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  • Refrigerator magnets: New theory predicts magnets may act as wireless cooling agents.

    07/29/2014 4:34:39 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    MIT News Office ^ | 7/28/14 | Jennifer Chu
    The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers. The theory describes the motion of magnons — quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or “spins.” In addition to the magnetic moments, magnons also conduct heat; from their equations, the MIT researchers found that when exposed to a magnetic field gradient, magnons may be driven to move from one end of a magnet to another, carrying heat with them and producing a cooling effect. “You can pump heat from one side...
  • Heating pellets prove to be in short supply in NH

    02/27/2014 2:04:18 PM PST · by nhwingut · 31 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 02/25/2014 | DAVE SOLOMON
    Carol Newby's search for bags of wood pellets to fuel the family pellet stove took her on a tour of Southern New Hampshire last week, with little success. "We usually get them at the local Agway," she said, "but they were in short supply and what they had was committed to customers who'd made pre-buys." She was able to get a few bags at the Lowe's in Epping, but when she went back, they were out. After coming up empty at tractor supply stores in Epping and Hooksett, she tried a nearby Home Depot, which also had no pellets to...
  • Anyone know why hot-water radiators need bleeding every couple of days, temp 60-64?

    01/26/2014 9:47:40 AM PST · by EinNYC · 67 replies
    The thermometer in my home | January 26, 2014 | Me, Myself, and I
    Any FReepers have any idea why the radiators in my home are just sort of warm to the touch but not toasty? Or, even stone cold? Enough to cause 60-66 degree temps in the house, which is decidedly NOT comfortable? Is it bad valves? Bad boiler (but there's plenty of hot water from the sinks)? A bad pump? When the maintenance guys bleed the non-functioning radiators, hot water pours out, but the radiator was not radiating heat. Just as cold as stone. The maintenance guys told me that a "second pump has just been installed", but I am still forced...
  • Kasich: State of emergency for Ohio, National Guard on alert

    01/21/2014 6:28:15 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 38 replies
    http://www.wlwt.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Staff
    CINCINNATI —Ohio Gov. John Kasich has declared a statewide energy emergency for all 88 counties. The declaration was made in order to expedite the shipment of propane and heating oil to rural parts of the state. Kasich's declaration temporarily eases regulations on shipping companies and delivery drivers. They will be allowed to drive more hours and more consecutive days than they normally would, as long as they can still do so safely, the declaration read. Those longer hours are meant to help companies make the necessary deliveries of propane and heating oil to customers, as they are needed. snip This...
  • Improving hot water heating efficiency ... with cold water

    04/05/2013 10:30:55 AM PDT · by Freeport · 40 replies
    Gizmag ^ | April 4, 2013 | Darren Quick
    Apart from heating and cooling the house, water heating is one of the biggest energy drains in the average home. But what if you could literally use cold water to create hot water? That’s just what San Diego inventor Hal Slater claims to have done with the creation of a water heater system that promises to improve water heating efficiency by as much as 50 to 100 percent. The system works on the basis that cold water supplied to households in temperate climates averages around 70° F (21° C), which the researchers say is 15° to 20° F (8° to...
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • Northeast states cut heating aid to poor

    12/11/2011 9:30:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/11 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Mary Power is 92 and worried about surviving another frigid New England winter because deep cuts in federal home heating assistance benefits mean she probably can't afford enough heating oil to stay warm. She lives in a drafty trailer in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood and gets by on $11,148 a year in pension and Social Security benefits. Her heating aid help this year will drop from $1,035 to $685. With rising heating oil prices, it probably will cost her more than $3,000 for enough oil to keep warm unless she turns her thermostat down to 60 degrees,...
  • Utility company PROHIBITING illegal immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water

    11/08/2011 1:25:49 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th November 2011 | Nina Golgowski
    Utility company PROHIBITING illegal immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water or sewer service in Alabama... A major utilities company in Alabama is now prohibiting illegal immigrants from receiving electricity, gas, water or wastewater services to heated reactions on both sides, but they're just following the law. The Decatur Utilities company is now one of many in the state that follows the newly signed immigration law which prohibits business with illegal immigrants in the state or its subdivisions. 'We did not [originally] document or confirm whether or not they were citizens or aliens here legally,' Stephen Pirkle, Decatur business manager and...
  • Funding cuts leave many without home heating assistance in Macon

    12/17/2010 6:10:38 AM PST · by magellan · 54 replies · 2+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 | PHILLIP RAMATI
    When Eugene Jenkins showed up at St. Paul AME Church at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, he didn’t know he would be one of the last people to get a ticket for assistance with his heating bill. He waited in line until 7 a.m., when officials started to hand out the tickets, then went home for a few hours before returning at 10 a.m. By the time he had finished up his paperwork, it was 1:15 p.m., making for a long day. Jimmie Samuel, executive director of the agency, said the need for assistance in Bibb County has spiked, while the available...
  • Hundreds line up in the cold for help heating homes

    12/02/2010 2:16:36 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    As metro Atlanta's temperatures grow colder, the demand for heat is, well, heating up. A day after hundreds of people queued up outside a Marietta community center to apply for assistance with heat and power bills, hopeful applicants began lining up again around midnight, waiting in the sub-freezing temperatures for the doors to open Thursday morning. This time, however, officials let those in line come into the Mansour Center on Roswell Street an hour early at 7:30 and get relief from temperatures that dropped to 27 degrees. “We’re freezing,” said Lecher Eady, a Marietta mother who arrived at midnight seeking...
  • Will You Be Able To Heat Your Home This Winter? Millions Of American Families Will Not

    11/08/2010 8:58:11 AM PST · by WebFocus · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 11/08/2010 | Michael Snyder
    Will you have a warm house to come home to this winter? If so, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate. With the United States experiencing the highest levels of long-term unemployment that it has seen since the Great Depression, millions of Americans families are simply out of money. All across America this winter, families are going to be forced to make some heart breaking decisions. For many, the choice will come down to either heating their home or putting food on the table. According to the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association, more than 10 million U.S. households...
  • Wood stoves -- a viable home heat source?

    07/14/2009 1:06:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 54 replies · 2,525+ views
    American Society of Agronomy ^ | Jul 14, 2009 | Unknown
    MADISON, WI -- JULY 14, 2009 -- The stress of rising natural gas prices is leading many consumers to rethink how they heat their homes. For some this means moving towards modern alternative energy options, while others have been turning to a more traditional method for a solution to these rising costs. In Canada and the United States, wood burning stoves have been reevaluated as a potentially viable option for home heating. The case for modern woodstoves has developed with the improvement of the products on the market, as wood heating technology has substantially advanced in recent years. With the...
  • VANITY--Storage Heaters?

    03/23/2009 7:00:18 AM PDT · by McKayopectate · 16 replies · 523+ views
    Vanity | Me
    Sorry for the vanity, but I can't seem to find any good reviews/comments/opinions on Storage Heaters online. Everything seems to come out of England, and the last place I want to trust any info out of is that place. Here's the deal. My Mother-in-law wants to convert her basement into a livable space. She has baseboard heaters upstairs, but they're expensive to run. The electric company is pushing "storage heaters"--the kind where bricks are heated up and release heat at intervals so she doesn't have to use the baseboard heaters (which she'll have in the basement, too). Anyone know something...
  • Burning Coal at Home Is Making a Comeback

    12/26/2008 3:34:28 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 79 replies · 2,817+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 26, 2008 | Tom Zeller Jr. and Stefan Milkowski
    ... Aptly, perhaps, for an era of hard times, coal is making a comeback as a home heating fuel. Problematic in some ways and difficult to handle, coal is nonetheless a cheap, plentiful, mined-in-America source of heat. And with the cost of heating oil and natural gas increasingly prone to spikes, some homeowners in the Northeast, pockets of the Midwest and even Alaska are deciding coal is worth the trouble. Burning coal at home was once commonplace, of course, but the practice had been declining for decades. Coal consumption for residential use hit a low of 258,000 tons in 2006...
  • High natural gas costs expected to boost heating bills this winter (Pelosi's commonsense plan?)

    07/07/2008 4:32:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 93+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7/06/08 | THOMAS CONTENT
    High natural gas costs expected to boost heating bills this winterBy THOMAS CONTENT tcontent@journalsentinel.com Posted: July 6, 2008 Consumers should expect energy price sticker shock to continue well past the summer driving season, as pain at the pump is poised to give way to furnace frustration next winter. The price of gasoline, above $4 for the past month, is on people’s minds — and it’s visible at nearly every major intersection. But another energy jolt may be coming as the price of natural gas, the primary fuel used to heat Wisconsin homes, is at historic highs for this time of...
  • It's only July, but if you haven't bought your stove and fuel for the winter, you may be too late.

    07/06/2008 1:19:47 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 26 replies · 530+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | July 06, 2008 | TUX TURKEL and TOM BELL
    Summer has barely begun, but Maine residents looking to install wood heating systems this winter may already have waited too long, stove dealers and firewood suppliers say. Stoves that burn firewood are available, but finding the logs will be difficult. Wood pellets are in good supply – for now. But the special stoves that burn them are largely sold out. With home heating oil averaging well above $4 a gallon, many Mainers are desperate to find a more affordable way to stay warm this winter. For households that have done nothing so far, however, lining up a stove and fuel...
  • American West Heating Nearly Twice As Fast As Rest Of World, New Analysis Shows

    03/30/2008 9:42:15 AM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,107+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-30-2008 | Natural Resources Defense Council.
    American West Heating Nearly Twice As Fast As Rest Of World, New Analysis ShowsColorado River, Utah. The West's most pronounced temperature increase is in the Colorado River basin, which has warmed more than twice as much as the global average, with effects that put at risk a major water supply. (Credit: iStockphoto/Eric Foltz) ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2008) — The American West is heating up more rapidly than the rest of the world, according to a new analysis of the most recent federal government temperature figures. The news is especially bad for some of the nation’s fastest growing cities, which receive...
  • Congress urged to help more pay heating bills[Stimulus Package]

    01/31/2008 9:00:34 AM PST · by BGHater · 17 replies · 62+ views
    Reuters ^ | 30 Jan 2008 | Tom Doggett
    Home heating oil dealers on Wednesday urged Congress to put extra money in the U.S. economic stimulus package to fully fund a program that helps poor families pay their expensive winter heating bills. The New England Fuel Institute and the Petroleum Marketer's Association of America asked lawmakers to back a proposal to add $3.6 billion to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as part of the stimulus package that will send rebates to taxpayers to spur the economy. "No one should have to choose between putting food on the table or staying warm," said Shane Sweet at the...
  • Need advice for heat pump (vanity)

    01/21/2008 8:58:35 AM PST · by DeLaine · 24 replies · 1,020+ views
    DeLaine
    I have a heat pump (Ruud) and it's normally in good working order. I had it worked on and checked two months ago, it's not low on freon. It's frozen over. I am too. I turned on the emergency heat but that only keeps it about 62 in here. This has been going on for 4 days and there's no end in sight. There's frost and ice all over the unit outside, I have been calling heating companies and no one can come yet. I went and bought a heater from Walmart, but it isn't putting out any heat to...
  • New use for heat from asphalt

    01/02/2008 2:51:34 PM PST · by fishhound · 56 replies · 53+ views
    Times of India ^ | 2 Jan 2008, 0050 hrs | n/a
    SCHARWOUDE (NETHERLANDS): If you've ever blistered your bare feet on a hot road you know that asphalt absorbs the Sun's energy. A Dutch company is now siphoning heat from roads and parking lots to heat homes and offices. As climate change rises on the international agenda, the system built by the civil engineering firm, Ooms Avenhorn Holding BV, doesn't look as wacky as it might have 10 years ago when first conceived. Solar energy collected from a 200-yard stretch of road and a small parking lot helps heat a 70-unit four-story apartment building in the northern village of Avenhorn. An...
  • Pols target tax on home heating (boomers on blood thinners hardest hit)

    12/04/2007 8:08:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1,134+ views
    Silive.com ^ | 12/01/07 | TOM WROBLESKI
    Pols target tax on home heatingSavings to hard-pressed New Yorkers would amount to $300M Saturday, December 01, 2007 By TOM WROBLESKI STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The unseasonably warm weather Staten Island has seen lately doesn't mean that homeowners aren't feeling the pinch of rising energy costs. Before the cold weather settles in for good and really drives up the price of heating oil and gas, three Republican lawmakers are calling on the City Council to eliminate the 4 percent tax on home heating fuel. "Talk is cheap," said state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-South Shore). "To reduce the skyrocketing cost of...
  • Ancient 'Ondol' Heating Systems Discovered In Alaska

    06/26/2007 2:32:13 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 1,850+ views
    Ancient 'Ondol' Heating Systems Discovered in Alaska What are believed to be the world's oldest underfloor stone-lined-channel heating systems have been discovered in Alaska's Aleutian Islands in the U.S. The heating systems are remarkably similar to ondol, the traditional Korean indoor heating system. The word ondol, along with the word kimchi, is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. The ondol heating system is widely recognized as Korean cultural property. According to "Archaeology", a bi-monthly magazine from the American Archaeological Society, the remains of houses equipped with ondol-like heating systems were found at the Amaknak Bridge excavation site in Unalaska, Alaska....
  • Central Heating Question

    01/18/2007 1:57:36 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 31 replies · 756+ views
    What would be the cause of this? My cousin has central heating (no gas) and when she turns her heat on above 65 degrees, the entire house smells of sewage. She has had it checked but nobody can tell her what the cause of this is. Anyone care to take a guess as to the culprit?
  • Self-Cooling Soda Bottles? [thin-film technology may make conventional A/C obsolete]

    07/11/2006 3:21:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies · 1,383+ views
    Researchers work to shrink technology that harnesses sun's energy to both heat and coolEvery day, the sun bathes the planet in energy--free of charge--yet few systems can take advantage of that source for both heating and cooling. Now, researchers are making progress on a thin-film technology that adheres both solar cells and heat pumps onto surfaces, ultimately turning walls, windows, and maybe even soda bottles into climate control systems. On July 12, 2006, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researcher Steven Van Dessel and his colleagues will announce their most recent progress--including a computer model to help them simulate the climate within...
  • Chavez's New Weapon: Low Priced Oil for US

    12/12/2005 9:33:28 AM PST · by proud_yank · 16 replies · 749+ views
    Newsweek/MSNBC.com ^ | dec 12, 2005 | Joseph Contreras and John Barry
    Dec. 19, 2005 issue - Applause and cheers welcomed the Citgo truck as it pulled up at a South Bronx curbside one icy morning last week. The 9,500-gallon tanker was on a mission for one of the Bush administration's most stubborn adversaries in the Western Hemisphere, but the crowd didn't seem to mind. The big thing was that Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez, was making good on his promise to help some of New York's poorest residents get through a winter of record-setting oil prices. The Venezuelan firm Citgo has agreed to supply 8 million gallons of heating oil to...
  • Maine braces for fuel shortfall (Chill Brrrrrrrr)

    09/30/2005 8:22:32 AM PDT · by SheLion · 101 replies · 1,919+ views
    AUGUSTA - A legislative panel learned Thursday the Baldacci administration is preparing for fuel shortages and considering emergency state allocations to help prop up programs that provide relief from rising heating oil costs. The Legislature's Appropriations Committee also was informed of shortfalls within one of the state's most popular heating programs that provides financial assistance to Maine's poorest residents. Dale McCormick, director of the Maine State Housing Authority, asked lawmakers to consider an emergency funding request of $10.2 million from the state's General Fund to bolster insufficient federal revenues. "This is not going to be a good year for Maine...
  • Blast from the past - More Vermonters will heat with coal due to fuel prices

    09/13/2005 8:26:28 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 14 replies · 2,406+ views
    Rutland Herald ^ | September 11, 2005 | JOSHUA LARKIN
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. The nip of autumn has been in the air the past few mornings. And as the temperature drops, thermostats get bumped up, an extra log might get tossed into the stove and increasingly, a few extra chunks of coal are being dropped into hoppers. That's because as the prices of oil, gas and firewood continue to climb, coal dealers say more and more people are returning to grandpa's heating fuel: coal. "This fall, I would say with the price of gasoline up and the price of home heating oil up, we're...
  • Oil Companies Limited Refining Capacity to Drive Up Gas Prices

    09/08/2005 7:01:08 AM PDT · by cogitator · 159 replies · 6,154+ views
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today exposed internal oil company memos that show how the industry intentionally reduced domestic refining capacity to drive up profits. The exposure comes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as the oil industry blames environmental regulation for limiting number of U.S. refineries. The three internal memos from Mobil, Chevron, and Texaco (available at http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/fs/ show different ways the oil giants closed down refining capacity and drove independent refiners out of business. The confidential memos demonstrate a nationwide effort by American Petroleum Institute, the lobbying...
  • Analysts see Katrina as `perfect storm' for already high energy prices

    08/28/2005 2:56:47 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 17 replies · 850+ views
    WPTV Florida ^ | 28 August 2005 | Justin Bachman
    With crude oil prices already at record levels, a hurricane targeted the heart of America's oil and refinery operations Sunday, shutting down an estimated 1 million barrels of daily production and threatening to curtail refining activity in the region. Katrina, a Category 5 storm expected to strike near New Orleans early Monday, was churning through the Gulf of Mexico. The area is crucial to the U.S. energy infrastructure _ offshore oil and gas production, import terminals, pipeline networks and numerous refining operations throughout southern Louisiana and Mississippi. [. . .] The U.S. has ample crude oil supplies, even if major...
  • Combination power-heat system created

    08/14/2005 6:27:59 AM PDT · by HangnJudge · 30 replies · 890+ views
    OAK RIDGE, TN, United States (UPI) -- U.S. grocery stores, schools, hotels and hospitals are likely candidates for a high-efficiency system that provides heating, cooling and electric power. The PureComfort system -- developed through a partnership between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and United Technologies Research Center -- features a combination of 60-kilowatt microturbines and a new direct exhaust-fired double-effect absorption chiller-heater that recycles exhaust streams. The system provides simultaneous electric power and cooling. Bob DeVault of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory`s Engineering Science and Technology Division said the system could be configured to provide emergency backup power to the customer...
  • N. Korea: Indoor Green House for Surviving Cold(sad life in Pyongyang)

    02/24/2005 7:43:05 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 1,019+ views
    NKGulag ^ | 02/24/05 | N/A
    /begin my translationIndoor Green House for Surviving Cold Heating and Power is gone in ordinary households in Pyongyang. Under the circumstance, their best heating option is to install "indoor green house"(using plastic sheets) and live inside it. Pyongyang residents, surviving cold in an indoor green house In Pyongyang, many residences are multi-story buildings. As a result, most of them use central heating system. In provinces, each household has its own heating system, and different kinds are available. That is, they could use coal, brown coal, or firewood, to keep warm. However, in case of central heating, if power plant is...
  • The Patriot Do-It-Yourself Hybrid Home Heating System (Vanity)

    09/25/2004 10:24:59 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 33 replies · 1,363+ views
    Heating season is close upon us. For those who have oil heat, every time we fill up our tank with heating oil, we are funding terrorists. In many instances, conversion to another source of heat is uneconomic and impractical. What to do? The system suggested below can help people who have oil heat materially reduce their oil consumption in an economically practical manner, by using the same principle as is being now introduced in hybrid-powered cars. The idea is to use the oil fired central heating plant to heat the home to 50 or 55 degrees, and use inexpensive and...
  • Forget Iraq; find a way to ease gas price crunch (Idiot Extraordinaire)

    05/26/2004 9:23:13 AM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 10 replies · 142+ views
    Poughkeepsie Journal ^ | 05/23/04 | David A. Soyka
    Found this on today's "Best of the Web" Forget Iraq; find a way to ease gas price crunch It just doesn't seem fair. First we have a cold winter and high heating oil prices. Now, with summer coming on, gas prices are going through the ceiling. I was planning on driving across country this summer. Now what? Instead of taking over Iraq, why didn't our leaders take over a country that had a lot of oil instead? David A. Soyka, Poughkeepsie
  • It's all about Oil & Gas

    01/01/2004 9:25:49 AM PST · by BOBTHENAILER · 20 replies · 315+ views
    CBS.MarketWatch.Com ^ | 12-31-03 | Myra P. Saefong
    Natural-gas futures up 29% for '03 Crude up 4% for the year; cattle down 20% in 5 sessions By Myra P. Saefong, CBS.MarketWatch.com Last Update: 3:53 PM ET Dec. 31, 2003 SAN FRANCISCO (CBS.MW) -- Even after suffering a drop of as much as 18 percent in the last three weeks, natural-gas futures ended the year with a 29 percent gain. CBS MARKETWATCH TOP NEWS Rambus ends higher again; chip index up 76% for '03 For fund investors, a memorable year ADRs end best year since 1999, up 33% U.S. stocks end 2003 with first gain in four years Cattle...
  • The Truth About The American Energy Crisis - A Lovely Lump Of Coal

    12/05/2003 5:38:16 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 22 replies · 365+ views
    A Lovely Lump of CoalAccording to tradition, if one has been a bad little boy or girl, Santa will leave a lump of coal in your stocking. The Greens targeted coal along with virtually every other source of energy as "dirty" and, frankly, the truth about coal needs to be told lest we forget what a bounty we have in this nation and how well it serves us all.I am old enough to recall shoveling coal into a furnace to heat my home before we switched to natural gas. Back in the 1940s and 50s, many homes still relied on...
  • Natural Gas storage catching up, but spikes expected in prices this winter

    10/02/2003 1:32:47 PM PDT · by topher · 2 replies · 167+ views
    I am just taking some key statistics from the week page and headlines. you can go to http//www.platts.com if you want more information. For example, you would click on Natural Gas for just Natural Gas news... Working Storage for Natural Gas (by Department of Energy this week): 2.788 Trillion Cubic Feet this week 3.020 Trillion Cubic Feet last year for the same week. Deficit from year ago is 250 billion cubic feet (same week) for this current week. Last week the deficit was just over 300 billion cubic feet comparing this year's levels to previous year's for LAST WEEK. At...
  • Natural Gas Prices Hit Record Highs

    02/25/2003 1:47:16 PM PST · by RCW2001 · 18 replies · 223+ views
    By Joseph Silha NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. spot natural gas prices spiked to record highs on Tuesday as a bitterly cold winter season in the eastern U.S. has sapped natural gas supplies, setting the stage for higher energy bills this year, analysts said on Tuesday. A steady flow of arctic air has forced consumers to crank up furnaces this winter as early predictions that a mild, El Nino winter season would slow heating demand have long been forgotten. "We went into the heating season with unusually high stocks, but winter started early and hasn't stopped," said Don Murry, vice...
  • Mainers face higher prices for heating oil~They target us everytime. Worse in northern Maine!

    01/05/2003 10:38:41 AM PST · by SheLion · 43 replies · 1,108+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 5 January 2003
    <p>AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Heating oil prices in Maine have climbed to a statewide average of $1.32 a gallon amid strikes by Venezuelan oil workers and the looming threat of war with Iraq.</p> <p>The average price as December drew to a close represents an increase of 11 cents since the beginning of the month and was 21 cents higher than in the same period last year, the Maine State Planning Office said.</p>
  • 'So cold, so fast', White House plan to slash heating grants worries aid groups

    12/12/2002 5:13:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies · 142+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12-12-02 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    <p>"I never want to go through that again. It got so cold, so fast," said the 66-year-old retired school custodian.</p> <p>Evans had fallen $225 behind on his electric bill and the utility had turned off the electricity. But the power was turned on the next day after Evans applied for and received an emergency government grant that paid off his delinquent bill.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-08-02

    10/07/2002 9:13:18 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 273+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-08-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 October 8 The X-Ray Jets of XTE J1550 Image Credit: CXC, NASA; Illustration Credit: M. Weiss (CXC) Explanation: The motion of ultra-fast jets shooting out from a candidate black hole star system have now been documented by observations from the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory. In 1998, X-ray source XTE J1550-564 underwent a tremendous outburst. Jets of material sent streaming into space at near light-speed impacted existing gas...