How has everyone handled this winter financially???

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by the phantom, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. the phantom

    the phantom Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I always try to get ahead by saving out of each paycheck I get. But this winter has just killed any savings I wanted to stash away.. My electric bill in Feb 2013 was $200 for 1800kwh I used.(this is my average bill in winter for the last 10 years.) This Feb I used 1500kwh (300kwh less!!)and my bill was $315. JUST CRAZY!!!! Also I filled my propane tank up in November at $1.99 a gallon. I had to get refilled and when they told me it was $3.29 a gallon I only got 100 gallons. Well I burned that up in 3 1/2 weeks. I refuse to buy any more propane at this inflated gouged price and nobody around me has wood for sale unless I pay $85 a cord for it. (Its usually between $55-$65 here). I burned up my wood by the end of January (I was a few cord short of my normal amount) So now im heating with a kersosene heater and a turbo heater. Uggghhh I just want the coldness to end!!!!!:whip::zzz::zzz::zzz:
  2. JnBama

    JnBama Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    Cold weather should be over or a little warmer for the north another month or so, My home is Alabama but drive a truck alot up north and lost money with breakdowns when in sub zero weather .Also lost money in traffic jams from closed roads due to ice snow and accidents. Saving vacation days and plan to drive down to the gulf coast soon. Like your truck!
  3. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I'm broke like always, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
  4. poncho62

    poncho62 Active Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    Money wise, I am fine....but there is still 3 friggin' feet of snow in my yard.

  5. j cat

    j cat Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    when I purchased my new house 35 years ago I spent the extra cash on insulating the home. doubled the attic insulation to 24 inches fiberglass, installed storm windows,insulated the concrete foundation .the 2nd winter the gas usage dropped to 50 % less therms.

    now over the last 5 years I replaced all the window sashes to insulating 5/8 glass. the larger picture window was trashed and replaced with a bay window fully insulated. all the window trim was removed and foam insulation was used to seal all the door / window frames. also roof venting was increased sofit and ridge vents. gable end vents as well.

    being the coldest winter in a very long time I was surprised to see that the gas bill was 125 dollars per month during the dec-feb period. thermostat set at 68 deg f. .
  6. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 3 Years 1000 Posts

    This was my first winter in my current apartment and man did it suck. My apartment is on the perimeter of the property and it faces due north. My heater never shut off. Just about doubled my electricity bill for a couple of months.
  7. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    We bought a new furnace last summer, it replaced our 30 year old furnace. We did not buy a high efficiency but our bill actually went down this year. Which is surprising considering we have to keep the house at 72 degrees (recommended by our pediatrician for a child under 10 months old as they can not regulate body temp well) We also had an energy consultant come to our home the first week in January. He spent 3 hours checking the house out. He installed a blower door (a big fan that negatively pressurizes your home) Then he walked around with a thermal gun and showed us where cold air was sucking into the house. He did this for free. But then told us $6,000 to fix all of the issues. We decided to do it ourselves. I have completed 90% of the list for under $600.
    -We added an additional 14" of cellulose insulation to the attic to get to an R64.
    -We sealed all of the penetrations in the attic with foam where wires pass thru the attic.
    -Installed foam boxes over our can lights.
    -Added a Loc top chimney damper.
    -Sealed all of the duct work coming off of the furnace.
    -Sealed all of the "boots" where the furnace ducting enters the floors in rooms.
    -I also added an addition butter fly damper to my dryer vent hose and my bathroom fan hose to stop cold air from pushing in.
    -I also installed a product called equaliz-air to let make up air into the our house in a controlled manner, for combustion items like the water heater, furnace, oven. It lets air in where you want it, rather than it sucking in thru windows and doors, this made a major difference.

    All in all our house is a lot less drafty, feels warmer, and our energy bills this winter were lower than in previous years.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2014
  8. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 3 Years 1000 Posts

    It's amazing how much you can save by DIY.
  9. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Yea, it is crazy. I still have a couple more things on my list to do, like blown in insulation in the walls, it may or may not get done. I have heard a few pros of doing it but many cons. like settling over a year's time.

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