PGW and the fun cost of Home Ownership

So yeah, I am excited about winter, I am not excited about gas bills. I just got my first home winter gas bill. ( I bought in Fairmount btw Marisa). I didn’t know what to expect the amount to be. You can ask for the average cost for utilities when you buy a new home, but I didn’t really pay too much attention, and as a 1st time home buyer I was as ignorant as they come. I just thought house. I didn’t think about what things will cost once I move into the house. For all you guys that are thinking about the cost of the home, try your best to find out the hidden costs, ask the owners, maybe even the neighbors. I was aware that the Boiler was old…it’s 45 years old, I’m hoping it will make it this year ($4000 to replace or so I hear). And the roof was old…it’s 12 years old (Will be replaced this month for $2400). And a host of other items I was aware of from the home inspection. I bought in the summer, so everything was great, hot, but great. Now winter comes and since my house was built in 1923, they didn’t have insulation back then, and they all wore 800 layers, and huddled around a candle for warmth.

So back to PGW and my boiler and all the other yahoos in this world that have hiked up the cost of natural gas. First for everyone out there that has a higher gas or utility bill, or who might say that my complaints are falling on deaf ears. Or perhaps you want to tell me to suck it up people have it worse…well I am sorry, but fortunately this is my blog and I can complain :)

So maybe it’s not PGW’s fault…regardless I am not a fan. Not after getting a $265 dollar gas bill. Mind you my house has been cold. I prepared. Plastic on the windows, dialed down the thermostat, I even installed one of those fancy electronic do-dads that will turn down the temp according to what you set it to on a weekly basis. I have it at 62 overnight with a wakeup of 67, down to 62 at 9am. Back up when I get home and down when I go to sleep. Insulated the water pipes. Guess what? I’m still cold. So what am I paying $265 for? To be damn cold. Yep I am actually paying to be cold. Luckily I asked for slippers and socks for Christmas. I should have asked for a down body suit.

So what did I do when I got my bill, I went home and checked my current usage. I did mad calculationg to figure out how much per CCF does it cost. 2 bucks. and how much have I used since they checked on December 16th. $34 worth. I am on track for another $250 month. So I turned down the thermostat. No more waking up to warmth, I can brave it. Who needs heat? It’s just a mental thing right? So I’ll just not invite people over, or if I do I’ll make sure it’s during the day on the weekends when there has been a lot of sun. Or I’ll have a party where we can all bring blankets and make huge forts like I did as a kid, so that we can hide under and create warmth…Lots of booze just in case.

Oh boy, the fun hidden costs of a new home and a 45 year old boiler.

Anyone else that wants to use my comment area for a soapbox please feel free. Perhaps you’ll make me feel better. My friend tried when he told me he paid $1500 for heating oil that should last a few months. I didn’t feel any better. I may create a “Help Heat Ian’s House This Winter” fund, for all you people in the south that don’t have to worry about heating costs, or for those I’ve guilted since you don’t pay as much as I do. I’ll even dance for a small fee :) I take cash, check and even money order.

2 Comments so far

  1. mac (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 9:52 am

    I think I might be able to make you feel better. A few years ago my husband and I bought our first house out in Delco. We have oil heat. Like you, it’s an older heating system…but it works fairly well.

    We’re on the budget plan, which means we pay the same set price for 11 months out of the year. This year we have to pay $263/mo. And paying $263 for oil in June is really depressing.

  2. Ian (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 2:02 pm


    That does cheer me up a bit as I won’t be paying for heat in the summer time. This IS just a short term issue… :) I am looking forward to the socks and slippers for x-mas and then I can chill out for a few months. $263 a month year round?? Wow. There’s gotta be some country we can invade and take their oil to make it cheaper for us Americans…Just can’t think of one off the top of my head. Thanks for sharing!!

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