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cost associated with owning a home
« on: August 12, 2015, 06:21:46 PM »
I learned this thing called peri menopause. I put a window unit in the master bedroom of our weekend house. Keep the central on 72 and then run the bedroom down to 63. She thinks I'm a hero


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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2015, 07:03:15 PM »
Ya know what.....I'm steering clear of this MEN-OH-PAUSE discussion entirely.  ::)

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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2015, 11:14:06 PM »
I learned this thing called peri menopause. I put a window unit in the master bedroom of our weekend house. Keep the central on 72 and then run the bedroom down to 63. She thinks I'm a hero


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This made me laugh. I just received a 500.00 power bill and it's for the same reason. After being outside all day, 75* even feels cold to me.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2015, 11:16:52 PM »
$500???  Ken, you are getting off easy my friend.  We are in the $600s here.  That whole de-regulation thing is a joke in Texas.  What are you paying per kWh?
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2015, 06:58:38 AM »
We are at 8.14 per kWh at the moment...the house bill usually runs about $230 ish this time of year. And I complain regularly LoL

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2015, 01:07:02 PM »
Dunno tex. Might remember to look after this "vacation "....but I know if my house was 72 it would top 600.

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2015, 06:27:42 PM »
damn, my thermostat stay put at 70, I have single pane windows that leak, 1900sqft and my house was built in 1960 and my electric bill only tops at $230 during summer months and drops as low as $65 in the winter
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2015, 06:31:56 PM »
Well then I suppose I shouldn't complain about the $70 energy bill I get when I SPARINGLY run my AC. And during the winter the bill is about $20ish on average.
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2015, 06:44:05 PM »
My home is 5320 sq ft that is heated and cooled. It has 9'-10' ceilings in the basement and 1st floor, a great room which is almost 20' tall, and 8' ceilings in the top floor (Big volume space)

My summertime bills run around $200, my winter bills are $550-$750 (Terrible!)
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2015, 06:46:14 PM »
My home is 5320 sq ft

My apt is about 1,000 sq ft +/- a 100 ft.
So, Bobby...being the calculating trained warrior NCO that you are.  Take the appropriate action, Execute!
your standard grunt level CQB is just putting rounds and rounds on scary stuff till it stops scaring you!

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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2015, 06:56:40 PM »
Almost big enough to need a woman in there.....


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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2015, 10:16:46 PM »
ROFL!
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2015, 12:21:51 AM »

My summertime bills run around $200, my winter bills are $550-$750 (Terrible!)

Dang! What do you use to heat? Electric or gas?


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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2015, 08:12:31 AM »

My summertime bills run around $200, my winter bills are $550-$750 (Terrible!)

Dang! What do you use to heat? Electric or gas?


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Below a certain temp it's efficiency tanks. Somewhere around freezing I want to say. Then it's straight to electrical heating grids ah-suckin' up the electricity.

This year I believe I am going to install a wood burning stove into the duct work.
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2015, 09:34:05 AM »
Heat pump would have been my guess. Yeah trying to find a way to augment with cheaper fuel sounds like a good idea


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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2015, 10:47:38 AM »
No natural gas/propane alternative?  I'd expect you to go with some sort of radiant floor heat - easy to retro install with exposed rafters which your basement appears to have unless finished already.  It's nice, even heat from floor to ceiling and by running the fan of the forced air portion of the heat pump, would circulate it throughout the house.  You could also put it down over the concrete basement floor- cool snap together wood grids for the water tubing that becomes sub floor then.
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Re: cost associated with owning a home
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2015, 09:57:44 PM »
No natural gas/propane alternative?  I'd expect you to go with some sort of radiant floor heat - easy to retro install with exposed rafters which your basement appears to have unless finished already.  It's nice, even heat from floor to ceiling and by running the fan of the forced air portion of the heat pump, would circulate it throughout the house.  You could also put it down over the concrete basement floor- cool snap together wood grids for the water tubing that becomes sub floor then.
Basement is way finished. Only the 25 X 25 shop area, and the storage room, and well, the mechanical room have the exposed joists.
I am either going to retrofit one of those outdoor wood burning deals or just add in a wood burner and do some duct work. Probably add that cruiser into the wood shop downstairs
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2015, 12:54:30 PM »
We had a wood burner ducted into my childhood home. built in '63, partially finished daylight basement, (read built into a hillside w/ sub-ground level windows but fully exposed garage). a simple iron box with an external box of empty air space and an electric fan that pumped the hot air out of the box into the ducting of the existing electric furnace. we ran mostly the old cedar shake roofing that had been saved from 3 total roof jobs over the house's lifespan, and could maintain 80deg downstairs 70+ upstairs in the coldest months, and it was a hungry sucker.

That being said, I'm on propane out in rural WA, and on a flat rate $50.00 monthly program. winter months can spike up to $700-800 with summer electric is billed on a 60 day cycle and runs $130ish, but we're looking into some solar panels in the next few years so that will offset nicely. propane is great, but I'm looking into a good old cast iron stove for the basement. open up the heater vents and let the hot air rise. This in case of electrical failure which my propane furnace is dependent on. I have a generator, but gas runs out and I have about 400 acres of "simple" fuel surrounding me.
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