We have been having a big snow storm and small snow falls each week. The fourth big storm will be starting tomorrow afternoon and running through Sunday. I've had 3 storms totalling 50"+ which has compacted down to about 2'. They say Boston has had 72"+ and is spending way past their budget.
The temperature is 3* and the windchill is -12*. I'm hoping for a sunny day so that the solar heating can help the house. It is 62* inside right now and I'm letting the wood furnace go out so that I can clean it and the chimney in preparation for the coming storm. One of the power companies is so worried that they have prepositioned generators for maintaining power.
The price of oil is down but people are having to use alot more than usual. This is going to end up being a fianancially hard winter for people in my area. The cost of heating may be a bit lower but the cost of snow removel has gone way up. My driveway would probably have cost $100 to $200 per plowing and I would have probably have spent about $750 by now if I had one of the local guys doing my driveway. Instead, I have my tractor and shovel. I've spent about 14 hours seat time and about 5 hours shovel time so far.
I'm doing a better job than someone else could and I'm saving about $50 per hour for my tractor time. I spent $500 on parts and maintenance supplies this year and she has already paid me back.
I guess that I'm being long winded but I wanted to point out that our hobby saves money, gives us independance, and lets us set the quality level of our driveway surface. Good Luck, Rick
Update at 1200hrs : its is sunny, 12* outside with -4* windchill, inside has warmed up to 72* just on solar gain. Hopefully I won't have to light the furnace until tomorrow. @1700 outside is the same and the temp inside peaked at 74* but is now down to 70*. At 0630 this morning it is -10* outside and 60* inside so I fired up the woodstoves.
Edited by boyscout862, February 14, 2015 - 06:58 AM.