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Old 08-21-2008, 08:18 AM
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Brrr! Farmers' Almanac says cold winter ahead
By The Associated Press wire report August
Households worried about the high cost of keeping warm this winter will draw little comfort from the Farmers' Almanac, which predicts below-average temperatures for most of the U.S.
"Numb's the word," says the 192-year-old publication, which claims an accuracy rate of 80 to 85 percent for its forecasts that are prepared two years in advance.
The almanac's 2009 edition, which goes on sale Tuesday, says at least two-thirds of the country can expect colder than average temperatures, with only the Far West and Southeast in line for near-normal readings.
"This is going to be catastrophic for millions of people," said almanac editor Peter Geiger, noting that the frigid forecast combined with high prices for heating fuel is sure to compound problems households will face in keeping warm.
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I think this is accurate. It's the middle of August and it's gotten down in the 50s at night already. We contracted for 500 gallons of propane over what we did last year. You might want to look ahead and see what you can do.
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:00 PM
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We love our new house. Its 3x larger and our utility bills are less than our old house. During the summer at the old house our AC ran about 250/275 at the new house cranked to 66/68 it was only 175! We should have moved years ago. Our gas bill was less last winter in comparison as well.

Good insulation and windows really does wonders.
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:04 PM
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2008 has been one of the coolest avg temp years around here in history.

Damn global warmi......er......climate change.Keep forgetting.....
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We had a couple of hot days early on but all summer long it's been about 80-85 on the hottest days. No where near it normally is.
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:28 PM
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This summer has been a pleasure here, warm/hot summer days, rain passing thru in the evenings. July is always hot 24/7 but since the beginning of August, warm hot temps go to 50's, GREAT sleeping weather. Love Aug. nights in the country.
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We love our new house. Its 3x larger and our utility bills are less than our old house. During the summer at the old house our AC ran about 250/275 at the new house cranked to 66/68 it was only 175! We should have moved years ago. Our gas bill was less last winter in comparison as well.

Good insulation and windows really does wonders.
Windows have a huge impact as you already know SM. Alot of older houses have the old single pane glass. The new stuff, like low E coatings and argon gas inside the insulated panel are a huge improvement. What kind of windows did you use in the new house?

Insulation too of course. Did you by chance use the sprayed on insulation? Icynene or something like that?
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Windows have a huge impact as you already know SM. Alot of older houses have the old single pane glass. The new stuff, like low E coatings and argon gas inside the insulated panel are a huge improvement. What kind of windows did you use in the new house?

Insulation too of course. Did you by chance use the sprayed on insulation? Icynene or something like that?
Andersen windows (I had to look it up!) We added glass block in the basement this summer with the exception of the egress and that is Andersen. I have to ask what insulation we have but I know it was upgraded from the standard offered on the house. So far energy wise I have been impressed.

Our old house was really cute but this is funny in the kitchen there as some wainscotting and we took it down to replace it and behind it there were studs and get this... newspaper for insulation! Of course it was built in the late 40's so we read the paper it was a hoot. No wonder that kitchen was so cold
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Andersen windows (I had to look it up!) We added glass block in the basement this summer with the exception of the egress and that is Andersen. I have to ask what insulation we have but I know it was upgraded from the standard offered on the house. So far energy wise I have been impressed.

Our old house was really cute but this is funny in the kitchen there as some wainscotting and we took it down to replace it and behind it there were studs and get this... newspaper for insulation! Of course it was built in the late 40's so we read the paper it was a hoot. No wonder that kitchen was so cold
Good, I was hoping you would say either Andersen, Pella, Jeld-Wen, or Marvin. There are a few more of course, but those are a few of the very best.

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Brrr! Farmers' Almanac says cold winter ahead
By The Associated Press wire report August
Households worried about the high cost of keeping warm this winter will draw little comfort from the Farmers' Almanac, which predicts below-average temperatures for most of the U.S.
"Numb's the word," says the 192-year-old publication, which claims an accuracy rate of 80 to 85 percent for its forecasts that are prepared two years in advance.
The almanac's 2009 edition, which goes on sale Tuesday, says at least two-thirds of the country can expect colder than average temperatures, with only the Far West and Southeast in line for near-normal readings.
"This is going to be catastrophic for millions of people," said almanac editor Peter Geiger, noting that the frigid forecast combined with high prices for heating fuel is sure to compound problems households will face in keeping warm.
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I think this is accurate. It's the middle of August and it's gotten down in the 50s at night already. We contracted for 500 gallons of propane over what we did last year. You might want to look ahead and see what you can do.

Damn, where is that global warming when you need it?
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Windows have a huge impact as you already know SM. Alot of older houses have the old single pane glass. The new stuff, like low E coatings and argon gas inside the insulated panel are a huge improvement. What kind of windows did you use in the new house?

Insulation too of course. Did you by chance use the sprayed on insulation? Icynene or something like that?
I had a local builder,Thompson Creek Windows,replace the crappy original windows in the house.The differences were incredible.House is MUCH quieter,and the AC kept the joint a lot cooler.
I was even able to leave out the window unit in the back bedroom,and stay nice and cool all night....
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