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January 31, 2009 – Comments (3)

.... here in the north.

High oil was weaving its way into costs big time here last year.  I just got my propane bill and it would be about 35% based on prices just two months ago.  As it is, the two month bill is $750, and additionally, a $25 fuel surcharge has disappeared, so my $750 bill would have been $1027. 

Milk is back down to $9 for about a gallon (4 liters) and it was up to $11 or $12.  The cost of driving is down 35-40%.  

Here in the north we were hit exceptionally hard by high gas and oil prices. Unlike the south, housing is not necessarily the single highest cost you face.  The utilities up here are enormous compared to down south.  Electricity for a single month was $175, and probably half of that goes to keeping the pipes from freezing, and that $175 is subsidized to the tune of $388. That full price is about 10 times the price I paid in Vancouver, so even with the subsidy you pay about 3 times the rate as you do in the south.  They convert oil to electricity here.  I have not yet noticed the price of oil coming down resulting in lower electric prices, but I suspect the the subsidy took the price increase hit, as our rate has been fixed.

Anyway, last year was exceptionally hard on families around here and now the cost is coming back down.

Unfortunately for families that bought houses in a high market it is not the same.  They will struggle for years.

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 31, 2009 at 2:30 PM, Bupp (28.42) wrote:

The price of milk is brutal where you are wow!

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#2) On January 31, 2009 at 2:54 PM, JokinJonnyMoocow (< 20) wrote:

I'M in the north.  Yes, it's cold here. My expenses have caused me to alter my lifestyle A LITTLE. Housing's easy, 'cause the  barn is free.  I make my OWN propane (and methane, and many other gases).  It never occurred to me to try and capture it and sell it.  You people are SICK!   And as for milk, well,....  I have an "in" on that one...

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#3) On January 31, 2009 at 6:19 PM, eldemonio (98.87) wrote:

Moocow -

Whew - I thought you were going to explain in detail about how you milk yourself. 

How far north are we talking? - My company has an oil sands project in Fort Mac, seems like things are getting pretty shatty up there.  Oil's too cheap to justify the expensive production costs in the oil sands.  People are losing their jobs and hookers are leaving town.  Now you say you have to capture your own passed gas just to get by...........wow!

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