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  •  You're missing "tip" (8+ / 0-)

    from your opening statement about the gulf disaster being the tip of the iceberg.

    This past fall I really concentrated on weatherizing my old house. I did it primarily because my oil bills are killing me and I needed to cut expenses. I haven't compared the full years bills to the previous one yet but I know I cut down my consumption a great deal.

    But this stuff has me dedicated to improving on my improvements yet again this year and cutting my consumption even farther. I hope to get to a point where I can replace the oil system with a geothermal system and be done with it completely but the investment money isn't there so for now I'll have to satisfy myself with cutting my oil consumption as much as I can.

    This shit has got to stop. - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

    by Andrew C White on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 07:05:09 PM PDT

    •  Thanks! (8+ / 0-)

      That "death by cut and paste" error -- I changed that sentence at the last minute.

      Thanks for all that you do.  :)

    •  Thank you for doing your part to reduce (2+ / 0-)
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      Any idea what your yearly heating bills total?

      A new boiler can be pretty expensive and  there might be other places you can cut oil use easier. Also many states have subsidies that can replace old ineficient boilers with much newer highly efficient ones. Also zones help no need to heat the  whole place if you are mostly in the living room kitchen. Also programable thermostat. Sorry if you've already covered all these bases, just thought it worth a mention.

      Plane flights and driving immeadiately spring to mind. I have an old 2400 foot house but we've cut back on our gas heating to the extent that further reduction of CO2 is easier to make other places for now.

      "Don't fall or we both go" Derek Hersey

      by ban nock on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 03:18:12 AM PDT

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      •  The furnace is only a couple years old (1+ / 0-)
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        as the old one died on me mid-winter. Unfortunately that meant I didn't have time to do the research and plan the replacement but took what was readily available and affordable to me on a days notice. The good news is that it is vastly more efficient then the old one (which was really, really old). The bad news is that had it not been an emergency I might have been able to do even better still.

        It's an old colonial house the same age as The Constitution give or take a couple years. We have three zones with programmable thermostats and two wood stoves. The very back of the house is only heated by one of the woodstoves so I guess it is actually 4 zones but only 3 off the oil furnace.

        I have to dig out my monthly bills for the last few years so that I can compare the difference before the new furnace, after the new furnace and then this last year after I worked at plugging some of the more obvious air flow and insulation needs. I know just from my lower bills that both of these made significant differences as my costs have gone down despite the price for oil having gone dramatically up. But I need to dig out the numbers and quantify it exactly.

        The main problem is the age of the house and the fact that there are still plenty of insulation opportunities available to me to work on heading into this coming winter. I hope to have a similar impact this year as I had last year if not even better. - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

        by Andrew C White on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 09:41:00 AM PDT

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