every day because there is always somebody home during the day with the youngest boys.

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Old 01-03-2008, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Hmm, don't they sale a pint additive that you can put into a 250 gallon tank of oil to keep it from gelling?

If you can spend less on fuel oil, and then $2 to 'treat' it, you may be far ahead.

Txmom- is it an old house? Any idea of how it is insulated?
Do you have wall mounted hot-water radiator base-boards? [the small fins get clogged with lint, so vacuum them out and they will be more efficient].

Have you noticed how some homes piled trash bags of leaves around the outside of their foundation?

We all do different things to help hold in the warmth.

Do you have any options for burning wood or coal?
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Thanks, msina, I will try Morin's. Maine Writer, we don't have an alternative source of heat. I think what we are going to do is have a new furnace installed. Energy efficiency is a good thing. We keep it pretty warm in here most of the time (70), and I am sure our current furnace drinks the kerosene with wild abandon.

Thanks for all the replies. I didn't mean to scare anyone, but I just about had a heart attack when I opened up the bill. I knew it was going to be bad, but that is too close to 4 figures for me.
I don't blame you for flipping! You and I are also used to keeping the thermostat on 70 to keep it cool. Our bodies are just acclimated to that temp. You may need to challenge your comfort level a little and pull that sucker down. I know I'll have to! Bundle up!

That's one reason I'm doing my homework now to learn about dressing warmly and comfortably before we move. All I know is how to keep cool - near nudity! This will be quite a new adventure for me.
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Thanks, messina, I will try Morin's. Maine Writer, we don't have an alternative source of heat. I think what we are going to do is have a new furnace installed. Energy efficiency is a good thing. We keep it pretty warm in here most of the time (70), and I am sure our current furnace drinks the kerosene with wild abandon.

Thanks for all the replies. I didn't mean to scare anyone, but I just about had a heart attack when I opened up the bill. I knew it was going to be bad, but that is too close to 4 figures for me.
I would really talk to a furnace repair tech [NOT A SALESMAN]!

Just because a furnace is 10-years old does not make it in-efficient.

He might be able to help, in judging if you would honestly gain anything from spending so much money on a new furnace.
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... All I know is how to keep cool - near nudity! This will be quite a new adventure for me.
Oh baby








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Old 01-03-2008, 08:06 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Hmm, don't they sale a pint additive that you can put into a 250 gallon tank of oil to keep it from gelling?
They do, but unless you get a very good mix when you add it, it can be dicey. It works Ok in the large volume of the tank, but once it gets in that little 3/8" copper tube to go into the house it still has a tendency to gel a bit, which can be a NIGHTMARE to clear when it is -30 with the wind chill hovering around -75, dark as the inside of a cow and about 3 in the morning. (Don't ask how I know these things, it might bring back bad Ju-ju memories of the winter I was going to save money and treat my tank myself). That is the day I had to change the copper delivery line into my house as well.
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