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Space heaters can be very expensive as I found out one winter

Posted By: Electric heaters on 2005-10-18
In Reply to: My mother lives with us. We bought small electric space heater for her (sm) - Me

by just trying to heat my office and leaving the reest of house cold. The cost to use the space heater was more than the gas furnace would ahve been.

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space heaters

I use a small space heater here in my office, but mine is old and doesn't work half the time.  My office is only 8 x 10.  Our power bills are going up 40% (yikes!) this winter, so I want to be prepared to turn down the temperature in the rest of the house and still keep warm in my office.  What are some preferences among my fellow MTs?  Ceramic?  Oil-filled?  Forced heat?  Which brand names are the best?

Regarding space heaters
I have a very old electric heater that is temperature controlled.  What is great about it is if it happens to get knocked over, it automatically shuts off. Please stay away from any type of heater that requires the use of oil, as the fumes can be very harmful in an office. Garage is one thing where the square footage is more, but I would never use one in my home......also, due to the film it puts on your walls, carpet, curtains, and everything else in that particular room.
MedQuist? Ctrl+shift+F, period, space, tab, period, space, space, change all. nm
Monitor heaters are WONDERFUL!!! SM
Fortunately, we have a Monitor heater which is maybe the most efficient
heater you can buy..we burn kerosene..we have a 250/gal tank..yesterday
we got 100 gal. at 3.36/gal..that will hold us pretty good for quite a
while and in the meantime we'll be buying 10 gal. at a time wherever
we can find it cheaper which at this point is 30 miles away. We live
in the mountains and it gets very cold up here and stays cold til
April. I set it on 58 before I go to bed..the heater kicks on at 58 and
heats it up to 4 degrees higher. In the daytime I'll keep it on 64 and
we'll be wearing more clothes.
But expensive gin and expensive cheese. I deserve it.
I meant "One space or two", not "l space or two" nm
Expensive and if lost very expensive

Very expensive and if ever lost would cost me the account.  Also I have several docs that are very strict about HIPAA compliance and I  am sure that they would not go for this.   One would not even let one of the front office gals take home the tapes over the weekend so I could pick up on Sunday and get some of it done over the weekend due to HIPAA so am fairly confident that they would not go for this.   So we will see what they say when I tell them I am taking a week off.  I do have some gals that will help cover, it  is the accounts that hate to have anyone else do it.  But I refuse to digital and take my laptop with me to do accounts.  I have never and wll never do that while on vacation and they know it. 

Just for giggles this winter sm
I used my electric potpourri pot with some liquid potpourri added to the water. I helped out tremendously while adding a nice scent to the air.  It didn't toss out white dust like my cheapie humidifier did and the noise of a running humidifier wasn't there either.  I also put bowls of water in front of the register in both winter and summer for a little humidity. 
Winter wonderland in NH
I guess we are supposed to get about 10 inches.  Its awful to say this but I had no idea it was even going to snow, I've been so busy lately working and doing errands that I haven't watched TV.  It was a shock to me when my neighbor called and said the kids were getting out of school early today because of the weather, I looked out side and was like why, it wasn't even snowing :)  Oh well, its the start of my weekend so I guess I can't really complain...stay warm!
Nope, it's seasonal. Aug. 31 through winter.
YIKES!!!Got our oil contract for this winter and almost passed out!!!

Last year I paid $845 for  600 gal of oil with a 2 months to pay. Yesterday, I recieved our contract for this winter and it would cost $1517!!!!!

Guess who won't be taking the contract.  That's ridiculous. The country is going to go broke at this rate. They want $759 for 300 gallons. That takes us 3 months into the winter, but......where do they think the seniors  and others are going to get this money?

Guess old Mamma Bear is coming out of storage this year. Wood is no problem for us. We have a stockpile for the garage coal & wood stove and a friend that has 11 acres of woods he likes certain areas cleared every year.

I feel bad for others who have no access to another heating source.

Anybody go south for winter and continue working?

Hubby and I are thinking of going south for the first time this coming winter.  I've found some sublets with internet access, mostly wireless, one wired.  My work uses DocQScribe and internet based.   I use a desktop computer for work but have a laptop capable of the job. 

Have any of you done this?  If so, what was your experience?  Any tips or precautions as far as wireless internet security?  At home we have a wired network with a hardware firewall/router so no experience with wireless.  I'm not high tech but not a complete novice either.

As for paying bills and accessing cash in a different locale, did you use online banking and ATMs or some other method?  I confess some hesitation about online banking even though most of my friends and neighbors have used it for years!

Thanks to anyone who can help. 

We just signed up for our propane for winter.. It's gone up a dollar per gallon...
from last year.  There is no shortage of propane as far as I know.  They just raise the price because they can.  We're paying 1.89 per gallon.  Thank goodness we have 2 wood stoves, but I'm sure a cord of wood will double too. . You can't win.
Ya know, winter doesn't officially start until tomorrow

And, I'm already tired of the cold,

tired of all the snow,

but my kids love it and I can't move.

Then consider the heat bill.....now I'm crying

Only during the summer. Wild colored toe socks in winter.
Work some holidays - don't really mind during the winter months, but
when summer rolls around, I am at the beach on the holidays and do not work them. As an IC, we get nothing extra as far as $$ just the extra work.

Can't complain - have plenty of work all of the time.
I heard crickets til I realized it was winter. Was really the start of chronic
i still use my fan even during fall/winter and turn it towards the wall but drowns out noises. nm
How are you planning to deal with the oncoming high winter heating bills?
I'll be bumping the thermostat back another degree or 2, down to whatever leveI I can  not be cold at.  Otherwise there will be less "fun" money spent if it has to go to the oil companies!
The HandEze gloves are nice w/the wrist support. I like them in the winter. Other brands to
I use regular thin winter gloves and cut the fingertips off. Works great! nm
I want my bread crumbs white so I let them dry up in the open overnight (winter brings low humidity)
a very good way not to waste stale bread (aside from pudding).
Oh, I found it really creepy when you said you found the flowers not so skillfully arranged on your
steps, and from your own flower bed.  That's what I was worried about, having gone thru some psycho kids myself with my pups.  Someone's been in your yard and in your garden and at your door without your knowledge.  Its just creepy to me, and I'd still be very, very careful.  Especially valid sounded the other MTs warning you about potential fake molestation charges.  You just NEVER know nowadays, and these people have already turned on you big time once. Luckily (though I don't believe in luck), you had it on film to save yourself and your puppy.  You might not be that lucky next time, and the whole thing just sounds very unstable to me right now.  I know you feel sorry for the little girl, but probably the only time I have ever made BAD decisions regarding my life is when I felt sorry for someone, particularly kids.  My son even has an evil kid in his life, but one who has a million reasons for sympathy, and I was saying how we should "be bigger" than the situation and invite this kid over to play.  Thankfully, I regained my sanity long enough to remember - ever time I have done something like that on a personal basis for someone just because I feel sorry for them AFTER horrible behavior, it has always been a disaster... Be kind, but you don't have to risk your family again. Be kind from a distance.  Its sorry she went thru this horrible experience, but YOU didn't cause it, and its not really your problem.  But it could be your problem if this kid acts out in your life.  Know what I mean?
I think I found it, found multiple recipes with the same
exact ingredients so I figure this must be it. 
They are expensive too but most of all very
dangerous. Just make sure you are careful with it because they are the main cause of deadly fires every year.......My mother-in-law uses them to supplement and it worries me so much when my kids spend the night.
and it is EXPENSIVE. nm
VERY expensive....to say the least...sm

It was a huge expense but well worth it because I believe wall-to-wall carpeting can be or become dangerous regarding medical conditions (poor breathing, asthma, mold, mildew, dirt hiding, etc.) living in a very hot climate. Also, someone very dear to my heart had died and left me some $ which I put directly into the floor, and now every time I even think about the flooring, I think about that person.  It has humbled me....to say the very least.

MAN they are expensive!
Who can afford it?
Why so expensive?
And such a long wait list for the average person? Human beings should not have a price tag. What are they automobiles? Because if they are used (not infants) or have flaws they cost less you know. *Catholic Charities* adoption is expensive? What is that an oxymoron? I gave up on adoption a long time ago when I saw the celebs getting perfectly healthy newborn American children at the snap of a finger (and a fistful of cash) and I was told I may have better luck going overseas. What's next an auction with the paddles and all? I would not doubt it. It is disgusting.
Very very expensive to go through
Not sure it would be very easy to get the courts to use your service. I would do a great deal of checking into before jumping in. Good luck.
I know, they are expensive...
But they truly are WONDERFUL!  The cord is about 5 feet long and while it wouldn't reach to my tower under my desk, I have them pluged into one of my speakers on my desk, so there's plenty of room that way.  
Very expensive to do work that you can do.  
Not that expensive
Mine was right about $100 (Adjustable keyboard rest) and I have had it for 15+ years, and have never had carpal tunnel, very little backaches and have typed for as many as 12 to 14 hours a day.  It has been well worth the money. 
It's pretty expensive, but a one-time cost would definitely be cheaper in the long run for these docs, which is why I think they are going this route.
Its not too expensive anymore, and i think...

that it's worth it. It could make the difference between a new client, and that in itself would pay for the cost of your website. I would suggest either of these services:

www.aplus.net or www.sitefever.com

The one about the expensive purse. Can't you tell? nm
It's not like it's all that expensive to prep either.
Just $5 a week dedicated to food storage adds up to a good prep supply in no time. 2 cans of tuna and a bag of rice and beans one week, powdered milk and a canned ham the next, etc. Water is free when you store it in 2-liter pop bottles, and relatively inexpensive if you buy gallon jugs at the store. An oil lamp is about $10 at WalMart, and 1 bottle of lamp oil is a couple of bucks. The DGIs (don't get its) are idiots and I absolutely abhor my tax dollars being spent on them. Of course, the elderly and infirm I begrudge nothing. I just wish they could be the only ones we had to spend money on.
I have to wonder if you live in an expensive...sm
area, perhaps a big city? I know my husband and I are planning on moving to a less expensive place to live and figure we can do much better that way. Maybe that is something you could consider.
why is insurance so expensive?

The end of November my husband had two cardiac stents put in.  He was in the hospital from Wednesday late morning until Friday late morning.  We had paid $300 to the hospital, which they said would be his part of the cost.  The other day i received a bill from them.  It indicated that after the insurance had paid, the balance was our responsibility.  It very nicely noted that if we found it difficult to pay the entire amount in one payment, to please contact their office.  The amount was $46,000-plus.  I just laughed - oh, no problem, I'll just write a check out of my pin money.  Of course, the bill wasn't really ours - the insurance hadn't paid at all - but just the fact that it was $46,000 blew me away.  And, of course, that didn't include the doctor and any other ancillary personnal who will be billing the insurance company, too.  Right now I am paying $460 a month for insurance for just myself.  Thankfully I have recently become an employee and my insurance rate is going to be much better, but when atrocious prices such as these are charged, what can we expect other than higher insurance premiums and more and more employers handing off the cost of those premiums to the employees. 

A mammogram isn't that expensive. I just had 2 and they were
$125 each, most of which I paid out of pocket due to insurance deductible.  BC is usually very good about paying for preventative care, such as mammograms and Pap smears.  The doctor should just submit the bill to BC for payment, this isn't something you need preapproval for. 
Doc shuttle expensive?

Isn't it quite expensive to buy?  Seems like you need to set up your transcriptionists as well as docs and buy software for each one, etc.   Seems like you could just set up file folders on the FTP site for each account and then one for each Transcriptionist as you send out what they need to do.   I don't know that much about it but one of my pysch accounts is going digital hopefully in July so needless to say I will be starting to learn some.  But I used to work for a medium sized MTSO for overflow and they do not have a system like Doc Shuttle or Gear Player and just send out files to be transcribed and you send them back.   If I am wrong let me know.

Isn't satellite expensive?

How much does satellite cost? 


Kinesis, although it is expensive. nm
Pretty expensive, too.
Not EVERYWHERE in California is expensive
I live in a rural area near Napa. It's a LOT chaaper here (home prices and rent) than in SoCal where I moved from last summer. California is a big state, lots of places to settle down. Have to take time to really look.
A more expensive route...
is Best Buy. I called inquiring about a new computer and they all have Vista. But, they said for 130 bucks, you can have Windows XP installed. I was lucky that my son was willing to let me have his computer with XP as he had bought a new one a while back. Good luck.
Thanks, that's really long and expensive, too..nm
NASE is horribly expensive. Go through your

local yellow pages and look for insurance companies that offer health insurance and call for quotes.  Call several companies.  I did this and they all offered the same insurance but the premium differed as much as $200.00/mo.  Celtic had the best rate, approximately $350.00 for a family of 4.  I'm not sure if this covered maternity or not and we are nonsmokers with no preexisting conditions.

Fortis offers a temporary insurance, which is basically just major medical.  It has a high deductible, but if you are healthy and on no chronic meds it isn't bad.  This insurance is only good for 6 to 12 months, depending on what state you live in, isn't renewable, no maternity care, and will not cover preexisting conditions.  Our total premium for 6 months was $403.00.   You can't have a lapse of insurance for more than 45 days (I think).

Go to M-Tec...more expensive than Career Step, but...

you will be a graduate of THE TOP SCHOOL.  You will have many job offers and will be able to chose the one that fits you best.  You can't go wrong with M-Tec. 

Andrews is also very good.  Career Step, while not in the scam-school category, is just a distant, very distant, third place in the MT school race.

Thanks. I think the local is more expensive. They have been around for about 7 years but of course
they could go under trying to compete with Dell, etc. I dont know where to go to get quick service then if something would happen to this small place. Some people do well with Dell and others have problems. I am using IBM right now which is not mine but belongs to the company I work for and it seems fine. I am really not computer literate at all. I can learn any program but dont ask me about what makes it tick.
For most the mortgage/rent is the most expensive.