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Bern & Bernie in Loretto, PA

Just wanted to share this with you.

Last November we had the oil tanks filled just prior to our moving in. Initial fill was 503 gallons. I don’t think I need to remind you that last winter was a pretty nasty one. Who can forgot the heavy snowfalls. My brother-in-law who used his tractor and 8 foot snowblower to keep our driveway clear of snow also gave our home the nickname of the “North Pole” because of the high winds. We have a very beautiful view but at the cost of those winds.

Admittedly, neither Bernie nor I like a hot house, especially at night. So I initially programmed the thermostat for a daytime temperature of 72 and left the temp drop to 62 at night. Weeks and weeks passed and I honestly through the gage was broken on the oil tank. So I raised the daytime temperature to 75. Still the oil gage didn’t seem to be moving. When I turned the furnace off in late April there was still over 1/4 of a tank left.

With so many rumors flying about the cost of home heating oil going “through the roof” this fall because of the Gulf oil mess, we decided to have the oil tanks filled. Thats when we were met with a very pleasant surprise. We only used 376 gallons of oil for the entire winter. Compare that to our neighbors who used well over 1000 gallons!

Yes, indeed, this is an Energy Star home and I am most thankful for it.

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