There is a tsunami coming and we are missing the signals some one needs to wake up and fast.
“We just had a Half tank delivered and it was almost $500.00
my husband said if this continues I don’t know how we are
going to heat the house this winter”
“I am a member and know that I save on oil as a
result but the cost is still exorbitant. My oil bill for
2007 was $2600. That’s for one person in 4 1/2
rooms. I shudder at what it will be this year….filling
my oil tank was $784 for the month of March alone.
(I read an article recently that said oil prices are likely
to DOUBLE in the next three years. If that’s true, a lot
of us are going to be in real trouble (it’s sure a
disadvantage heat-wise to work in the home; I have
friends who work mostly out of the home and save
money by dropping their thermostats down to 55
degrees all day long)”
“I have been for several years. Got my estimate for next year’s monthly
heating bill, and it’s huge. I’m wondering if I should sign up or wait and
see what happens with the oil markets. Not a very comfortable place to be
given the current state of affairs.”
“Heating oil is about 4.29/gallon.”
“There’s a downturn in the prices today, may go back up in a couple weeks,and who knows what will happen during heating season”
Comments made on the Internet here in Eastern Massachusetts and on the streets of my neighborhood.
So the average home heating with oil heat has seen the 900-1200 gallons per season go from $801- $1068 dollars to $3861.00 -$5148.00 for just the Winter season Hello are you listening. Your wondering why your override went down in flames and why the electorate is up in arms over tax increases? How about this as a reason? And if oil continues to climb to $5.00 + a gallon ???
I don’t want to be-labor the obvious but, has our State and Federal governments gone Deaf Dumb and Blind?
We are seeing the forest but not seeing the trees in this case. City and towns and dear say even the state is facing tough economic times unable to pay for critical services and we are seeing overrides rise and fall by narrow and wide margins yet the threat which is facing us next fall and winter may make these issues seem trivial. Home heating costs are now approaching 10% of the average Gross Income of a family. 2007 income is posted at approximately $63,634 before taxes some sites have a slightly lower number and a very few have it slightly higher in the range of $61,000-$65,000 this is up from $56,000- 58,000 in 2002 when home heating fuel cost .89 a gallon the wage increase on $5,000 to $7,000 dollars in that 5 Years will see almost ½ go to just home heating and the balance will be left for Gas for the car, Food price increases, inflation in goods and services and property tax increases and did catch the phrase this was before taxes so Federal, social security, Medicaid and State taxes and fees. Regardless of your politics this is a crisis, which will threaten this area on the same scale as Katrina and the host of Natural disasters we have seen around the world since. Fortunately we have the knowledge of a long lead-time 4 Months before it starts; yet will that be enough time to get ready and address the issue or will we have to wait and hold on and see how long it takes for someone anyone to realize it is a crisis.
Will we see families and Seniors faced with real choices between heat and hot water and food and medicine. What will happen to homes who’s pipes burst in January from a lack of heat will it take the first senior found to have passed in their home wrapped in their blankets from Hypothermia. Some one has to wake up and do it fast.
As Usual just my opinions
Edward R. Quinn