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Janet Link
A blog by a New Jersey mom about how individuals like us can survive in a world of constantly escalating energy prices. Tips and talk on saving energy and money in your home, your car, or wherever.
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We're loving our new replacement windows for the looks and comfort, but all this pleasure didn't come cheap. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at EnergyMiser101
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My husband and I were working upstairs late one afternoon last month when we heard our daughter, who was doing her homework in the kitchen downstairs, moaning about an awful smell. We both assumed it was more teen-age theatrics, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at EnergyMiser101
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It seems like we just can't win on heating-oil prices. The U.S. Energy Department estimates that we're going to pay 10 percent more for heating oil this winter than we did last year, even though temperatures for the season are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at EnergyMiser101
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We just got a 170-gallon heating-oil delivery, and at the $4 a gallon we’re paying in New Jersey the bill came to a whopping $680 dollars! If you heat with oil, you’re sure to feel our pain. But what to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at EnergyMiser101
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Aug 8, 2011
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Ouch! We just got our heating oil bill for a delivery made a few days ago and it was over $700 for just 183 gallons! That really hurts. The U.S. Energy Department says households will have to spend 30 percent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2011 at EnergyMiser101
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The new winter heating oil season is underway and while we're looking forward to toasty nights by the fireplace, today we're celebrating the past. After tallying our bills for last season we found that we cut our consumption of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at EnergyMiser101
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Mar 15, 2010
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A reader, concerned about a potential rise in her electricity bill, wrote to me the other day with some questions about her new, larger TV and its energy usage. The distractions of snow days and the long Presidents Day weekend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at EnergyMiser101
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It got down to 14 degrees in northern New Jersey over the weekend, and the wind was howling through the trees—not a recipe for a toasty warm house when we keep the thermostat at 62 degrees. But upstairs in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at EnergyMiser101
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You may be noticing some large, deep holes in front yards around town and wondering what's going on. Well, don't panic. It's not some strange burial ritual, but rather a sign that many residents in Montclair and other New Jersey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
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If you want an energy efficient, convenient, and delicious dinner, try using a crock pot. I saved about 80 cents by using my slow cooker instead of the stove top to make a dinner recently, and everyone loved the results.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
If you notice higher gasoline prices at your local pump, don't think it's because there isn't enough oil to go around. Supplies of refined products, both gasoline and heating oil, are plentiful. Gasoline stocks rose this past week, but prices... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
Prices for gasoline and heating oil rose in the U.S. this past week, following crude oil. There were no major supply/demand fundamentals driving prices up, and as I mentioned in an earlier entry, supplies of refined products, particularly heating oil,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
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If you've ever wondered what happens to the old newspapers, water bottles and laundry detergent containers you put at your curb once a week, you might be surprised to learn where they go and what they're worth. The items that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
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If you've ever wondered what happens to the old newspapers, water bottles and laundry detergent containers you put at your curb once a week, you might be surprised to learn where they go and what they're worth. The items that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
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I took my daughter to the YMCA this morning and picked up a flier on composting that caught my eye. It's a great way to save energy because you don't have to buy fertilizer, which has natural gas as a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
When it comes to both gasoline and heating oil prices, consumers could be in for some significant price relief. The key word here is supply, or more precisely, oversupply. The Energy Department reported lower spot prices for gasoline in all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
I'm frustrated. I can't find my Pages link. I'm not sure why you changed the format, but I think it will take a lot of users some time to get used to it.
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The Energy information Administration (EIA) published its winter fuels outlook today, and it brings good news for homeowners. This winter, the EIA said it expects the average US household to spend $84 or 8% less on its home heating bill... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
It' s supposed to reach nearly 70 degrees this coming week in New Jersey, but the other day when the temperature inside our house dipped to around 63 degrees and our heat came on I knew that this week's forecast... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
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I'm a comparison shopper. Before I buy anything, from boots to bed linens, I compare brands and prices. So, when a neighborhood painter told me recently that he saved a lot of money last winter buying heating oil from a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
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The Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers (yes, there is such a thing!) has an interesting website with daily recycling tips for consumers. Yesterday their tip was to remove bottle caps from plastic bottles before you put the bottles in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
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My book club met again today, and before our talk turned to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (a great book, by the way), we discussed heating oil tanks—specifically old ones, how much trouble they can cause, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2009 at EnergyMiser101
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I'm not a big fan of air conditioning because I don't like that closed up feeling. But when the temperature hits 85 and it's humid, I love it. It's especially great at night when you're trying to fall asleep. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2009 at EnergyMiser101