Comments for: I can’t fill all the oil tanks in Maine, but…

Posted March 23, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.

I’m the first to admit that I don’t have a great mind for business. For years, I’ve been filling my neighbors’ oil tanks, whether they can afford it or not, through my fuel company. On Saturday, Feb. 4, it all caught up with me, when the New York Times exposed …

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  • Anonymous

    Out of curiosity is Judge Woodcock a Republican?

    • Anonymous

      He was appointed by President G.W. Bush

      • Anonymous

        And vetted by the Judicial Committe which was chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont. The full Senate voted to confirm Judge Woodcock. The Senate at that time was held by a Democrat Majority.

    • mainefem

      Yes.

  • Anonymous

    The gov. declined. He is really a man of the people.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if Governor Baldacci was able to meet with every private citizen that requested an audience with him in their own home?

      • Guest

        What do Baldacci have to do with this article? Your guy is not doing so well, accept it and talk to him about it, and why wouldn’t a Governor want to hear of a cheap solution to save the states population millions of dollars. Should the Hartfords have scheduled the invite before our leader in chief went to Jamaica? And since he is off on vacation, why couldn’t he send a office representative to attend?

        • Anonymous

          I’m thinking that the Governor (and most adults) are aware of the benefits of weatherization projects and a new energy-efficient boiler on a typical home; it’s not ground-breaking information.  Our boiler is 35 years old and I don’t think we’d qualify for any taxpayer-funded programs to get us a “free” audit or boiler so me and my 2 boys, (10 and 8) got to work and are burning about 3-4 cords of wood each year.  It saves us about $600 per year and we use minimal foreign oil to boot.  I struggle to put money into my 401K and can only hope the private sector hangs on enough so I’m not left relying on a government check when I get old.  Mr. Libby’s article is nice, but clearly is written around one phrase:  “The governor declined”.  My assessment of this article is it’s more political than informational and as we continue allowing ourselves to be divided and defined by the extreme viewpoints of Democrats or Republicans, we’ll continue getting the government we deserve.

           

          • Anonymous

             Clearly you’re a little defensive about the governor.  The bulk of the article was about peop;e rallying to help, and about saving energy… the line about the governor was little more than a postscript.  And they didn’t install a new boiler… because tightening things up saved 50%… the new boiler would have saved only 10%.  And rather than being ignorant and not checking your facts maybe you should call DeWitt yourself…

          • mainefem

            You could’ve Googled it in less than 3 seconds, as I did.

            Sheesh:

            http://www.efficiencymaine.com/pace

        • Anonymous

          I find the comment about LePage not coming to the home of these people and how that is some sort of horrible thing to be a foolish comment. I think it is pretty much understood by everyone that the Governor, be it Baldacci, LePage or the next Governor cannot attend every event they are invited to or meet with everyone who requests time from him.

      • Anonymous

         Penguin is running around crying about cuts to heating assistance, while demanding cuts to energy efficiency programs.  He couldn’t man up enough to accept an invitation from people who are actually doing something or take 5 minutes learn when energy efficiency even means, and you’re going to try to defend him?  Give me a break.

        • Anonymous

          Like mjkrem posted, the concept of weatherization is not new to anyone, including you or me. So while it is very nice that these people were able to get their home weatherized there really is not much ground breaking news here as thousands of people in Maine make weatherization improvements every year. Showing outrage and disappointment that the Governor didnt accept an invitation to come see how these common and relatively standard practices were adapted in these peoples home seems foolish to me.

          • Anonymous

            Where is the outrage. I believe the column just mentioned that the Governor was invited and he declined. Plain and simple.

            I do find it odd that on the one hand Governor LePage has been saying that we need to become a more energy efficient state and cut our oil consumption. Then on the other hand he wants to cut that Energy Efficiency group, whose purpose is to help people do the very thing he wants done.

          • Anonymous

            Read the comments. The Governor isnt a man of the people, the Governor couldnt man up and take five minutes to go to the home of these people.
            I see it this way. We are incredibly dependant on oil to heat our homes and thus we should do eveything possible to weatherize our homes for effeciency. But what do we do when our homes are as winterized as possible and the price of oil still is going up? We can weatherize only to a certain point and then what?

            Some funding should be used to make homes more winter proof and to reduce wasted heat. But I believe the greater focus should be on getting Mainers off of expensive oil heat and into much less costly forms of heat. Will the State continue to offer funds for new windows, plastic sheeting and weather stripping or will they use funds to provide something like a natural gas pipeline? I think that is the Governors thinking.

          • Anonymous

            I think that was the jist of the article. Weatherization. There has been a lot of new equipment and services that most people never knew about. I for one would have loved to had one of these surveys done on the house I used to own. It had so many problems that I really didn’t know where to start. It used to take 1100 gallons of oil to heat it per winter.

          • Anonymous

            That was serious bucks you had to spend on oil.  I think also one of the concerns is that even if you have one of these surveys done it doesnt address how a homeowner goes about paying for the upgrades. I know that there are some tax write offs and grants for such things but Im not sure if that would begin to cover all the costs.

            Did you get your house buttoned up? My grandparents all live in homes that are like that, older homes that take up a lot of oil.

          • Anonymous

            I did what I could and sold it. The point being is that if I had had a one of these energy surveys done, I could have maybe directed my efforts toward the worst heat lose soures first.

          • Anonymous

            This article did start off as about home heating but turned political at the end.

          • Anonymous

            I think the only reason Governor LePage was mentioned at all was because the Gov. has preached that he would like to make us more energy efficient as a state. I can understand him not going. He, after all is the Gov. and has many responsibilities that go along with the job. The article didn’t castigate him, it just mentioned that he was invited and declined.

        • Anonymous

          people seem not to adhere to posting guideline number two….what animal do you look like, i know which one you act like..

        • Anonymous

           Those are Federals Cuts ordered by budget Obama presented to Congress. Lets see if Obama can make the trip.

  • Washington County

    Very nice article

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations on the wonderful things you’ve done. Your brother, Jim,is a good friend of mine and he is so proud of you. The governor doesn’t care about people and that has become so obvious from his policy proposals. Keep up the good work. You are a blessing to those in need.

  • That savings is typical for an energy audit driven weatherization project.  The work pays for itself in around 5 years, and then keeps paying, especially as oil prices rise further.  Even if they do replace the boiler, they can now spend less for the new one because it won’t need to be as big.

    I’m a BPI Certified Energy Auditor, and I work for Osher Environment Systems.  We serve Bangor and Downeast.   Our audits help people qualify for Efficiency Maine’s PACE Loan Program, which pays for the weatherization and then uses part of the savings to pay the loan.  Closing costs are covered by the program and qualifying homeowners never have to deal with a cash flow problem in order to afford it.  It just reduces your heating bills and makes your house more comfortable.

    Well done, Ike.

  • Thank you Mr. Libby:  I live in an old summer cottage on the coast and you have convinced me that an energy audit is the right thing to do.
    You are one of the good guys and your business practices are just what this country needs more of.  Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/03/2012-chevy-volt-named-european-car-of-the-year/1 – Chevy Volt production stopped for 5 weeks due to slow sales, but was named European Car of the Year on March 5, 2012.

    The price of oil went up to $147 / barrel in July of 2008 when the oil companies wanted to be able to drill in ANWAR and off the California and Florida Coasts.

    Now they want to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    Isn’t it about time you woke up, my fellow chumpslies, er, Americans?

  • Anonymous

    Thank You, Mr. Libby for letting us all know how wonderful of a person you are and putting your good deeds on public display for us all to admire. In addition, I would like to thank you for also turning your writings into an op-ed piece against the Governor who wouldnt come and look at the project you did in following  the guidelines and weathrization techniques that thousands of other contractors and Maine homeowners have been doing for the past several years.

    • Actually, getting contractors and homeowners to follow the guidelines and weatherization techniques is an ongoing challenge for energy auditors.  People think they know what they’re doing, and often times they don’t.  Contractors follow standard trade practice because “that’s they way we’ve always done it” rather than because it makes sense.  Contractors hate doing paperwork, which means they don’t calculate what the cost/benefit savings and simple pay back period for various improvements.  (New windows may look nice, but almost never pay for themselves.) Most people, contractors included, don’t know the building science behind the things I do as an energy auditor, and don’t have the tools to measure building air flow or easily spot air infiltration sites.  They don’t have the experience of looking at building after building and knowing where the real weak points are.

      Sometimes it’s a good idea to have a check-up with a doctor, even when you’re well, rather than waiting until you’re really sick and relying on folk remedies.  I hope that people see that this is the point of the article:  An energy audit can save you money and show you things that as a layman, you won’t figure out on your own.

  • Anonymous

    I did some fairly simple and not very expensive extra energy-saving work when I built my own 2500sq ft house two years ago in central Maine.  My heating bill last year was $400 worth of wood pellets and I figure $200 worth of electricity to run the stove.  This year I’ve spent about $250 in pellets so far.  Its criminal the way houses continue to be built to such low energy standards.

  • Anonymous

    Does political smugness keep you warm Mr. Libby?

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