17 degrees outside and I have no heat!

@dragon54u (31352)
United States
January 6, 2010 11:21am CST
Don't panic, they are working on the gas lines and had to shut off my gas for a couple hours. That was 20 minutes ago and the inside temp has dropped down to 65--I usually keep it at 66 to economize and wear a lot of clothing! I'm sure it'll be really chilly by the time they come back to turn it back on. It got me thinking about people whose homes are cold because of storms cutting off their power or other things. I wonder how they get along? I have a gas fireplace in case the electricity goes out but when there's no gas I have no heat. Have you ever lost your heat? I remember not being able to afford it years ago and freezing all winter. What do you do when you have no heat due to the weather?
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@bricked (151)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I know the feeling. right now in our house our furnace just went down. I don't have to money to get it replace. They told us to heat the house with space heater and a lot of blanket and hopefully that we don't get our pipe freeze.. couple hours would be okay.. Just dress warm and make it fun!
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
6 Jan 10
That is no fun, I know. I went a whole winter with no heat in a house divided into apartments. I did have a gas stove but it did no good unless you were standing right next to it. It was a miserable winter! Call your local community resources center, most places have them, and see if they can give you any help. If you own your house, these things happen at the worst times. If you don't own your house, your landlord has to fix it. If you rent, call the landlord and if he won't fix it you have legal recourse. Space heaters can be very dangerous. Stay warm and safe!
@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
6 Jan 10
Hi Dragon! Do you have an electric or gas stove? if it's electric you could turn the oven on for a little while. Maybe the dryer would produce a little bit of heat? I have a little heater that runs off of a propane tank and it works pretty well. The house I used to live in ran off of fuel oil and it was really expensive to fill the tank, so I got a couple of kerosene heaters and later found out it was cheaper, easier and cleaner to run a heater with propane. It only takes a little tank like you would use for a grill. I don't use the kerosene heaters anymore, they are expensive to use as kerosene is up in price now and if the globe gets off of the ring it's supposed to be on, it makes a lot of smoke and turns everything in the house black. I do use the propane heaters though, they supplement and keep the furnace from running a lot (I don't keep them close to the thermostat because then the furnace son't run). One tank of propane, putting the heater on low, runs for two days. On high it runs for one day. I bought mine at tractor suppply, it is a Mr. Heater 'Big Buddy' You can find them online, too....I've seen them on ebay and amazon but they go really fast during the winter. Hope your gas gets turned back on soon and don't forget to restart your pilot lights!
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@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
6 Jan 10
**just a note about the big buddy heater** It does shut off if it gets knocked over
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I just looked up the Big Buddy and it's a reasonable price! I'm a bit scared of propane, though. The gas is rarely out here, this was because of a leak and I'm also glad they found a small leak inside my house that they will be fixing for free. So this was a blessing in disguise! Still, I'm COLD! The guys are going to re-light my pilot lights and make sure everything is okay before they leave, bless 'em!
@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
7 Jan 10
It's been a few hours since I was here on mylot, is your gas back on now? As for the big buddy, I used two to heat the house with and still use them every now and then when it gets really cold. Just some precautions if you do decide to get one. I have an old steel computer stand that I put it on so it's not on the wooden or carpeted floor. I keep a spray bottle of soap/water and spray the connections each time I switch out a bottle, if I get bubbles, it's not connected right. I don't get any fumes from it, even when the gas runs out. the bottles of propane are affordable (I think walmart is the cheapest around here, though I haven't ever gone to a refill station) I didn't put it near any curtains, beds or let the dog near it. (I was always afraid he would catch his tail on fire) A lot of electric heaters fall over and don't shut off - thus causing a fire. The big buddy has a knock-over feature, if it gets tipped or knocked over it has an auto shut off....it does work, I tipped it over on purpose just to see if it would shut off. I thought about selling mine but think they would really come in handy if, during the winter we lose power and gas due to a winter storm. We don't really get a lot of them where I'm at in Ohio but it's happened before and I'd only have to make my way to the garage and basement to get them out. ....and yes, they work good in an unheated garage in the winter, too.
• United States
7 Jan 10
It is very difficult, i remember a few years ago that we lost power for about a week after a bad ice storm cut out power to many areas. We used a generator to get electic heat source but could only heat one room so everyone had to stay in that room. We also heated basement to prevent water pipes from freezing and breaking, letting faucets drip so we didnt break pipes. It was hard to live this way a week but we managed. I hope they got your heat fixed fast.
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
7 Jan 10
It was only a few hours but it got very cold! The important thing is that they found a small gas leak in my basement and fixed it as well as fixing the leak in the street. Being without heat was worth it in this case!
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
7 Jan 10
I remember as a young child when my parents didn't have the money to pay the bill for heat. Oh how cold it was. You would have to wear layers upon layers of clothes. The worse to would be seeing your breath in the house when it was cold. It made it feel even colder. Thank God this has not happened to me in my adult life and I hope it never does. I hope you have your heat back on by now. Good luck and keep warm.
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
7 Jan 10
They had it back on in 3.5 hours but it got down to 62 in here. Cold!! I have been without heat in my adult life and I was miserable. This brought back that memory and made me grateful for what I have now!
@Hatley (161922)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Jan 10
hi dragon54u well I grew up in south dakota and we made damned sure we had coal and wood and gas also long before the snows came as we often were blizzard in for days at a time. so we never really ran out as the heater was interchangeable so it could burn coal or oil so no we might run out of somethings but not heating sources. maybe all were not that provident but my dad was very well prepared even to food and drink. we learned to be self sufficent during the first depression and the second world war. now I am in California and its not that cold here. thank goodness.
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I thought I was prepared--and I am, if the electricity goes out and the furnace won't work because I have the gas fireplace. When they had to shut off the gas to fix the line I was rather uncomfortable. But it was a blessing in disguise! The guys found a small leak in my basement in the pipe that leads to the sauna I never use and they fixed that for me. My neighbor also had a leak but it was outside his house and they fixed that, too. So we're both safe, I wasn't uncomfortable for long and my gas bill will probably be lower next month.
@flowerchilde (12520)
• United States
6 Jan 10
Say! that reminds me I have to call and order some fuel oil.. been keeping a close eye on it and keeping the thermostat low so I wouldn't have to order it before now cause I didn't have the money! I'll still be ordering the minimum, but made it past the holidays.. glad your outage is temporary and hope it's restored soon!
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
7 Jan 10
It was only 3.5 hours and they did find a leak in my basement and fixed it so it was a blessing in disguise that there was a leak in the street! My bill next month will probably be lower. Last month I used the heat all month and it was $82 which I thought was a lot till my neighbor said he paid $225! Our houses are the same size, too. Buy your fuel ASAP! It's beginning to go up and is expected to skyrocket. I keep my temp at 66 in the winter but right now I'm treating myself and the dogs to 68 because we're still a bit chilled from when they had to turn off the gas!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I remember loosing my heat for 12 hours an about two years ago. Don't ask me how many candles I was burning to keep myself warm, but it was not as cold as it is now...I like to keep 67F in my place when I am at home, 62F at night and when no humans are at home. My dogs and my cat are not complaining at 62 and with warm bed.
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
6 Jan 10
They just finished repairs inside the house and the heat is on again, after getting down to 62. It wasn't bad, my hands just got very cold! The dogs didn't seem to mind, either. But I turned it up to 68 for a treat! All in all, I think that 3.5 hours without heat and only losing 4 degrees is pretty good. And I got a leak fixed that I didn't know about! Aren't dogs and cats great? They never complain, they just adapt and make themselves comfortable as long as their humans are happy!
@Java09 (3085)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I hope you get your heat going soon.I'd feel so uncomfortable with out heat.I couldn't imagine having the power cut off this time of year,it must be terrible for those people.
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@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
6 Jan 10
It will be back on in a couple of hours. I doubt it will go below 50-55 in here. It's actually a good thing because the gas guy found a small leak in one of my inside pipes and he will fix it before they turn the gas back on. So it's a blessing in disguise!