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Gas Line Bill Sent – Over Budget

Gas Meter InstallThe man from Questar dropped by and consulted with us about line and meter location. We’ll be placing it in between the laundry room wall and the hall wall in the basement.

The listed appliances with accompanying BTUs:

  • 1 boiler: 178,000
  • 1 barbecue: 20,000
  • 1 dryer: 22,000
  • 2 fireplaces: 70,000
  • 3 furnaces: 300,000
  • 1 range: 60,000
  • 1 space heater: 50,000

Total BTU’s: 700,000

Unfortunately, the estimate was $1,200 but the actual cost was $1,674. (That’s with a $605 allowance, whatever that is.) Ouch. That’s another bite out of the contingency.

Update: Brad spoke to the folks at Questar and was able to get our bill down to $1,466.10. That put us only $266.10 over budget instead of $474. Every dollar counts when you’re on a tight budget. Good work, Brad!

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  • Todd - Home Construction & Improvement February 15, 2010, 5:32 am

    That one hurts…..I always tell folks to count on a 10% contingency. Just means you need to find $400 else where to make up the difference…put the squeeze on one of the trades! 🙂
    .-= Todd – Home Construction & Improvement hopes you’ll read DeWALT DW618B3 Three Base Router Kit Review =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 15, 2010, 11:36 am

    Thanks for the sympathy. If we need a 10% contingency, we are hosed!

    The squeezing begins!

  • Ileane February 15, 2010, 2:33 pm

    Ouch is right. 10% is nothing when Macy’s is having a sale, but a 10% contingency is huge. Hang in there girl.
    .-= Ileane hopes you’ll read Twitter, Tweetmeme, and Your Retweets =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 15, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Thanks for the support, Ileane! 🙂

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