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Are you concerned about heating costs this winter?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 27, 2007

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Photo of Abbey East

“We have all electric utilities, but our unit isn’t that efficient. So I am concerned about how much it’s going to set us back. It’s the same problem in a different way.”

Photo of Jeremy Burd

“Yeah, but that’s because I bought a house that’s too big, old and poorly insulated. So it’s my own fault.”

Photo of Kristine Bailey

“I’m not concerned, but I realize that it’s going to go up. I might have to burn more wood this year, but that’s one of the reasons I’m not that concerned.”

Photo of David Stunkel

“I’m concerned every year. It’s the same situation as gasoline prices; the price of natural gas just seems to be rising continually.”


Flap Doodle 9 years ago

I'm more worried about the snake-headed reptoids.

ohjayhawk 9 years ago

We started paying the budget amount a few months back. I'd rather pay a bit more through the summer months than have to pay $250-$300/month during the winter.

Wow, sgt, you were up late/early today!

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

I'm not going to heat costs this winter! That would be a waste. Costs can heat themselves.

trinity 9 years ago

yeah. maybe i can breathe a sigh of relief when i finish paying off LAST year's heating(gas)bill!

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

How many BTUs in a carbon credit?

snake_eyes 9 years ago

Do we really have to read this same story every Fall? I swear the LJWorld probably just takes the same article from last year, makes a few changes, lists a new writer, and BAM!, you've got yourself another story about heating costs for the winter. Good grief, it's going to be a rough winter people. It may cost $1 billion dollars to heat your house!!!!!!!! Give me a break

Unix_Admin 9 years ago

Accually, Open source is better - Linux is nice.

sunflower_sue 9 years ago

Heating is way cheaper than cooling, so no, I'm not all that concerned. Of course, my house is generally freezing except directly in front of the fireplace.

RI, stop burning those old hymnals! I have lots of dead trees you can have at.

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

Ohjay, I'm usually up late these days. I am a night person, and now that I work for myself rather than at an early-morning job, I get to behave as a night person; very few (almost none) of my jobs occur in the morning. I was actually up a little later than normal last night, but I am usually up late.

I've been on the internet for over a decade now, but I have to admit: I'm not sure what FTW means. Can I get a translation?

average 9 years ago

We spend a whole lot more on heating than cooling. We only A/C one small room, and turn it off when we're gone. Can't do either in cold weather, lest the pipes freeze.

Hoping to move to a place where wood-burning is an option in a couple years.

sister 9 years ago

Foot and toe warts? Falling toward water? Fixed to win? Failure to wash? Find the word? eff the world?

sunflower_sue 9 years ago

Find the wine? Foul the waters? Finish the weed? Forego the waffles? French the waiter? Forestall the weasel?

trinity 9 years ago

flog the weirdo?

somebody best answer this mind is a'wanderin'.

Nick Yoho 9 years ago

FTW = F*ck The World sarge.what context that had here,I'm not sure.

I'm a bit concerned about heating costs.I am getting ready to go all electric.The $16 per month I pay the Gas company(for line &meter maintenance ) just to HAVE gas is more than the $12 per month I pay for the gas I use(in the non- heat seasons).Thus,I feel,that wasted $16 per month(x12=$192) could buy most of the heat I need.I also intend to heat one room to comfort level,while keeping the less used areas of my home much cooler.I'll keep my pipes from freezing,but I won't have to pay to heat the whole house when I stay mostly in one room.I expect significant savings from switching to "on demand"hot water,rather than heating 60 gallons of it 24 hours per day.dishes showers and laundry don't require hot water 24/7.

I agree carbon trading in a sham.It's the only way the Corporatist could figure to make money off the serious problem of human caused climate change.It also lets people off the hook for the guilt they might feel for not being willing to actually CHANGE their lifestyles in any meaningful way,to help curb the problem.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years ago

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Faaaaall, Seems I have to pay them aaaaall...

sunflower_sue 9 years ago

"Heating is way cheaper than cooling, so no, I'm not all that concerned. Of course, my house is generally freezing except directly in front of the fireplace."

I have to recant! After scanning my bills from last winter, I spent more to heat certain rooms of my all electric house (with fireplace going non-stop) than to cool every room. I spent $90 more in Feb of this year than I have yet to do this summer. Most months, though, the bill is pretty constant. Now I have to apply my brain and think about what happened last Feb...probably just normal KS weather with a kid cranking the thermostat in their room. (Must put locks on those things!)

daddax98 9 years ago

maybe the letters were transposed and they meant "Way To Funny" or "What The F*ck"

concernedparent 9 years ago

no, we just built a new house and used high efficiency units. We left our AC on 72 all summer and the most our electric bill was was 112 dollars.

Nick Yoho 9 years ago

Wow pywacket you pay more for AC? maybe you better get your unit serviced.My high(elec.) bill this summer was $67 I think.I use two window units-sparingly.Heat seems to cost much more.Maybe because the H O O T(homeowners out of tenants) program forced me to move my furnace to the attic.Well,with electric heat placed where I Need it,I can just seal off the old system!

matahari 9 years ago

I live in a small place, so I turn off the furnace and run those little electric heaters that look like the old fashioned water heaters, but I guess they are filled the hot oil. The heat is nice and comfy (I use two and on a really cold night may run three) I don't get blasted by that dry air heat from a furnace and those little heaters have saved me a bunch. They only raised my electric bill by about $15 a month, and I find them at yard sales throughout the summer, but have priced them at the hardware stores, and they are about $40

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years ago

matahari says: "I... run those little electric heaters that look like the old fashioned water heaters, but I guess they are filled the hot oil."

Beware, matahari, I used to swear by those little oil-filled heaters, until the afternoon I watched one "snap, pop" (no crackle) and eject a little flaming ember from the control panel onto the carpet. If I hadn't been there to extinguish it, this could be a much different story....

concernedparent 9 years ago

Yes those little electric heaters are VERY dangerous.

GretchenJP 9 years ago

sgtwolverine and everyone, I'm thinking "FTW" is simply "WTF" backwards. I'm assuming you know what that sounds for. ;o) As for heating costs this winter, I'm not worried. We live in a small house and like to utilize our space heaters instead of turning the heat way up. Also I prefer to be cool... I love bundling up.

lakings1 9 years ago

I was thrilled with the last couple of Lawrence winters. I had a studio apartment with an electric heater/cooler embedded in the wall. My winter bills were generally significantly less (sometimes by as much as a third) than my summer bills due to a good location. My neighbors' heaters kept me warm and the trees in the front and back of the apartment kept the wind at bay.

Now I'm living in a studio with electric heating and cooling in Chicago. I ran my AC for two days this summer when the humidity was extremely high. I imagine that I'll have to have the heater going full blast most of the winter. I'm not looking forward to that bill, but I'd much rather be cold than hot.

lakings1 9 years ago

Sorry to double post.

FTW is, like an earlier poster commented, For The Win. It's very common elsewhere on the Internet, just as common as LOL.

riverdrifter 9 years ago

Two tons of wood pellet fuel on hand, bought 16 months ago, not worried -for now. Year from now: worried.

sgtwolverine 9 years ago

The backwards WTF thing actually did occur to me, but it seemed odd that it wasn't followed by a question mark, so I figured that wasn't the case.

At least now I know what FTW is. I can honestly say I've never run across that one before; maybe I don't frequent the right corners of the internet.

GretchenJP 9 years ago

I actually haven't heard of FTW either and I thought I knew most of the internet acronyms.

snowWI 9 years ago

I am definitely looking forward to winter. Anything is better than the horrible combination of the heat and humidity.

GretchenJP 9 years ago

I'm with you, snow. I'd rather be cold than hot.

adriennerm 9 years ago

I am not worried, just buy a nice thick blanket

camper 9 years ago

No joking, those who have have to worry about heat bills are in a bad situation. I'm worried about those who don't have to worry about heat bills because they have no heat bills. I wonder sometimes how those who are homeless make it through terriible exposure. God bless them. And may we help when possible.

matahari 9 years ago

apathy is a dish that's always served, no ones' 'concerned' because they haven't really been cold yet. Get back with us when your heat gets turned off because no one can afford to pay it. Then the concern comes, always too late.

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