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goodnatured



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Subject: Gas & Fuel, UGGGGG
 
Posted on Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:15 am  

Ok guys and gals, Gas just jumped another 12 cents a gallon overnight here, I am not happy about that. Heating oil took a hit too, seems like just when you get a few cents ahead, something you can't control comes along and takes it. So, another list.

How do you conserve heating cost and on gas for your travel?

T: I bought a smaller vehicle with a smaller engine, have saved a ton there.
H: I roofed my porches and put heavy plastic around them this year to keep the draft out.
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Posted on Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:52 pm  

I know!!!!!!!! I woke up yesterday morning thinking that i should get a little gas for our SUV at $2.99 a gallon, i'm a big giant eagle fan and their fuel perks do help out when i can make it into a neighboring town as they don't have a Get Go here Sad but then yesterday afternoon when i went to pick up my son from our sitter's, it jumped to $3.09! what the hey? apparently oil prices rose drammatically at over $96 a barrel i think. who do you think gets that cost? us of course. currently we have a rent payment htat includes everything all utilities but i have to tell you that this little apartment gets very cold despite the heat being on. I'll have to either buy thermal material and make curtains or for now get the plastic and shrink it iwth heat to insulate our windows....
wish we could do what the Germans do, have a mass transit system and they either walk or take the bike. there are very little cars, especially in Austria...oh if I could go back there
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Posted on Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:02 am  

I know when I was stationed in Germany it was illegal to warm your car up, they are really big on the environment. We are way to spread out to have mass transit, I complain, but I like the freedom of having my car and be able to go where I want to, when I want to and not have to be on a schedule. I could not handle the city life, I'm a country bumpkin at heart, like the woods and the nature around me.

Hopefully the gas won't stay high for long, I only travel when necessary when it jumps up like this. I think it is crazy, I am so glad I don't heat with oil.
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Posted on Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:50 am  

Hi Good, you are fortunate. unfortunately for many of us, driving is a necessary evil in this country and the regulators know this. oh well, all we can do is control the amount of unnecessary driving like you said
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Posted on Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:51 am  

This is interesting. Smaller vehicle....okay. Well I am quite young and I do love the fast city life BUT.......I love the serene country side as well. The price of fuel has taken a hike and it becomes difficult when you maintain a life on a budget. Now I have to cut into my savings.

We are not taking our car to the nearby areas. Either we walk down or we cycle. Thats a great work out as well LOL. Have to keep up to the rising prices anyway.
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Posted on Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:56 am  

I agree Laura. We do use the cycles in our gym so why not use it on the short distances. Thats more ecological as well. People do stare sometimes but never mind its your life and you can do whatever you want to lead a frugal life. Smile
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Posted on Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:12 am  

Yes it would be good exercise, I work with a guy who cycles everyday, I don't have one. Used to have one when I was in the service, I rode it to work everyday in the summer, I worked and lived on post so it was no big deal.
I live 45 minutes from where I work now, I really don't think this old gal is up to that hike, LOL. Pretty much everything around is really far out, but I enjoy my country kind of life, I guess I will just have to deal with the gas.
I think it is great that you guys can see both sides of cycling though, exercise and environment, biking is fun too. Hope you all have a great day.
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Posted on Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:46 pm  

Man, in Europe they cycle everywhere, well at least parts of Germany and Austria anyway. and in Venice too...Americans and Chinese are the biggest consumers of oil...so going over there was a big culture shock. I thought...you want me to walk how long and to where?? that's why these folks have great health...they eat rich foods and drink wine constantly, but they have the exercise regiment built into their daily lives. it's rare you see a vehicle there except delivery vehicles and in Venice, forget it...they have those mopeds but mostly people walk or use the gondolas as Venice is complete on water. amazing stuff.
would love to cycle but we live on a major highway and there's no path that's easily available. so we have to drive but we're int he process of finding another place to live, we used to live right in town and hubby could walk to work if he wanted to. we want that again
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Posted on Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:43 am  

Moving is such a pain, I used to hate it when I was in the military, seemed never ending, then you would get there and wait two or three weeks for your stuff to arrive and hope to god it was not dropped on the ship when you went overseas. It was just a pain.

Hope you find a place where you are happy and can stay for a few years.
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Posted on Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:59 am  

I agree debtstinker. If you live close to any major highway I cannot expect myself to use a cycle. But yes thats really great to know that Italy shows such traits as well. Mary are you game for cycle?

I know you are going for a holiday there. Thats a point added to your information Smile
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Posted on Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:17 pm  

Morning everyone....I think Mary will really love it there, it's always nice to see how different cultures live, ya don't have to cycle there's pretty cool transit systems there, but Mary one word of advice...learn how to read the train station schedule...heee heee, I've missed trains going back to Austria before and that's just scary. for some reason I got confused and thoughtt hat the train was arriving at a certain time when in reality it was leaving at the time posted! eeeeeee hey i got back to the states ok Wink wink wink.
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Posted on Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:17 pm  

Good to have you back in the states debtstinker, even better to have you here on the forum.
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Posted on Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:30 pm  

I live in Tempe AZ, many people bike to work and even the grocery store... What a different concept to what I am used to seeing!!

I think its great!!
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Posted on Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:25 am  

I probably would if I lived closer to work, but I work way to far to even consider it, LOL, I don't think I am in the shape to do it anymore, It was great in the service because physically it was not a problem.

Alot of people bike in the community that I work in, it is a college town so bike rakes everywhere, especially through out campus. I think it is a wonderful idea, saves on gas, they don't have a car payment, insurance and it is a wonderful source of exercise.

Our county has turned miles of old railroad tracks into bike trails, the "rails to trails" effort has been well recieved and alot of folks do it throughout the summer months.
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Posted on Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:41 am  

This sounds very interesting. Well well red44right welcome to the forum....its great to see you here Smile

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