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Re: utility costs was: Another Question/Elephant Ears

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  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] utility costs was: Another Question/Elephant Ears
  • From: "Marge Talt" mtalt@hort.net
  • Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 03:17:25 -0400

It is terrible and I can hardly manage it, but there ain't a lot of
alternative at this point.  Yup, thermostats are tough for cats to
tamper with:-)

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
mtalt@hort.net
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> From: Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center 
> 
> Oh Marge, that's terrible, I could never manage those costs. 
Fortunately,
> as one person I can set the thermostat for 60  and the cats can't
get their
> paws on it.
> 
> Kitty
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 12:23 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] utility costs was: Another Question/Elephant
Ears
> 
> 
> > Well, Kitty, I've got oil heat on a budget plan that has doubled
in
> > cost in the last 2 years and leaped up middle of last year AFTER
I'd
> > gotten my budget plan for the year - that invoice was a shocker -
> > their prices went up so much they had to raise ours.  Our deal is
a
> > budget that gets sorted out in June/July and you either have a
higher
> > budget for the next year if you have used more than the budget
> > covered or pay the difference then to keep the next year's budget
> > number down.  That difference can be hard to come up with after a
> > hard winter.  If you want to feel good about the cost of your
> > utilities, try $465/month for heating oil alone.  Electric is
> > separate and keeps going up as well.  Water and propane for the
> > cooktop are also separate but billed quarterly.  Combined, they
make
> > me long for solar, geothermal, a well or any other means of
producing
> > light, heat and water that don't require forking out so much
moola!
> > If I had the wherewithal, I would get immediately get solar
panels to
> > create electricity as a first step and a geothermal system to
help
> > with heating, but that's a major pipe dream.
> >
> > My DH is at the point in life where he's always cold and jacking
up
> > the thermostat while I go around after him turning it down and
> > telling him to add clothes...he sits wrapped up in blankets if
it's
> > 70F in here - summer/winter.  As he basically spends his time
sitting
> > in his chair, he feels colder than he would if he were moving
around
> > at all; does not help the heating oil bill at all.
> >
> > A friend gave me a woodstove and I have to get someone to install
it
> > in this fireplace I have off the kitchen that otherwise we never
use
> > because it doesn't draw right.  Need to get that done NOW - might
be
> > able to hold down the oil use come winter.  Have lots of wood
that
> > "just" needs chopping into stove size bits, so could feed it and
get
> > a lot of exercise at the same time:-)
> >
> > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > mtalt@hort.net
> > Editor:  Gardening in Shade, Suite101.com
> > Shadyside Garden Designs
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> >
> >
> > ----------
> > > From: Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center
> > >
> > > I had a fairly high water bill too. Fortunately, my gas (heat,
> > water heater,
> > > dryer, stove) is on an 8 month budget from October to May, then
I
> > pay actual
> > > in summer when it's only about $15.  The water bill, which is
next
> > to
> > > nothing during the gas budget months, balances things out in
> > summer.
> > >
> > > Kitty
> >
> >
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