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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-27-2008, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Some of you may remember from last year that the crappy little house I rent is very, very old and the heating system sucks. I was warned about it by the maintenance guy - the increased cost, I mean. I used it last winter for a little bit, and my gas & electric bill shot up over an extra $100 in one month!!!! He said most residents use space heaters. Well, I've been using a space heater in my room and the twins' room when they go to bed, but still... The temperature in the rest of the house is between 57-62 during the day, colder at night. And I thought that would be okay, my girls do have long hair, but Cinderella was starting to sound congested and I can't have that. It's not worth the money I'd save if my girls are going to be too cold. My question is, will I save money by turning the pilot light completely off during the day (when it's a bit warmer) and relighting it in the evening when it starts to get really cold? Or should I just leave it burning all the time? I'm not sure how much 8 hours of the pilot light uses. It's an old gas heating system with a wall unit in the living room and a tiny one in the hallway. Nothing in the bedrooms or bathroom.

I fired it up last night, it's still on. Mmmmmmmmmmmm, warm.

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Re: Heating issues

The short answer is "no" and the longer answer is "fooling with pilot lights is asking for trouble -- saving a couple cents a month isn't worth the increased risk of a fire or an explosion -- especially on a OLD unit." Call the gas company and ask what they think about it.
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Re: Heating issues

I must have said that wrong.

I meant would it save a good amount if I just turned the pilot light off during warmer days (quite safe and easy) and relight it in the evenings?

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I don't think so. Mh father left the pilot on the furnace year round. He believed that the little bit he might have saved by turning it off was not worth the possibility of the damage caused by dampness. He watched every penny! And he was a carpenter/contractor. I have never turned off my pilot.




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All year long? Well, I guess I'll just leave it be then. I wasn't sure how much it burned just being on.

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Since it wouldnt benefit you to turn the pilot light off maybe look at weather stripping around doors, foaming electrical outlets and anywhere there would be energy escaping without costing you a bunch of money to weather proof it.
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Thanks, Merry. There is definitely some of that I could do.

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Are your windows drafty? You can get those kits with the clear plastic are fairly cheap and can make a big difference. Even a towel, etc rolled up at the bottom of a door to cut drafts. This article might give you a couple of more ideas.

http://financialplan.about.com/od/sa...atingCosts.htm

If you think Cinderella is cold do you think she would wear a sweater, or a shirt?


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Re: Heating issues

The heat's on now, so Cinderella won't have to wear clothes - as if she would!

My front door actually has a thin crack down the middle that you can see out of! And some of the windows don't quite shut very air-tight. I'll be checking out all I can pick up at Home Depot tomorrow.

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Marie, we are using that peelable caulk stuff, and it worked well. You would definately be losing alot of heat through that cracked door, and drafty windows. Our windows are bad, and just plugging drafts has helped alot!
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