Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Heating Oil Update
Think it's the weather?
This year we are a lot colder that we were last year. Our snowfall thus far this year has been 20 inches, and it was only 7.2 inches last year. Temperturtes have been much colder this year as well. This can account for the usage. 3.8 gallons a day since the last delivery is well within the expected norm, but I expected far less due to our vigilance, new boiler, and new Nest thermostat.
No matter what we do to conserve, the weather puts up a good fight. If we did nothing we would loose for sure. I'm not complaining, just being observant.
I can't wait for the insulation to be installed this coming fall. That will be a game changer.
One thing I can say is that since the new boiler went in, and the new thermostat, we are not cold as we have been in the past. The boiler heats better, the steam is more abundant in the radiators as opposed to 30%, or more, flying up the chimney from the broken old boiler, and manner in which the house is heated is well controlled by that miriacle Nest knob on the wall.
If all goes according to our 2013 history, we should have one more delivery in March / April, and then nothing till Fall. Before we put in the on demand hot water system we would get a delvery in June as well. Stay tuned.
How are you doing heating your home this winter?