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Old 01-09-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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Actually, if I were to use a tv or movie analogy, my work would be more akin to Rounders.

And speaking of work, I had another 4 hour session from 10am-2pm today and walked away with a profit of $404. So I guess that means I got a raise today from my previous $80/hr rate.
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No, I've never seen either one. WTH are you doing for that cash!


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Old 01-09-2014, 04:51 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Holy cow you're gambling? ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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During one especially cold winter month my electric bill was over $1,000.
Now I don't feel quite so bad. One week ago the oil company filled the oil tank in my basement with heating oil (I have forced hot air which comes from a furnace). The bill: $650. It will just one month, if that. My electric bill is usually about $100 - $140 a month, but during the winter even that bill doubles (more lights used, space heaters, etc.) I'm seriously considering converting to gas.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Yikes! Winter heating bills can be horrendous. A friend of mine retired to a rural area of western Pennsylvania where natural gas is not available, and he heats with propane. He said he took a delivery the other day that was over $600. I said, "Well that will last you a couple of months, won't it?" He said no, about a month. (I related that just to add an example to some of the posts here).

Those of us who live where natural gas is available should consider ourselves lucky, I suppose. Another advantage of natural gas is convenience; it's piped into our homes so we can't run out of it and don't have to worry about deliveries. I prefer cooking with it but that may be just because it's what I'm used to. I used to sometimes stay at my mother's place for a week or two at a time while visiting her; she had an electric stove and after a few days it didn't seem so bad.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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just moved into a house heated with natural gas. Haven't gotten a bill yet. Wondering if I should take a tranquilizer before opening it when it comes?
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:05 AM
 
Location: Florida
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It feels a lot worse when you get an oil delivery bill and the house is vacant.
I've judiciously kept quiet during the temperatures conversation but am unfortunately part of the crowd when it comes to the cost factor
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:55 AM
 
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just moved into a house heated with natural gas. Haven't gotten a bill yet. Wondering if I should take a tranquilizer before opening it when it comes?
How old is your furnace and what is its efficiency rating? That could make a big difference. When we first moved to Bethesda, we bought a house with a furnace from the 1980s and our heating bills would be as high as $800 during especially cold months. Sometime around 2005, we bought a new high-efficiency furnace and it cut our heating bills almost in half.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:13 AM
 
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Holy cow you're gambling? ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No, I'm not gambling; I'm playing poker.

But seriously, there is a difference. Poker is a game of skill that involves a great deal of math to be played efficiently. With gambling, especially against the house, the odds are always against you and you have a negative expectation. When I play poker, I expect to win and usually do. (Although not to the extent that I have been lately. It would be nice if I could always count on $80 or $100/hr, lol.)
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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So, I took a peek at my gas meter. Thus far, gas bill for 3 weeks should be about $257.00. (This does not include electric). One more week until the meter is read. I think my maximum bill, including electricity, will be about $450.00 (fingers crossed). After reading MMOB's post, I checked my boiler. Attached is a service sticker from 1989 and a "call for assistance" type sticker dated 1980. I suppose I'll replace the boiler if I decide to age in place.

Considering the unusually severe weather we've had for a few days, I'm not unhappy with the cost. A few years ago when gas prices were sky high, my bill would have been much, much higher.

*Of course, it probably didn't help that I left my fireplace glass doors open (no damper in place) during the worst of the cold spell. Darn! I didn't even build a fire, I was just checking it out to see if I could insert one of those balloon type draft blockers. Oops.
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