A grim forecast for heating costs

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    A grim forecast for heating costs

    According to a University of Massachusetts report set to be released today, Massachusetts residents who heat their homes with natural gas or oil could end up paying nearly $1 billion more than they did in 2007, about a 30 percent increase.

    What do you think should be done to ease the financial blow oil and gas customers will take this winter? What steps will you take this winter to reduce the financial burden higher gas and oil costs will present?
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from heynow98. Show heynow98's posts

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    This should be good news to Massachusetts Democrats. Higher oil prices means less consumption, and therefore less of an impact on the polar environment. Start knitting blankets is my advice.

     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from msts-1. Show msts-1's posts

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    I feel for John Mac. He lives up the street from my grandmother's old house. Why does an 82 year old with no one else living with him have a four bedroom house to heat?
     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from teg3. Show teg3's posts

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    Plan ahead! Even though we only use oil for heat and it was the beginning of the summer, I had my tank filled about a month ago. Sure it was expensive, but I thought it was better to bite the bullet now and get a tank full and have one less to pay for during the cold months.
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from ultralyons. Show ultralyons's posts

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    I am replacing at the windows in my house with new insulated units. Should save %40 in heating!
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from easydoesit2. Show easydoesit2's posts

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    Congress has to stop the speculation and profit taking. Perhaps the oil industry needs a total revamp of the laws and regulations governing it, something like Sarbannes-Oxley in the financial markets after the Enron/Anderson swindles. Oil is $4.70 now with no demand. In September when the refinaries really start cranking out the heating oil, gasoline is going to right back well over 4 bucks because of the "shortage" created. Government simply cannot stand by wringing its hands when even the middle class is choosing between heat and food, which is also skyrocketing.
     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from notkennyg. Show notkennyg's posts

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    I have adding weather stripping to every window which has helped a lot. A digital thermostat works great too, not only for heating but cooling as well. I would be wary though of keeping the thermostate at 50 degrees at night particularly when the wheather is below freezing, as you could get frozen pipes. Easing the blow a little is balanced billing from NSTAR. Sort of like the heating funds above - you pay usage over 12 months instead of as you go.

     
  8. You have chosen to ignore posts from Bynxers. Show Bynxers's posts

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    We recently moved into a new place to save money- however we realized that for the first time we'd be dealing with oil heat and thus may not really save all too much at all.

    Nonetheless, I think listening to our elders was the best possible approach:
    We already bought an electric blanket for our bed and electric space heaters for our living room and study. We will be closing off rooms that we are not in and only heating areas that we are currently in. Fully insulating every window with the plastic and every door with foam tape.

    To make sure the pipes don't freeze, we will keep the thermostat and a level to ensure that- but not to heat.

    Then- we have lots of sweaters and blankets at the ready.

    However- it is my hope that we continue to have the warmer winters from recent years. It really hasn't been all that bad out recently and a properly insulated home or apartment will go a long way.


    At this point- the biggest wish I have over everything is that we had a fireplace or wood buring stove.
     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from frazzle. Show frazzle's posts

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    On July 8 Oil was $145 a barrel and today it's at $125. www.oil-price.net

    That doesn't mean it's a trend of course, but I am uneasy about getting the lock-in price of $4.89.
     
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    move to the projects -
     
  11. You have chosen to ignore posts from Nasochkas. Show Nasochkas's posts

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    We have electric central air for both air conditioning and heating. The bills have been high this summer for cooling. We try to turn the thermostat up by a notch or two and down in the winter.
    In the end, we will have to suck it up and pay.
     
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    Bought 4 cords of firewood $175.00 each and a wood stove insert for my fireplace. Got another free two cords from a friend of mine that owns land in middle NH for next years heating season and still more to get.

    Turned the emergencey switch to our oil burner/ furnance during the day and turn it on when we need hot water in the storage tank.

    Replaced all windows and doors with Pella brand. Removing the old rotted R11 rated insulation from our basement and replacing it r12 rated insulation.

    Started an oil fund
     
  13. You have chosen to ignore posts from ManOnTheSilverMountain. Show ManOnTheSilverMountain's posts

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    Watching porn
     
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    [Quote]
    I'm confused.


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    Exactly.

     
  15. You have chosen to ignore posts from DisgustedGuy. Show DisgustedGuy's posts

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    Sound advice from lindonderry :

    "Turned the emergencey (sic) switch to our oil burner/ furnance (sic) during the day and turn it on when we need hot water in the storage tank."

    There are three TURN OIL BURNER OFF AFTER SHOWERING signs in my bathroom and hall to help the mutant teen residents remember. They only use cold water for their precious clothes and can't operate the dishwasher so I'm all set.

    Filled the tank up in March and still have 5/8 tank left. Joined Mass Energy today and dumping my present oil "service" once I receive confirmation. I don't need "The Official Oil Delivery Company of the New England Patriots" to cornhole me for another season. $4.79 a gallon for HEATING OIL. Hey Mr. Dealer! Guess that new wing on the Nantucket carriage house may have to wait a season.

    If you have a fireplace, hire a sweep to clean it and then USE it. Nice warm fire on a cold night encourages romance if there still is such a thing.
     
  16. You have chosen to ignore posts from 50Otis. Show 50Otis's posts

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    We have forced hot water on an oil furnace so expect to be hit very hard this winter. We do have 4 heating zones so do have some flexibility but the plan right now is to keep all 4 zones at 55 day and night and use a portable electric heater to warm the space we are in when awake. Extra blankets, sweaters and a knit hat for my bald head.

    Anyone know if any of the utilities are still providing a FREE energy audit?
     
  17. You have chosen to ignore posts from healthyoutrage. Show healthyoutrage's posts

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    Priceless. You and the utilities who continue to bark at consumers about how you can save money heating, cooling, etc. etc. are just blowing hot air. Damn near every one of your "money-saving tips" require SPENDING MONEY. And as far as the utilities are concerned, they must think consumers are really stupid. By spending millions on advertising budgets (why can't they use that money to reduce rates!?!?), they keep telling us how to save money. Would someone please tell me how consumers can save money when, year after year, the utilities continue to raise their rates 10, 20, 30, 40 or MORE percent? Please blow some of that hot air my way; I may want to bottle and keep it for the winter.

     
  18. You have chosen to ignore posts from mhead1976. Show mhead1976's posts

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    I have a steam furance run on oil from 1950. It needs to be replaced ASAP and I'm thinking of changing it over to gas. Keyspan will bring it in from the street for $500. Does this make sense to do?

     
  19. You have chosen to ignore posts from ManOnTheSilverMountain. Show ManOnTheSilverMountain's posts

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    I'm confused. I thought we had global warming. All the dumocrats are saying that so they can tax us more. If we have global warming, then I thought it wasn't going to get cold in the winter.

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    You're not confused, you're stupid.
     
  20. You have chosen to ignore posts from jxh261. Show jxh261's posts

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    [Quote]Plan ahead! Even though we only use oil for heat and it was the beginning of the summer, I had my tank filled about a month ago. Sure it was expensive, but I thought it was better to bite the bullet now and get a tank full and have one less to pay for during the cold months.[/Quote]what if you have "NO" money to do that?
     
  21. You have chosen to ignore posts from cuchalain. Show cuchalain's posts

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    [Quote]Watching porn[/Quote]

    good plan
     
  22. You have chosen to ignore posts from princess-cal. Show princess-cal's posts

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    We have a thermostat on a timer, which helps. We also have 6 zones, so we only have to heat the areas that we use the most. Electric blankets also help.
     
  23. You have chosen to ignore posts from mpc5. Show mpc5's posts

    A grim forecast for heating costs

    Next time you look at your electric and/or natural gas bill, take a look at the distribution charges. They keep going up 10-15% each year. I suppose that's needed to pay the typical service technician's salary which, as I understand it, can easily exceed $100K/year with overtime. Clearly, the cost of the commodity (oil, natural gas) are killing us, but I think most folks don't realize the extent of the $ and profits made by the utility companies for distribution and "customer service" charges. I think about this everytime I see the 12 service vans from National Grid parked at the local Dunkin Donuts. No need for efficiency when you can get the utilities commission to keep approving massive rate hikes each year.
     
  24. You have chosen to ignore posts from ghamann. Show ghamann's posts

    A grim forecast for heating costs

    Maybe, if you clowns would stop voting for these liberal politicians, the price of oil would go down.

    Wait. I voted for George Bush twice and he spent two terms, most of which with a Republican Congress, increasing the price of gas. Explain to me again how voting for Republicans will decrease the price of gas?

     
  25. You have chosen to ignore posts from ManOnTheSilverMountain. Show ManOnTheSilverMountain's posts

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    [Quote]good plan[/Quote]

    As if I need an excuse.
     
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