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Sick House

We had a sick house over the last few days. Jenny and I came down with the bug. I was fortunate and only came up with a light case. A day off work and I'm fine.

I did get more tasks accomplished. I replaced the flap on the toilet. Hopefully it leaks even less down. I continued sanding down the ex-hole in the wall that is the remnant of the 70's whole house audio system. More incandescents have been replaced with LEDs.

I finally picked up Dragon's Age again and wrapped up the beginning. Similarities and synchronicities between my writing and this work have continued to surface. They have a character that's a very intelligent dog, but still a dog. Me too! They have a character that speaks very poetically. So do I! They have scheming dwarves. So do I! 


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Jan. 18th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
Hope you guys are feeling better!

Where are you getting your LEDs from? We may do a whole-house replacement when feasible. The light bills here at night might get enormous.
Jan. 19th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
Home Depot for the lights. PEPCO subsidizes some models. I generally like the light, but Jenny is not as fond.
Jan. 20th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
I will say, if you *really* want to make a dent in your electricity usage, nothing goes so far as getting replacement windows. Our old house has had much smaller bills due to that. I'm not even sure it's an option at the new place. Insulated siding also helped a *lot*.
Jan. 20th, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
We got an energy audit. Even better. You should see the infra-red cameras that they have. They create negative pressure with a blower and see where the cold comes in.

#1 is always better insulation. We already knew that we needed attic insulation.
#2 We already have double-paned windows, but we're getting from the framing, so they need to get resealed.
#3 We're getting cold at the ceiling joints, so the tops of the walls need some extra sealing.
#4 [Completed in September] The fridges that came with the house were ancient. We replaced two fridges with one modern efficient fridge.
#5 Our furnace stinks. It's on its last legs.

Weirdly, Jenny has identified that our gas usage is FAR worse than our old house. Something is going on. Either something is sucking down absurd amount of gas from a pilot light, or we have a leak, or the water heater is for beans.

We really gotta get these bills down because we are literally bleeding money. Our finances are a joke.
Jan. 20th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is the first time we've lived in a house with propane, and combining the "buy-out" of what was left in the tank plus the first month's bill? I wanted to CRY.

Our "on demand" hot water heater is gas-fired, AND first-generation. It may be necessary to replace it. Plus, we're always either freezing or getting scalded when we shower. :/

Not sure I like the gas stove either, the only thing I can smell when I'm cooking is the gas burning. >.< :P :P :P

Our inspector said we needed more insulation blown into the attic over the garage, but we haven't done that yet. A lot of what I want to do to THIS place has to wait until we sell the OLD place, and who knows how long that will take?
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