Skip to comments.HEATING FUEL HORROR STORIES
Posted on 01/26/2011 6:51:40 PM PST by Little Bill
I recieved a Propane delivery today at $4.04 a gallon. Luckily I am a Paraniod FReeper so the hit was $222 for 55 gallons
Before I took precautions I used about 800 gallons a year, Heating and Cooking, this price is insane.
Anyother horror stories out there.
The power bill for our all electric home is +/- $100 per month year round.
My oilcan of beer went from $1.99 to $2.29.
Iron City is over priced.
No horror story but here’s a parody song for ya! LOL
No horror story, but look at furnaces that can burn used motor oil. You can get it for about a buck a gallon.
We use natural gas for heating, last month’s bill was 242.00. Since this month it has been alot colder, just can’t wait to get the next bill!
Buy your own tank.
Well, let’s see: I just got a $394 bill for natural gas + $156 for electricity for December 20-January 20. We are in the countryside of Maryland about 25 miles from DC so it’s not all that cold. I kept the temperature at 60. Kind of frustrating because I can’t install a woodburning stove in my house without spending a huge amount ($10K) on carpentry, etc.
My sons employer, a fleet operator, does that along with several other people he knows, sounds smart to me.
Sadly things in America are only going to get worse. Seems like FR have a lot of Jimmy Buffett/Obama fans. Blame Bush according to Jimmy Buffett cause Bush caused the Gulf spill.
I installed a much more efficient heater. I just took delivery of propane before this last blizzard, and it was $1.65 a gallon. 159 gallons for 6 weeks of below zero weather. About $45 a week. Now that this is over, it will take about 250 gallons for the rest of the year.
Burning the wood stove like crazy with free oak that I split over the summer.
Plus new windows plus a new furnance three years ago
Save buckets of heating oil
Where do you live? I heat my house and water with gas and the bill is around $60 a month.
1. Obama is killing the dollar with his overspending,
2. the Arabs are laughing at any political pressure the US is threatening to hold the price down.
I paid attention to the usual small living people that post here, I installed two pellet stoves, I live in the Great White North and wanted to get away from wood. I also installed an on demand hot water heater, made a large difference.
Good luck...Sure hope it warms up for ya.
Where do YOU live? Do your outdoor temps range from -17 to +111 as mine do? Have been even outside of that range pre-steve86.
Buying your own tank isn’t a solution either. All the propane suppliers will charge for a “Tank Inspection” prior to the initial delivery. The fee is high enough to prevent the customer from shopping their business more than once a year.
I have been considering an on demand water heater. I have a new house and I am sure the water heater will be good for years but the on demand system seems much more efficient.
Western Washington, our winters usually are about 42 degree average....+25 to +55 in the winter I would guess. Our record low is probably 0. Summers are usually 58 degrees at night, 78 during the day. I guess that is pretty mild compared to you.
Some ideas I’ve heard. One was to get an interior room and heavily insulate it as the “warm room”, then let the rest of the house drop to the minimum temp. Sleep in the warm room, and hang out there during the day when you get chilled.
If you don’t have such a room, consider erecting a blanket tent over your beds. In either case, eight hours of warm a day goes a long way.
Added bonus. Put a squirt or two of Tabasco into your hot coffee. The coffee hides the flavor, but you get and stay warm and snug faster.
Nat gas water heat and furnace. Just had the furnace and ducts cleaned before winter and my bill for last month was ~175. That hurt a bit, but I have seen similar in years past with a smaller less efficient home (we just moved).
The furnace in the new home is about 5 years old (95% efficient). It cost roughly this much last year in the aforementioned house (650 square feet smaller and no basement). We also have more windows in the new home, so that hurts the heating bill a bit also.
My next task is to remove all the window trim and re-insulate around them with spray foam, but it takes time to get that done. There are a number of things you can do to help, but dang you’ve got me beat pain-wise the way it sounds.
Good luck to you!
Yes, I am only 200 miles from you but very different climate.
We’re paying about $300 per month for propane, and about $350 per month for electricity. In California, we get tagged $.31/kwhour because we are in the tier V usage, which does not take into account the number of persons in the house. So basically, the state of California persecutes large families, but gay couples can enjoy tier I rates. We’re moving....looking for a house with a wind mill, make CA pay tier V rates back!
The cost for production using our private fusion reactor doubled this month from $1.24 to $2.48 per kilowatt hour!
My brother in law just received an $824.00 electric bill. In Alabama.
$4.00+? It’s still under $2 in Iowa.
After my sticker shock from my first winter with oil heat, I took out a loan and converted the house to gas. I’m happy that I did.
That's basically the only way I can afford to heat water.
Installed ours in 1999; only maintenance has been an occasional puff of compressed air around the pilot flame (while turned off) to blow away cobwebs.
I did have to insulate better around the unit as it froze up during the aforementioned -17F. They are more susceptible to freezing since the water is only warmed while the unit is operating, of course.
Gas bill for December/January was $83. 949 HDD last month, the highest since I’ve been in this house. I’m not unhappy this time. We’ll see what happens when natural gas rises again.
“1. Obama is killing the dollar with his overspending,
2. the Arabs are laughing at any political pressure the US is threatening to hold the price down.”
Is everyone in America blind to the largest 800 pound gorilla in history?
(Peoples Republic of China)
We had best start paying attention. China is the threat.
And China is the reason our economy in imploding.
WE ARE SENDING OUR ECONOMY TO COMMUNISTS
Only $100 a month? Boy are you lucky. We live in sight of 3 power plants, yet our all electric home costs us $343 a month on budget payments.
Careful, be sure to select a foam with minimal expansion. The garden variety expands too much and may cause problems, including windows that wont move. You may also void any warrantee from the window manufacturer.
Our heat bill for last month was $343. That is for gas. We have the thermostat set at 66 degrees and I also used the wood stove some of the time. My husband comes home for lunch from work and always says “it’s freezing in here.” I wear layers.
The coldest I have seen here was -60, warmest over 110 (iirc 114). Normal temps range from low 100s in the summer to -35 or so in winter, not counting windchill. 100 year old house, last real remodel in the ‘60s. Best things I did were get new (Larson) storm doors and a snowblower which I use to build up a berm around the house about 15 feet out to deflect the wind. Heat with Natural gas with a late 60s vintage furnace, gas water heater, incandescent bulbs (the heat isn’t wasted). Bills average about $250/mo. year round.
150 gallons of fuel oil $451.77.
I have found that most propane suppliers are happy to deal with me in the off season. My tank lasts almost a year.206 is the higest I have paid in the last 2 years. Most people here are paying over 3.00.
consider the Russian chimney.
I have lived in a house with one of these. Once the mansory gets warmed up, it uses very little fuel, and the house bakes for the whole winter. Need to build the house around the chimney, but the whole house was toasty warm on even the coldest of days. On days that were warmer than the seasonal you would have to open the windows to cool the house down.
Yeah, watch out for bugs in heaters.
Few years ago, my furnace wouldn’t start up in the fall, and I eventually found the problem...
Some damn bug got in the main gas pipe going to the burner, and built a nest there. It wasn’t completely plugged, but it created enough back pressure that the gas valve refused to stay open (safety feature).
So do you both think that it is worth it to get rid of a perfectly good hot water heater in order to install the on demand system or would it be more cost effective to wait until the one I have dies? BTW, I am in Louisiana so no
-17 degree weather here....at least not until ALgore shows up!
My son in Mass, $310 for a 100 gallons.
We’re a pretty large user with 3 structures including our home heated with propane. We’re @ $2.50 where most are paying $4 about now.
1,0000-gal, 500-gal & a 600-gal manifold system. We use a lot of propane. We’ve told our supplier we want their best price or they can come get their tanks. You don’t have any more leverage if you own tanks the way they price their tank inspection fees.
You must be in the Spokane area, or Idaho. I used to live in Central Washington. That is a lot closer to your weather, but not quite the highs or lows. More like 0 to 105.
Where do you live?
My dad live in a old farmhouse in Central WA for a couple of decades...single pane windows and no insulation...his worst year was 1/2 that.
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