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Jenny Gump
12-03-2005, 01:09 PM
My gas bill was outrageous this month. So I have a question. If I close the heating exchanges in the rooms I don't use very much, will that make my furnace work harder...thus make my bill higher?

I need some advice.

Thanks in advance.

ferrarispider95
12-03-2005, 01:12 PM
no should have to work less, if it has less rooms to heat

Bwana
12-03-2005, 01:14 PM
It should help Jenny. A lot of it depends where your thermostat is located. Just be careful not to close off areas with water pipes if it gets really cold or your house could look like a bass pond.

Bugeater
12-03-2005, 01:48 PM
Not good, it wasn't even cold last month. It's kind of rare, but some homes have dampers in the ducts. If your basement isn't finished, look for small handles on the bottom of the ducts where they split off to the rooms. That's a more effective way to shut off a room if you're lucky enough to have them.

jspchief
12-03-2005, 02:43 PM
Go ahead and close the the vents i nthe rooms you don't use. That should get more warm air to the rooms you do use, which in turn should alllow you to turn the thermostat down.

Consider doing some things to winterize your home. Make sure your storm windows are closed, and then put plastic over the windows. It may not be the most attractive, but it's a cheap way to improve the efficiency of bad windows.

JBucc
12-03-2005, 03:41 PM
All I know is if you own one, it's 4 times the roll, and if you own both, it's 10 times the roll

Rain Man
12-03-2005, 03:52 PM
The key is to keep the room with the thermostat warm. Furnaces tend to be pretty singleminded about that sort of thing.

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 03:57 PM
My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....

Chiefs_Mike_Topeka
12-03-2005, 03:59 PM
My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.







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jspchief
12-03-2005, 04:00 PM
My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....I just got done snowblowing my driveway, and the pictures in the three day forecast have igloos in them.

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 04:06 PM
I just got done snowblowing my driveway, and the pictures in the three day forecast have igloos in them.
And, to make matter worse, you live in Iowa.

ChiefsOne
12-03-2005, 04:16 PM
My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....


I hope you get a heat stroke!

Donger
12-03-2005, 04:16 PM
My gas bill was outrageous this month. So I have a question. If I close the heating exchanges in the rooms I don't use very much, will that make my furnace work harder...thus make my bill higher?

I need some advice.

Thanks in advance.

No. It will not. By closing the vents (and the doors, of course), you are reducing the volume of air that the furnace must heat. Make sure that the rooms that you close off don't have any water pipes running near them.

I'd also recommend a programmable thermostat, one that you can set four time zones per day (overnight, morning, day, evening). They are about $60, and it will pay for itself this year.

Also, remember that for every degree you increase or decrease your temperature setpoint, you increase or decrease your heating $$$ by about 6% What is your present setpoint?

Bugeater
12-03-2005, 04:18 PM
My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....


Yes, and it's over 100 degrees from May to September there. I'll take the snow.

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 04:21 PM
Yes, and it's over 100 degrees from May to September there. I'll take the snow.
May... don't be silly.

Triple digits start appearing in March... April at the latest.

Skip Towne
12-03-2005, 04:21 PM
My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....
That should make up for some of those days when your mail box was so hot you couldn't touch it.

Bob Dole
12-03-2005, 04:22 PM
I should really be outside working on my deck....
You already need to work on your deck?

That's what you get when you employ the retarted.

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 04:23 PM
That should make up for some of those days when your mail box was so hot you couldn't touch it.
Why would I want to touch my mailbox? It's full of bills.

Jenny Gump
12-03-2005, 04:49 PM
Thanks to everyone who responded. I know what you say makes sense, I just didn't know for sure. The thermostat is in the downstairs hallway, so it's easy to keep it regulated. I was just shocked to open my bill today. The bill was >200% higher than last month, and it looked like the gas portion was to blame. Yikes. Maybe I'll build me a fire in the fireplace this winter.

Oh, and Endelt...I hate you.

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 04:52 PM
I love you, too, Jenny.

Donger
12-03-2005, 04:52 PM
Thanks to everyone who responded. I know what you say makes sense, I just didn't know for sure. The thermostat is in the downstairs hallway, so it's easy to keep it regulated. I was just shocked to open my bill today. The bill was >200% higher than last month, and it looked like the gas portion was to blame. Yikes. Maybe I'll build me a fire in the fireplace this winter.

Oh, and Endelt...I hate you.

Get the thermostat and make the overnight (and if you have distinct away hours) very low. It will make a huge difference.

Jenny Gump
12-03-2005, 05:02 PM
Get the thermostat and make the overnight (and if you have distinct away hours) very low. It will make a huge difference.

Good. I'm really into "huge".

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 05:05 PM
F*ckin' size queens.

Skip Towne
12-03-2005, 05:07 PM
We had a really mild November so I don't see why your bill jumped 200%. I'd look into the cause of that. it could be just the times the meters were read.

Jenny Gump
12-03-2005, 05:08 PM
F*ckin' size queens.

Well, the truth is...if it's small enough to accidentally slip into my nostril, I'm not interested. Anything banana size or larger is regulation. But then, that's just me.

Jenny Gump
12-03-2005, 05:09 PM
We had a really mild November so I don't see why your bill jumped 200%. I'd look into the cause of that. it could be just the times the meters were read.

That's what I thought too. I guess I should call them Monday. It sucks. I'm gonna have to get a side job to support my heater habit.

Skip Towne
12-03-2005, 05:12 PM
That's what I thought too. I guess I should call them Monday. It sucks. I'm gonna have to get a side job to support my heater habit.
I'd sure call them about it. I once had them mixing up my meter with another one that was close by. When we unraveled it, they owed me $1000. Man did they hate to admit it.

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 05:15 PM
Well, the truth is...if it's small enough to accidentally slip into my nostril, I'm not interested. Anything banana size or larger is regulation. But then, that's just me.
How about a plantain?

Jenny Gump
12-03-2005, 05:16 PM
How about a plantain?

Fine. But I'd prefer it not to look like a rotten banana.

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 05:16 PM
Fine. But I'd prefer it not to look like a rotten banana.
Note to self: shower.

Donger
12-03-2005, 05:25 PM
George Michael? WTF?

ENDelt260
12-03-2005, 05:25 PM
I agree... wtf?

Jenny Gump
12-03-2005, 05:36 PM
George Michael? WTF?

ROFL

Compliments of your wife...remember.

keg in kc
12-03-2005, 05:37 PM
I told you a gas-powered vibrator was a bad idea, but would you listen?! Of course not.

Jenny Gump
12-03-2005, 05:40 PM
I told you a gas-powered vibrator was a bad idea, but would you listen?! Of course not.

ROFL

As an aside, the whole "vibration" thing is way overrated. Or so Zach has told me.

keg in kc
12-03-2005, 05:42 PM
As an aside, the whole "vibration" thing is way overrated. Or so Zach has told me.The first words that came to mind are "pilot error".

Donger
12-03-2005, 05:58 PM
ROFL

Compliments of your wife...remember.

Oh yeah. After that, I decided to shave more than twice a week.

Donger
12-03-2005, 05:59 PM
I agree... wtf?

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?p=2861833#post2861833

keg in kc
12-03-2005, 06:00 PM
After that, I decided to shave more than twice a week.I can't remember the last time I shaved twice in the same week. Living alone is sweet. Except I really need somebody to clean this dump for me.

Braincase
12-03-2005, 08:48 PM
I always thought Jenny would be hot enough to eliminate gas bills for a city block, yo!