Featured Entry – Furnace 16
Debra from Woolwich, Maine
“Well, I don’t know if I SHOULD win but I know why I’d like to. My house is a 1,500 sq/ft. rancher which I bought a year-and-a-half ago. So far I have had to replace the roof ($10,000) and well pump ($950) among other things. Because the furnace/boiler is old, it is incredibly inefficient. The front is cast iron and the heat pours off it into the basement. It costs as much to heat this house as it does my sister to heat her 2-and-a-half story house, half-a-mile away. The furnace consumes an average of about 100 gallons of oil per month—somehow even in the summer!
My 84-year-old father, who has dementia, lives with me and he gets cold easily, so this winter I supplemented with electric heaters. I keep his bedroom and the living room around 72-74 degrees during the day but in the rest of the house (every room is a zone) the thermostats are set at 60 or lower. An efficient furnace would be safer and certainly decrease heating costs. I know I need a new one, but I can’t afford it.”
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Posted on March 20, 2012