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windexcowboy
windexcowboy
Are you freaking serious?
I just got back from my parents' place this afternoon and found a little present in my mailbox, my PSE&G gas bill for December. Last month's was like $80 and December's was, get this, $143!!! Yes, you read that right, one hundred and forty three fucking dollars..

WTF? I keep all the windows closed and the thermostat set at a very reasonably 68 degrees. This is more expensive than my parents pay for their entire house.

Does anyone else think $143 for a 1000 sq. foot apartment is a little ridiculous? Methinks the new windows they installed before I moved in are not doing their job, or something. I suppose I need to call the landlord tomorrow and ask when the last time maintenance was performed on the furnace, but beyond that, I have no idea what I can do.

I've set the thermostat back to 65. Brrrr... New Jersey sucks. I need to move some place warmer.

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mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: December 26th, 2002 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

yeah

That actually doesn't sound so crazy for leaving the thermostat at 68 all day and all night. May I suggest turning it down when you're not there, and up when you're home, and back down at night? You can always throw another blanket on, and your computers like, say, 60 better than 68.

You may also see if your landlord will let you put in, or put in for you, a programmable thermostat so you can have it automatically turn up and down (say, on at 7:30 am so it's warm when you get up, back off at 9, back on at 4:30, on until whenever you go to sleep, and so on.)

windexcowboy From: windexcowboy Date: December 26th, 2002 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: yeah

I want to install a programmable. I would probably need to get the landlord to do it, since I don't have access to the shut off for the furnance (they are all in the basement), and I think I would need to do that to turn off the low voltage supply to the thermostat before I install it.

I don't set the temprature back because I figure it takes a while for the place to heat up, so that's why I want a programmable so it will be all done before I get home/wake-up.

I still think there's something wrong here. My parents' don't use a programmable, and they leave it set at 70, and their heating bill never exceeds $120, and we're talking an old house about twice the size of my apartment.
windexcowboy From: windexcowboy Date: December 26th, 2002 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: yeah

X10 also makes this device which basically tricks a thermostat into thinking it's up to 15 degress warmer in the room by heating it. It's kind of lame, but perhaps I'll just order one of those.
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: December 29th, 2002 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Be brave!

They call it low voltage for a reason.

Actually, you're right, you really should shut off the heat. I wonder if a shutoff switch should in fact be in your apartment, or if it's right to put it near the boiler. I honestly don't know.
daylami From: daylami Date: December 26th, 2002 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

65?

Dude, I had the heat turned up to 65 in here today and Mom called it "oppressive" and "wasteful," amoung other things, before turning it back down to 59.

How about this: You keep the heat consistently at or above 65 and I'll come live with you and help pay the bastards. Futon's fine, and I come with a Coke dowry of sorts.
celaeno From: celaeno Date: December 26th, 2002 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 65?

YEE - yo the Marottas like it cold.. Mike's parents thoughtfully supply blankets but the thermostat was set at 58. It sucks waking up in a room that's 58 degrees. Actually waking up isn't the part that sucks. Waking up and leaving the warm bed sucks.

Get cats - line your apartment with them. Cats make good insulation.
daylami From: daylami Date: December 27th, 2002 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: 65?

Cats insulate the furnace, not the apartment. They sleep on heat vents and you can only benefit from them if they happen to radiate near you as they mosey to the litter box or food bowl.
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