The seasons in Maine are extreme, the winter is bitterly cold and at the height of summer it can be outrageously hot and muggy. Do not think I'm complaining about the heat, bring on summer. I absolutely despise the cold and snow. That being said, the change in seasons does beg a few questions.
It’s heating season again. Yes the oil prices are down so far this winter. I know it’s still fall but for sake of argument, we’ll call it winter where it is cold out. Win heating fuel.
It is an idea that is so simplistic and perfect. They are called Hot Tubes! It is a narrow tube that hangs from the ceiling that help funnel the warm that that rises to the ceiling back down to the ground level. To make it even hotter, it was created and will start manufactured in Maine.
Wow, finally we’re out of the ‘Polar Vortex’! A warmer weather trend is coming in starting tomorrow. Highs will be in the low 40s tomorrow through next week. Rather excited to see the cold leave for a number of reasons, first and foremost is the heating cost.
When I walked into the radio station this morning, I expected heat after all the sounding we did on and off the air about our chilly climate. I was surprised to find out the temp, which had been 62 yesterday morning, is 60 today!
Last year was a mild winter, this winter has been colder and has seen much more snow. That means we are spending more to keep the house warm. Families in Maine that rely on heating assistance are receiving less assistance than last year, due in part to, the mild winter we had last year. That is causing a problem.
We’re in a brutal cold spell, at least through this week anyway. I’ve seen two Facebook status updates from people saying something to the effect of, "I hope we don’t run out of oil." Not sure if it's because of their cash flow or not, but it does make me think to at least help direct those who are going without oil, or are challenged with heating costs, to the right place.
It's that time of the year. Well, I guess in Maine it is always that time of the year to think about heating our homes in the winter months. No matter how we do it, we all HAVE to do something. The state of Maine has a new website with calculators to help estimate heating cost, as well as information on other issues surrounding the whole subject of heating our homes.