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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

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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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    Another way to get moisture in the air-use water and white vinegar spray all over the house (acts as antibacterial agent),hang wet towels in the bath to dry.
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    hang your wet clothes to dry in the house, wet towels from your bath water
    and hng in the tub to dry,spray mist water and white vinegar thru out the
    house for moisture
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    I love the dump for picking up extra tension shower rods these work great in hallways, stairwells to hang laundry on - use your plastic hangars for shirts and keep an eye out for the clip style hangars for pants ..I also hang some on my door ways with clam shell molding (handy for the kids rooms) .. also the shower door frame works as additional hanging area .. the moisture helps

    get some fishtanks (check with FREECYCLE in your area) gold fish although messy do not have to heaters - so its a cheap fish to raise ..

    fishtanks also work as great night lights for areas *wonderful in littles rooms, especially if you go in to change, feed etc

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    We have a wood stove to cut down on how much we use our furnace. Last night I put a pan of water on the wood stove and threw some cinnamon sticks in. My kids were eating oranges and threw the peels in also. It smelled so good.

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