So last year our furnace kept breaking down, but despite the plumber’s bills our gas bill once went over $450 one month in an effort not to have our eyeballs freeze over. We had several plumbers over here and NONE of them could fix the furnace, and finally we got a referral for another guy who came over and found out the problem and actually fixed it just before the part he installed blew out (which would have cost an additional $400 to replace). The guy was fantastic and only charged us parts despite the fact he was in our gross basement for over three hours trying to fix it.
So today we got our latest PSE&G bill, and as we do every month we played “How much is it?” Denis took his guess: $472. I took my guess: $436. Imagine our surprise when it was under $400. Denis was thrilled (I know, ironic that we’d be HAPPY about a $383 gas bill). We credit the lower bill to the fine man who fixed our furnace last January. Bless him!
I’m still planning on having a full cord of wood delivered in a couple weeks – we may not use it this year, but next year we’ll be heating our house by fire, not by gas. $200 for wood that lasts two months is much better than $800 for two months. What I’d REALLY love is one of those cast iron woodstoves that actually fits in the fireplace. My parents had that in an old house and that mother kept the entire house toastey in the winter. It was amazing how that thing could heat the room on the farthest side of the house.