The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 May 2006

The Gas Game (May)

The idea here was that the gas company offered a fixed price for 12 months of $8.393 per dekatherm, and I've been trying to calculate how much it cost me not to sign up. So far, it's been rather a lot.

Current calculations:

  • November: 2.4 used at $11.044; total price $26.51; VFP price $20.14; loss of $6.37.

  • December: 4.4 used at $11.550; total price $50.82; VFP price $36.93; loss of $13.89.

  • January: 9.7 used at $12.012; total price $116.52; VFP price $81.41; loss of $35.11.

  • February: 6.4 used at $9.589; total price $61.37; VFP price $53.72; loss of $7.65.

  • March: 7.6 used at $8.455; total price $64.26; VFP price $63.79; loss of $0.47.

  • April: 4.6 used at $8.660; total price $39.83; VFP price $38.61; loss of $1.22.

  • May: 2.0 used at $8.781; total price $17.56; VFP price $16.79; loss of $0.77.

  • Cumulative: 37.1 used at $10.158; total price $376.87; VFP price $311.39; loss of $65.48.

I think we can safely rule out a break-even point between now and October.

Posted at 7:22 AM to Family Joules


Still trying to figure out how you managed to squeak by using only 9.7 dekatherms in January! I had =12= at the godawful price of $12.012. Unless they mis-read me.
I keep the house =a lot= colder than you do and have a super fantastic super efficient three year old furnace.

Posted by: ms7168 at 8:53 AM on 8 May 2006

I assure you, I'm not running the original 1948 heating system; my furnace dates to the late 1990s, which is hardly an era of profligacy.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:11 AM on 8 May 2006