Originally Posted by koland
We are also all elec, but run about $150 all year - I have a lot of stuff turned on, though (computers everywhere, freezers, frigs, stereos (2), etc). Oh, and the hot tub (which reminds me, a pump needs to be fixed... need to troubleshoot that this weekend; hey, it's only 15 years old or so). Two rooms have to use supplemental heat and a/c, as there was no way to run the main system to them and one is quite large; both get enough heat to stop freezing and enough a/c to keep anyone in there from passing out.
Sounds like your system may need to be replaced. The good news is you'll save a bit with it (so may not have to run the place at 68), even on the lower-cost contractor grade systems you see advertised in our paper all the time.
Monkey - Those who didn't plan for that type of surge haven't been paying much attention to the news. It's been only a matter of time, as the low-hurricane activity century drew to a close, compounded by the slow rise in sea level in the last few years (an inch of ocean is still a lot of water). NY and the seaboard have been hit before (there are even photographs of much of the seaboard destruction from a century or so ago) and will again. They were actually quite lucky, this time, as the hurricane was pretty well slowed down by the time it climbed the coast (although that meant it stalled more, the winds were quite a bit lower than they could have been).
New Orleans isn't the only place that is built underwater and the US doesn't have any real ocean defenses for that type of storm (the islands are supposed to be a part of the defense, but we build houses there, too; and cities, which the taxpayers are on the hook to rebuild, exactly as they were before).
How many people in NY/NJ will rebuild their houses hurricane proof and on 14' pillars?
This has been quite a year hasn't it? This summer when everyone was burning in drought we had so much rain it flooded
our area. 140 homes were wash away and damaged. Most were not insured because it's a poor area. We did not make national news so no big name charities came to help. Because housing is so cheap here along with the cost of living the damage did not meet FEMA's 8 Billion mark to step in and help. The solution
given is laughable. We're were lucky we live on a hill even though hubby's work got flooded he was only off for a day.
I can't even began to compare our little flood to the devastation Sandy caused. Rebuilding will take a long time for everyone.