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New furnace and 8 month quit smoking anniversary

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Well after 31 years of oil heat, I have gone with an electric furnace. I know my electrical bill will go up but now I won’t have to come up with $2000 every fall for oil to fill my tanks. I expect the new furnace to heat the house pretty good. It is a 20kw that stages so it doesn’t use all 20kw every time it turns on.

Here are a few pictures of my new electrical service and furnace


the fellows putting in my electrical and furnace


new breaker box


the furnace - it is hanging from the ceiling because our basement floods


old meter on left - new meter on right - big difference!


Yesterday was also the 8th month anniversary of the day I quit smoking! It is such a huge relief not to be smoking those nasty things. You don’t know until you quit how horrible they smell and how badly they make everything else smell. I can smell a smoker from several feet away…the odor is that strong. I never knew I smelled like that!
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I am at 82 pounds lost and will take new measurements next week.

Well for some reason the pictures are not showing now - they were showing earlier...must be something on SparkPeoples end ....edit = they are back now
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  • v CAROL_31649731
    Congrats on the smoking anniversary! Don't ever go back!!! I had quit when I was pregnant with both my kids, but always went back to it. Then I finally quit for good 12 years ago. Best thing I've ever done for my health, but hardest thing I've ever HAD to do, too. I'll never want to go through that again. So again, kudos to you!!!
    1006 days ago
  • v _RAEVEN_
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    Wow, no smoking and 82 pounds gone. That is so awesome!!!! Great job!!!

    I'm an ex smoker too and I'm amazed at how awful I find the smell these days. My hubby still likes the smell which I think is a bit odd.
    I quit smoking 13 years ago. It was one of the best things I ever did for myself. But I'll admit there are still times I'm tempted. But all I have to do is smell it and the temptation goes away.

    Enjoy your new furnace...
    1009 days ago
  • v MOVEITMARY
    Congratulations on becoming and EX smoker! You are doing such amazing changes for yoru health.

    Hope the new furnace works like a charm for you.
    1009 days ago
  • v MNNICE
    Hope you'll be nice and cozy with the new furnace! Congratulations on quitting smoking -- I know how hard it is, but how great it feels to be "free" from the addiction! Congratulations also on being able to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. Keep it up!!!!
    1009 days ago
  • v CELLOPLAYER1
    emoticon on the 8 months of not smoking!

    Enjoy your new furnace.
    1009 days ago
  • v LETHA_
    One of my largest weight gains was the year after I quit smoking. That you could quit smoking and lose weight is phenomenal!
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    1009 days ago
  • v 2HAMSDIET
    emoticon emoticon on stopping smoking and your weight loss. Have you thought of how much money you have saved besides all the health benefits ? enjoy your new furnace. We use to have to prepay for LP every fall so i really understand your pain.
    1009 days ago
  • v KING_SLAYER
    Grats on the 8 month anniversary, that's great! I hope you enjoy your new furnace and that it does a great job keeping you warm and toasty!
    1009 days ago
  • v MOM2ACAT
    emoticon On 8 months being smoke free!

    The new furnace sounds nice!
    1009 days ago
  • v LINDA!
    Happy that you have the new furnace.

    Major accomplishments: Losing 82 pounds and giving up cigarettes!! emoticon
    1009 days ago
  • v KAREN608
    Sounds great and congrats on weight loss. My measurements are not changing yet, all weight is from tummy so far!!! But inching on to more healthy so not one complaint here. Keep warm and hope your electric bill is lower than you think. Might report on that come winter. I am paying about 1000$ for propane. Need a new furnace in my house in town that I plan to retire in and need practical ideas of what is best.
    1009 days ago
  • v RACEWELLWON
    Nice Furnace - that will help - yeah , I do know - I quit also !! Congrats - that 's a very hard VICTORY - the mixed emotions , the cravings but you did it - All that Money your are saving by not smoking - Woo Hoo !! Hugs K emoticon emoticon This Plateau will pass !!
    1009 days ago

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  • v RICKI157
    emoticon That is AWESOME!!!!!!!
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    1009 days ago
  • v LKG9999
    Congratulations on your new heating system! I'm surprised to hear you had to pay for your oil usage upfront. I also have oil heat but I basically pay for each delivery of oil.

    I really wish that the previous owners had switched to gas when they replaced the furnace 7 years ago. Now I have a pretty new, very efficient oil burner as well as new oil tank, so it's tough to justify the $$ to switch to gas. OTOH I believe gas is less expensive, plus the gas companies are offering insulation incentives that I could really use for my 1932 house.

    82 pounds gone while quitting smoking? You rock!!

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    1009 days ago
  • v GINGER_BEAR
    With winter coming soon, that new furnace is so nice to have. Stay warm!

    emoticon on losing 82 lbs! That is quite an impressive accomplishment! You are doing GREAT!!

    AND... emoticon on emoticon quitting smoking!

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    1009 days ago
  • v FEMISLIM
    Great going!!!!
    1009 days ago
  • v WHITNEYTEACHER
    You're doing SO GREAT! I don't know which deserves the bigger celebration, the weight loss or being able to successfully stop smoking. I'm sending you a virual pat on the back and hug emoticon emoticon Great job and definitely something to be proud of emoticon
    1009 days ago
  • v WHITNEYTEACHER
    You're doing SO GREAT! I don't know which deserves the bigger celebration, the weight loss or being able to successfully stop smoking. I'm sending you a virual pat on the back and hug emoticon emoticon Great job and definitely something to be proud of emoticon
    1009 days ago
  • v WHISPERINGPINEZ
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for 8 months. You are ROCKING IT girlfriend.
    1009 days ago
  • v VITCHY-VICKI
    emoticon on the NO emoticon that is great - sorry the pictures are not showing up but glad you got it in and working
    Keep up the good work kido
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    1009 days ago
  • v YOYOGRAN
    Congratulations on your 8th anniversary. I don't smoke but my husband has just started again, even though he has had a stroke. They are so expensive here in UK and his breathing is terrible. You are so right about the smell too. 82lbs is amazing,
    Keep plugging away. emoticon emoticon
    1009 days ago
  • v COLOR-BLUE
    First off emoticon on quitting those NASTY emoticon I know exactly what you're talking about with that smell, as I lived with parents that smoked. I didn't know that I smelt like that! It just gets into EVERYTHING! NOTHING IS SAFE from that cigarette smoke! I can smell a smoker way before they get to me. My allergies have heighten my sensitivity to smelling ALL things, and I'm deathly allergic to the cigarette smoke! I'm so delighted and tickled pink that you QUIT!!! Now that's one thing that I don't mind saying that people QUIT and GAVE UP ON!!! It's a POSITIVE THING!!!

    Your pictures didn't show up in the blog, so I'm trying to envision how in the world does a furnace hang from a ceiling? Having the electric furnace, is a heck of a lot cleaner and to me safer. You'll have a stable bill every month, and not have to fork out BIG BUCKS to get the heat, when you need it or want it. I'm happy that your delighted with the new purchase for your home.

    Now, young lady, oh my gosh!!! The weight loss!!! YAHOO!!! You're doing amazing and I'm really proud of you!!! Keep up the good work, which I know you will!!!

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean -
    GA
    1009 days ago
  • v DALMOM2007
    emoticon on not smoking! I know what you mean about the stench of people that smoke. There are times it turns my stomach.

    emoticon on the 82 pounds gone!!! emoticon

    emoticon on the new furnace. I can't believe you were paying $2,000 a year for heat. I have a gas furnace, and I don't pay anywhere near that amount. I think that even with the electric furnace you'll be paying a lot less...if nothing else, it will be a monthly payment which is easier to do then one lump sum.
    Sadly, I can't see the pictures....I'd like to show my friend how you mounted the furnace in your basement. Every Spring, her basement floods and wrecks her furnace....she should mount it to the ceiling too.


    1009 days ago
  • v NASFKAB
    so happy for you Congratulations & jubilation its a Cliff Richard song of when I was a teenager am 71 now cant let you know how I appreciate your giving up smoking & 8 months WOW
    1009 days ago
  • v KTACKEBE
    Wow! Way to go on quitting and losing! I'm still struggling with the lbs I gained back. emoticon
    1009 days ago
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    1009 days ago
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