Monday, July 24, 2017

New week



Not a whole heck of a lot going on around here. Just trying to get through another week of temps in 90’s and near 100 some days. No end in sight on it yet, either for the 10 day forecast. DH says if we wanted this kind of heat and summer we could’ve moved near his best buddy, who lives in Texas now!

There are a couple of wildfires nearby for the past week, growing in size by the day, even though crews are working them. First they had a temporary set up for the crews in the grade school, but now it’s all at a big tent city set up in a field about 10 miles from here, across from the fire that is up in the mountains. Smokey smelling near our property, but it’s blowing the opposite direction from town, so we are not smelling it much. So far the big fire is about 2000 acres.  I think they took care of the other one, for the most part.

Did I mention about DH getting his Rosuvastatin (Crestor) prescription and feeling sick every day he was taking it? I had called the pharmacist at CVS in the city to find out the mfg of what they use. Then I called the pharmacist here in town and it was different. Both pharmacists say it’s possible that with different mfg’s they use different inert ingredients and that could be causing this change. He stopped taking it last week and immediately felt better. The pharmacist here is town had mentioned he might be able to get it from the same mfg CVS uses, so I called him up this morning and he said he could and will have it in tomorrow.  Hopefully this will take care of the problem. 

I’m so confused about our propane billing. We are on an “auto-fill” type of account, which I took to mean they monitor and refill when it gets down. But there was a notice in the paper about the “summer fill” and to call by 7/5 to get in on the summer fill appointments. I called to get it all clarified. She explained we get the summer rate at any time during the year that our tank falls down to like 25% and they come fill on their schedule. She also mentioned a bill just got mailed for the annual $75 tank rental. I said ok, I understand it now, I just wanted to figure it out and we were still at about 30% left.  She then said since we were down to 30% she’d let the delivery guy know.  I got bill in the mail the next day for the $75 and a few days later the guy came and filled up and gave is a printout type of bill for 200 gallons at 1.19/gallon and an envelope to mail it in. So, I mailed a check for $313.  Saturday I get an invoice in the mail for a “pre-pay cap contract” for 200 gallons at $1.55. I think this is in addition to the $313 I just paid? The fine print says “contracted gallons will be filled from October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018.  I’m so confused on how this all works! So, I’m now assuming if I send in a check for $310.00 that covers our next fill up and if we only need another 200 gallons next summer, I won’t get a bill for that fill up? I’ll just pay another “prepay” amount next July/August? I guess I'll have to call for yet another explanation of how this all works.

8 comments:

  1. Your propane thing is VERY confusing to me. I have never used a propane tank, but I would have to learn a lot if I had one.

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    1. Plus the big tanks are big and ugly LOL

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  2. We've had a propane tank for 20 years. Sounds like you did a pre-buy to lock in the lower price. If so, you would be correct in that unless you use more than 200 gallons over the Winter, you won't get another bill. We have two 1000 gallon tanks and are planning on topping them off one more time before Winter hits.

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    1. That's what I'm thinking how it must work. We plan to get a 1000 gallon tank when we build our house. Here we have 500, but it's only for heat. Everything else is electric

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    2. The former owner for whatever reason wanted two tanks. No way would we go through that much in a year as we primarily heat with wood. Thankfully the former owner also wanted the tanks hidden completely from view and had them located deep in the woods. Even in the dead of Winter, thankfully they can't be seen.

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    3. The neighbors at our property put their tank underground, so that's what we are going to do too. They just have a plastic type lid that accesses the tank underground, is all you can see of it in their yard.

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  3. I think utility companies make things harder on purpose. If they can confuse us enough, they can certainly overcharge us here and there.

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    1. probably! supposedly I'm saving money doing it this way, haha

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