Just had a house built in Vermont last year.
Just trying to see if everyone else in the NE
has such huge gas bills every month?
We keep the heat around 60-65.
The house is a raised ranch, 1200 sq feet...so
basically only heating the upstairs and propane
for the hot water. Our bills are between $220 and
$300 a month. Is this normal? One reason for building
a house was that our apartment heat was out of sight.
Anyone else have this type of bill?
My parents have a ranch style house...1500 sq. ft with full basement, in
Northern Illinois. They pay between $400-500 every 2.5 months to have
the propane tank refilled. All propane appliances. They keep their
house at 72 f. Gets alot colder in Northern Illinois than Vermont and
the winters are longer also. Hope you dont have a propane leak between
the Tank and the house :( .
WTF!! Wait a minute. You mean to tell me that you moved out of an
apartment and built a house because your heat bills were too high in
Now whadda you going do? Move outta the house? Where will you go?
A tent? A bus? The sewers? A cardboard box? Dig a tunnel?
There's lots of Florida that is less expensive. Not many people live there.
Do you wonder why?
Not near a big city, not near the coast, not near a lake, not near an
amusement park or other tourist oriented location.
At least it hardly ever snows, but they do get freezes.
"Charlie Bress" <Here-I-am-at-the-last-moment.com> wrote in message
We have summer and almost summer here in Florida...Summer is seriously warm
and almost summer is a few cold days punctuated by fishing, golf and sunny
days...The Sunshine State, you can't beat it.....Ross
Lake Wales is still pretty inexpensive...unfortunately they had three
hurricanes through there last year but the last time that happened was the
early 60's and they are nothing like what hit Port Charlotte/Charley or
Andrew in 92'....and they have lakes everywhere....Bass fishin' and
skiing....but probably not in the summer...whew...it is warm and Lake Wales
is only about an hour 15 from the attractions, if you enjoy them....Ross
Ok smart ass.....
The apartment we lived in had forced hot air...the house was
old...built in the early 1900s....we found out later there was NO
insulation in the house...just some wood type slats inside. We would
turn the heat up to 70 and the house would be freezing. We were paying
around $300-400 a month in heat alone to be frozen. We got sick
of the money pit...moved into a built house thats supposed to be
efficient which it isn't.
Well, it's undoubtedly more efficient than the apartment, but in the
apartment all your neighbors were chipping in, which they no longer are,
are they? Plus, how many square feet are you now heating as compared to
Has lot to do how your house is built. All the right things
done for energy conservation? Beefy insulation, good quality
windows, doors, etc. Up here where I am living in a ~3000 sq. ft.
2 storey, I pay 151.00CAD(123.00USD) a month on average
for natural gas furnace and water heater. If gas price goes over trigger
point, provincial government kicks in rebate to cushion us hoem owners.
Our indoor temp is always at 23C. Winter propane is blended
to prevent freezing. Has less heat than summer blend.
A lot of it depends on how many local propane suppliers are in a
competitive position in your area. Generally, they will do
everything to minimize the advantage of their competitors and maximize
their own position. (i.e. Owning the tank you rent, requiring you
purchase from only one supplier if you fill the tank, charging much
more during winter periods of peak demand, etc.) If you have a lot of
choices, you can generally negotiate a better deal.
Propane is a commodity product, you can check the unit price in any
big city newspaper with a business section to get a rough idea if the
price your paying is in line with the costs. Remember, if you are
quite a distance from a wholesale propane hub, you will generally pay
more. Your state or localty may also have taxes that are applied.
Are you using too much or paying too much? To judge whether you have a
heating problem or a cost of propane problem, we will need to know the
cost/gallon of the propane, not the monthly cost.
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