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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 02:45 PM Thread Starter

 
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What do you pay for gas (home, not car)?

Nicor had us on a lock 2 years ago for $140/month. After the lock, it sky rocketed. Last year we were paying .98 cents on a "plan" and decided not to go with it this year. They offered .92 cents, and then today offered a $184 / month lock for one year.

Obviously a rip off in the summer, but...the house has tall ceilings, and averages about $550 a month in winter months.

Anyone on a lock or you just pay the monthly going rate? What do you guys pay? How much do you use?
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oh man!!!!...never lock!!!!! Always be suspicious when the company you purchase a product pushes you to lock the price. They most likely only do that for their own benefit. They are not trying to help you out. Gas should be cheap this year given the heavy inventory and current cheap market price

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you pay whatever the gas producers charge you and whatever service change nicor charges you

nicor may have you on a montly contract but annually its the same if you pay month to month

you obviously use more gas in the winter, hence it costs more, so they just spread the cost out over 12 months, so the lock is just a way to manage the costs
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Last year I spent just about $1300 for the entire year for gas. That's about 108/month.

Most expensive bill was 225 in Jan and March of 09.

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Billing Period Dates
(From / To) Days in Bill Degree Days Therms Used Cost per Therm $ Therms x Cost $ Total$
8/17/2009
to
9/16/2009 29 17 1.01 0.3663 0.37 14.73
7/16/2009
to
8/17/2009 32 1 40.52 0.4299 17.42 35.48
6/16/2009
to
7/16/2009 29 6 8.10 0.4543 3.68 18.64
5/14/2009
to
6/16/2009 33 90 53.74 0.4499 24.18 43.37
4/16/2009
to
5/14/2009 27 200 76.05 0.4393 33.41 54.65
3/17/2009
to
4/16/2009 30 637 133.84 0.4301 57.56 83.19
2/12/2009
to
3/17/2009 32 1045 257.55 0.5021 129.32 166.53
1/14/2009
to
2/12/2009 29 1219 239.30 0.6196 148.27 183.68
12/12/2008
to
1/14/2009 32 1360 301.15 0.6500 195.75 237.16
11/12/2008
to
12/12/2008 30 1015 195.70 0.7260 142.08 172.93
10/14/2008
to
11/12/2008 28 449 10.14 0.7939 8.05 19.39
9/12/2008
to
10/14/2008 32 100 47.65 0.8277 39.44 55.61
7/11/2008
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9/12/2008 63 17 36.50 1.1616 42.40 69.24

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I pay in the $200s in winter and under $50 in the summer.
I too got the notice that gas prices were going down this year so the price should be lower this winter. I never lock.

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Last year I spent just about $1300 for the entire year for gas. That's about 108/month.

Most expensive bill was 225 in Jan and March of 09.

4br, 2.5bath approx 3600sqft, full basement, gas HW heater, gas dryer, 2 furnaces (upstairs and downstairs), family of 6 with 2 dogs.
$225 in Jan for 3600sqft is not bad. I was paying that much with my 1100sqft condo before I had my new furnace put in. What do you keep your thermostat at in the winter? Mine is set at 73 degrees.

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$225 in Jan for 3600sqft is not bad. I was paying that much with my 1100sqft condo before I had my new furnace put in. What do you keep your thermostat at in the winter? Mine is set at 73 degrees.
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68 upstairs, 67 downstairs.
brrr....that's all.

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brrr....that's all.
not brr at all... There's enough other things in the house and people are home all day to keep it above that The thermostat setting is mainly to keep it from dipping below that.

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68 upstairs, 67 downstairs.
Damn that's cold. But that explains why its so low. Even with the temp at 73, I'm still in sweatpants and a sweatshirt.

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73, jesus! I turn the AC on if it gets that hot in my house.
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no shit.. that's what I set my AC to 74up / 73down

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73, jesus! I turn the AC on if it gets that hot in my house.
Yeah but one side of my living room is a sliding glass door so that's where a lot of the heat escapes. What's ironic is that my AC is set to 72 degrees in the summer and I'm fine.

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Yeah but one side of my living room is a sliding glass door so that's where a lot of the heat escapes. What's ironic is that my AC is set to 72 degrees in the summer and I'm fine.
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Going to look into that. I'd still keep it at 73 though.

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Going to look into that. I'd still keep it at 73 though.
That's fine, but if you do it right, it will cycle and run less to maintain it.... thus, saving you money.

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That's fine, but if you do it right, it will cycle and run less to maintain it.... thus, saving you money.
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Thanks for the info guys! Problem in the house is there's nothing that really hold any air anywhere. its just open everywhere. I did read a bunch on gas being cheaper this winter, so maybe better off not doing the lock.

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Thanks for the info guys! Problem in the house is there's nothing that really hold any air anywhere. its just open everywhere. I did read a bunch on gas being cheaper this winter, so maybe better off not doing the lock.

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Price locks are not that great of an option. Meulen hit the nail on the head, the gas company is only going to offer you plans that end up benefiting themselves. Also the comment about the price locks being like a payment plan and spreading the costs out throughout the year.....tell me what company will do that for you with out gouging you for them basically financing your inability to pay on a regular monthly basis?? No one will, you will always be paying convience fees and the like. Plus gas prices are supposed to be down this winter anyways. Now heating oil is another story!!

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ceiling fans should be perfect to save you some $$$ in an open floorplan
Thanks. Yeah have 3 of them. One way in the summer, other way in the winter. Heres a pic of them. Kinda crappy pic, sorry about that. If you look left, there's a railing that runs along the left side. Below that is the basement. Right side is similar but access to basement through the middle. Basically both floors and the basement are open to each other. Heating and cooling sucks.

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20 dollars a month for a barbecue sized propane tank.
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Pete, with your house layout the way it is, you need a high-end zoned system! OR.... There is a cheaper alternative, it's called an antil-stratification system. It works in both heating and cooling climates. You will have a hard time finding local HVAC contractors that have installed or know about such a system. It is possible to retrofit such a system into an already finished house, just have to cut a little drywall!!
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Tri-zone FTW! 73 degrees is nuts!!!

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