Bills on the Rise? Freezing, Overheating? Take a Clue from Survival on the High Seas

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Nobody wants to hear about rising energy costs. For utility customers in New York, prices have going up this winter. Some of it was an accounting error, but increased demand for Natural Gas due to the swerving polar vortex helped.
Propane costs have gone up too, article from Kansas Cityreferences pricing as high as $5 a gallon. ship at seaAll of this reminds me of the days when crude oil prices were all over the proverbial road, never mind a little swerving polar vortex.
It’s not just about heating and cold winters. California is experiencing a lack of winter which sounds kind of nice coming from the Northeast. They are also seeing a drought and I’d expect a long hot summer which means an expensive cooling season ahead.
We can’t control fuel prices, but we can take control of our homes. There’s a great thing in being able to “weather the storm”. In our homes, that means comfort, but also peace of mind that we are protected from the elements. Integrating resilience, in our homes is as simple as insulating a home well and air sealing it properly. It is like preparing for a long voyage across the sea, and helps when weather or high fuel costs hit us broadside. Batten down the hatches!

Thanks,
Jason

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2 Responses to “Bills on the Rise? Freezing, Overheating? Take a Clue from Survival on the High Seas”

  1. Wayne Zimmerman Says:

    Another way to save on the energy bill in the home is to have the air ducts professionally cleaned. Clean air ducts means less energy is used to heat or cool the home.

    • Jason Todd Says:

      I think clean ducts are important Wayne, but we need to make sure they are part of a healthy and efficent home! That means the home and the ducts are sealed and insulated well. Especially true for ducts that are “outside” like in an attic or crawlspace.

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