A poignant article in the New York Times yesterday about hard times for heating in Maine. I don’t quite know where to start in commenting, so I won’t say much. I feel bad for everyone in this story. I wish Mr. Hartford had a wood stove. You can see several years worth of heating fuel right on his property… in the shape of trees. And of course a Lincoln Town Car isn’t the best choice of vehicle if one is trying to conserve petroleum. And I wish Mr. Libby had a way to help that didn’t either run his business into the ground, or run Mr. Hartford deeper into debt. Overall I think the reference to oil “addiction” is an apt one– though I’d expand it to “heat addiction” or even “energy addiction” in general. The current situation is not good.
We’re on track to use about $400 worth of total heating energy this winter (if we had bought our wood commercially).