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post #1621 of 5757
I set my thermostat to make the house warm by the time my wife and I get up, makes getting up so much easier. After the wife leaves for work I turn it off, and it's programmed to have the house warm by the time she gets home, then turn off after she goes to bed. I'm perfectly happy wearing sweaters, slippers etc, when at home. Using an older oil furnace to heat a 3000sf 50+ year old house is still expensive though frown.gif
post #1622 of 5757
One of the prereqs for my first house: a wood stove. And if it doesn't have one I'll be putting one in.
post #1623 of 5757
Carbon footprint be damned!
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Carbon footprint be damned!

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I also want solar panelz.
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I wonder how much a small solar power set runs?
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The small flipped 1921 craftsman my wife and I bought a few years ago -- no radiators, no gas anything, all electric -- slammed us with a power bill of $435 in our first month of occupancy and $450 the next. Programmable thermostat paid for itself within about five weeks of use. Combined with state and utility rebate programs, we expect all the insulation work we've done to pay for itself within the next year and a half.

Now it's 67° in the winter and 77° in the summer; in the worst months, the bills are about half of what they were. I'm really digging our old house, but it took some work to get there.

Fortunately we've got a gas line running into the house, so as crappy flipper-grade appliances break we can replace them with models that use actual flame to warm things up. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Hah- I take it you do not live in Minnesota. I don't know how they manage but have freidns and coworkers in larger older homes whose winter bills frequently go north of $800, $1,000 or more.
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I like the programmable thermostat, saves a few bucks and makes the house more comfortable. I try to avoid drying out the house in the winter, so I keep moderate settings on the thermostat.

In-line humidification, yo. Cheap and easy to install.
post #1628 of 5757
I'll check into it. Thank you!
post #1629 of 5757
So I was getting bids to finish the relatively minor electrical needs of the (soon to be) apartment downstairs in my house. I have a bid in hand from a local franchise of a national chain (Mr. Sparky) and then I had a local guy come out. The local guy made fun of Mr. Sparky with their "cookie cutter pricing sheets" as it's a one size-fits all approach and will never give me the lowest price. Mr. Local Electrician said he would get a bid out to me over the weekend (he came out on thursday). I called him this morning and he said he would email me the bid by late morning. Still haven't heard anything.

It's bad enough to be a flakey tradesman, but to rag on the "price sheet" of your competitor then subsequently fail to put together a bid in 96+ hours is just /facepalm. Come on local guy, I really want to hire you . . .
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Was putting up the Christmas lights last weekend (won't turn them on until after turkey day but wanted to get them up before the snow started flying) and smelled gas on the side of my house. Called Avista and they said the pipe from the meter into the house was leaking like crazy. That's comforting, considering it's probably been that way for four and a half years (house was built in summer of '09). Kinda curious to see if our natural gas bill goes down a little bit.

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Of course, I need to get the electrical done before I can set the cabinets (which are gathering dust downstairs) and install countertops/appliances.
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I'll check into it. Thank you!

http://www.aprilaire.com/
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Originally Posted by RedLantern View Post

So I was getting bids to finish the relatively minor electrical needs of the (soon to be) apartment downstairs in my house. I have a bid in hand from a local franchise of a national chain (Mr. Sparky) and then I had a local guy come out. The local guy made fun of Mr. Sparky with their "cookie cutter pricing sheets" as it's a one size-fits all approach and will never give me the lowest price. Mr. Local Electrician said he would get a bid out to me over the weekend (he came out on thursday). I called him this morning and he said he would email me the bid by late morning. Still haven't heard anything.

It's bad enough to be a flakey tradesman, but to rag on the "price sheet" of your competitor then subsequently fail to put together a bid in 96+ hours is just /facepalm. Come on local guy, I really want to hire you . . .

If he can't give you a price in a timely manner doesn't bode well for his time keeping generally. If that's going to bother you, or if you're in a hurry, don't hire him.

I've made the same mistake myself, hiring local contractors because they were local and I liked them, ignoring the fact they were a bit vague about time keeping etc, and gone on to regret it.
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Hah- I take it you do not live in Minnesota. I don't know how they manage but have freidns and coworkers in larger older homes whose winter bills frequently go north of $800, $1,000 or more.

I think the highest heating bill we have ever had is ~$150, and we live in a 50's house, but when it gets cold, we just put more clothes on.
post #1635 of 5757
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Originally Posted by E,TF View Post

If he can't give you a price in a timely manner doesn't bode well for his time keeping generally. If that's going to bother you, or if you're in a hurry, don't hire him.

I've made the same mistake myself, hiring local contractors because they were local and I liked them, ignoring the fact they were a bit vague about time keeping etc, and gone on to regret it.

Yeah I had the same thoughts . . . but I guess I'm more frugal than impatient!

I did finally get his bid last night. Essentially it is half the price, and is more exactly what I want than the other bid. A couple of things I wanted done a specific way and the national guys didn't really want to do it that way. I'm booked for 9am this Friday. The good news is that the guy who bids the jobs is not one of the usual house call guys, so I have at least a little hope someone will actually show up on Friday.


Also ordered the range, dishwasher and range hood for the apartment last night, as well as a new fridge for the wife and me. Home Depot is running some kind of black friday sale already, so I got a smoking deal.

If all goes according to plan (ha!) I should have enough money left over in the apartment creation fund to get that Lasik surgery I've been wanting.
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