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Posted by Gigawatt on July 31, 2004, 9:49 pm
 
Utility Costs are still increasing in the Houston area...

Today, I read in the Houston Chronicle newspaper, that the gas company
(Centerpoint Energy) is going to raise their gas rates again beginning on
August 1st.... back in February, they raised their rates on their minimum
bill from $.70 to $1.04 a month, and now they are going to do it again on
August 1st.  There is no stopping these increases, I guess, and I know,
protesting, will not help a bit...

Last Summer, our electric service increased by almost 10% and the electric
company (Reliant Energy) is already gearing up for another increase.... and
don't forget, that the water rates went up by 50% on June 1st of this
year....

Connor




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Posted by m Ransley on July 31, 2004, 9:36 pm
 
So what  ,,,,,  its  time to save.  As all the US should .

Im Indiana north , zone 5 , to -20 f.    1825 sq ft and had a yearly gas
bill of 336.53  for gas hw , gas heat ,  gas cooking, and we dont eat
out. or freeze or use wood .  110 yr old house  updated to 2220
standards.  R 110 attic +++++ walls etc

Do what you can.  insulation pays today and in resale


Posted by Philip Lewis on July 31, 2004, 10:46 pm
 ransley@webtv.net (m Ransley) writes:

What did you do for your retrofit insulation?

I've been looking at spray in slow rise foam.  most R for the
space... and seals the building envelope as well.
the problem is no one around here seems to do it.  There is one online
DIY place, fomofoam, that sells a diy kit.... but it *is* expensive.

Blow in cellulose is the next option... about the best R without
tearing down the plaster.

we also don't have access to the attic space above the 3rd
floor.(nothing a sawzaw couldn't fix though... ;)  We
would like to vault and foam the roof a-la "hot roof".... but i can't
seem to figure out if it's applicable in my climate (Pittsburgh PA).

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Posted by m Ransley on July 31, 2004, 11:29 pm
  Basicly it is this. Code requirements are to allow people to buy houses
and not go broke before paying the bank

 Optimal insulation is usualy double or more than what min Code regs
reccomend.

 Every house is different but R   100   attic  is smart as heat rises, I
have R 115, but now it has settled to maybe R 95 or R 100

Windows   are Key and can easily loose  20 %
Lighting is also key   ,, CFLs  are the way to go


Posted by Philip Lewis on August 1, 2004, 12:48 pm
 ransley@webtv.net (m Ransley) writes:

yes, I realize insulation is good. but what did you *do*?
did you use foam?
fiberglass bats in the attic?
cellulose in the attic?
what did you put in the walls?
low-e film on the windows?
what?


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