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  •  Here's hoping you guys can supply them, (2+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, radical simplicity

    one way or another. I've been in the position of having to trim seasonally-necessary heating to save on my energy bill, and freezing my knuckles solid as a result. (I have arthritic hands, and if I wanted to do my coursework I couldn't wear gloves.)

    For better or for worse, though, you couldn't set the thermostat any lower than 50 F, and at 40F the all-electric HVAC unit would go into emergency mode and run constantly at full power - which meant although there was always a minimum usage on the bill, at least my roommates and I weren't going to have to worry about burst pipes.

    Do propane or oil heating systems have an emergency fuel reserve built in? (Something you can't use under normal circumstances, but by hitting a big red "Emergency Heat" button you can engage?)

    "Neskon would be a good choice, except he's a flame-trooper. They're all bug-eyed madmen."

    by Shaviv on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 08:47:13 AM PST

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    •  No emergency reserves (0+ / 0-)

      The tanks hold what they hold, nothing fancy inside.  If a customer is between a rock and a hard place we can work with them, but it is not as easy as it used to be.  In the past we could keep a customer at no profit or a small loss when they hit a rough patch, but these days it is very hard to do that for months or even years, and I am afraid we are coming to that.  There is an awful lot of poverty out there, which has been invisible for the last 40 years.

      We are a small, family-owned and run business and ours is a familiar story.  The recession hit us hard, the banks are killing us on our loans and line of credit, and health insurance costs go up by double-digit percentages every year.  I can't understand why every small business isn't pressing for the public option single payer solution.

      Liberal, Democrat, Atheist, Socialist, Communist, and Fascist. I'm the whole package.

      by docterry on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 08:07:45 AM PST

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