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    Hi everyone. The air in my house gets so dry when the furnace starts
    coming on, we get alot of dry skin and bloody noses. In the past I
    have just ran humidifiers in different rooms and boiled water in the
    kitchen. This gets to be real expensive. This year, I really need to
    watch my gas and electric bills. We just paid $406.00 to have the
    gas turned back on, from a $94.00 bill. I was so pissed. I forgot to
    send in the payment and they sent someone out to collect while I was
    picking my son up from K. I got home and there was the shut off
    notice and the bill for the reconnect fee. Unbelievable, if they
    would have called me I would have paid them. Any advice would be
    appreciated. Thank you, Michelle
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    You can try setting out cups of water in warm areas. I tried last year
    with not much success, though. I also put damp wash clothes over half
    of the air vents for heat, to try and put water in the air that way,
    again, with no luck.

    We have hermit crabs which require moist air. To acheive that, we use
    heat and water. The water is spritzed into the air, and the tank is
    kept warm. When it looks too dry, we spritz it again. We even have a
    humidity gauge in there, as they require 80-90% humidity. Anyway, my
    point being... get a spray bottle at the dollar store, fill it with
    water, and spray it in the air from time to time. It might help, I'm
    not sure.
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    I know my aunt takes gallon milk jugs and cuts away the tops, and fills them
    with water and places them at the heat registers around the house. As the
    warm air blows over the water jug, it picks up moisture from the jug. I'm
    not sure how effective it is but I know we had to refill the jugs quite
    often.... Now this really only works if your heat registers are on the wall
    low to the ground, not in the floor or the ceiling. Maybe if you have
    ceiling registers you could place the jugs on a table under the flow of air?
    Worth a shot. It only cost a gallon of water and a used milk jug.
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    Heather, That is a good idea. I am going to try to keep my heat lower this winter. Really winterize the windows and put rolled towels along bottom of doors. We'll see how it works. Thanks for your advice. BTY, what is a hermit crab? lol Michelle
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    Hermit crabs are the crabs that live in sea shells, and carry them
    around like a house. They're really neat to watch.
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    My son was in the burn unit at our local children's hospital. We call and talked to the gas co. & worked with us for 3 months. In April I told my husband to let them shut it off. We don't us gas this time of year and we have wood stove if needed. I knew we would need to pay additional deposit to reconnect. When we were ready to reconnect they charged us $750.00 deposit.
    They told me that we would get deposit back if we paid bill before due date for 1 year. This is not going to happen. We rob Peter to pay Paul all the time. Our gas bills have been as much as $500.00 before.
    They got you in a spot. You have to have heat. We at least have the wood stove. We can't heat the whole house with it but it helps. I would like to find a way to use more natural resources.

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    Eileen, I hope your son is better. It is a shame the way the utility companies take advantage of people. Yeah, if we pay on time for 9 months we will get our deposit back. Fat chance. I am very familiar with peter and paul just like you. I am hoping to keep bills lower this year. I am going to do everthing I can. Take care and I'll talk to you later. Michelle

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    Our house gets so dry in the winter even with a humidifier running 24/7. So we put some water into a spray bottle and mist the plants, throw rugs, carpet, the back of our upholstered furniture and drapes. Also, we boil a big pot of water on the stove, then turn it off for the steam, and let a couple inches of water sit in our bathtub.
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