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Old 03-20-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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Just curious what your experiences have been. This was our first winter in PA. We have electric baseboard heat, and Met-Ed told me that for every degree the outside temperature drops, the electric bill goes up 3%. Not sure if that is accurate, but it made me wonder how dramatic the heating bill increases were for you all this winter compared to a more typical NEPA winter.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Exactly the same as it has been every winter but I constantly inspect the house for drafts and fix them. I redid my whole bedroom by adding foam insulation and more sheetrock and put in new windows. Good insulation goes a long way.
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:13 PM
 
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Not a whole lot more and since I use coal exclusively even if it doubled I'd still be paying less than most people. While on th topic this is another great thing about coal, the price is generally stable. I have resords going back to the late 70's and overall it has slightly outpaced the cost of living and most of that is in recent years.
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:57 AM
 
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Higher. Forced air. Heating company called us last month and said we needed to increase the $200 a month budget plan payment to avoid a big final bill come May.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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I don't know yet how much we used. I got an oil delivery of about 284 gallons in early December and I'll get another one some time in early summer. I'm on will-call, not budget.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Two months and nine days cost us $1,026 for 289 galleons of fuel oil. We just received fuel the 1st of March. We have baseboard hot water. Of course it depends on the size of your house and your insulation package. Fortunately we were prepared for the bill - many were not. It is a lot of money to lay out when you also have to worry about all the other cold weather problems.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I live in Southwestern PA, but our Winter has been comparable to the winter NEPA has had thus far (we had snow yesterday, too, to add insult to injury!) My heating bills (gas) have been much higher this winter than in any other winter since I moved here in 2010. We have had two months now where our gas bill was ~$250 to heat a 1-BR apartment that is mid-block in a rowhome neighborhood (and on the second floor at that). I'm looking forward to summer because even when running our window A/C unit at full-blast our electric bill never even comes close to anything that severe. I had budgeted for $150/month for our gas bills this winter, so I've had to cut back with my discretionary spending elsewhere in order to offset the overage.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:16 PM
 
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Gas, circulating hot water baseboard, city of Wilkes-Barre, cost an extra $200 this year
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:30 AM
 
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It's been slightly less since I went on budget plan last year. Propane gas furnace. This was a rough winter no doubt.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:53 AM
 
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I live in Southwestern PA, but our Winter has been comparable to the winter NEPA has had thus far (we had snow yesterday, too, to add insult to injury!) My heating bills (gas) have been much higher this winter than in any other winter since I moved here in 2010. We have had two months now where our gas bill was ~$250 to heat a 1-BR apartment that is mid-block in a rowhome neighborhood (and on the second floor at that). I'm looking forward to summer because even when running our window A/C unit at full-blast our electric bill never even comes close to anything that severe. I had budgeted for $150/month for our gas bills this winter, so I've had to cut back with my discretionary spending elsewhere in order to offset the overage.
Are you on the top floor of your row house? Are the windows double glazed and what type of insulation is in the house? The $250 per month heating cost seems excessive, especially with the low price of natural gas.
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