Light BulbToday, for the very first time, I put $5o worth of gasoline into a vehicle.  First.  Time.  Ever.

Gasoline in Western New York is typically 10-20 cents more than the national average, and at least a few pennies more than in other upstate towns like Albany, which I’m somewhat familiar with.   I’m told that it’s because we’re at the end of a long gasoline pipeline and so we pay for the cost of that extra pumping.  Sounds fishy.  More likely, gasoline suppliers jack up the prices a bit because they can.

The average New Yorker pays over 17 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity (I pay 15 cents, yippee), the most expensive in the country except for Connecticut and Hawaii.  The national average is almost 40% less.

Solar power costs in the sunbelt states are currently about 38 cents per kilowatt hour, higher here because we get less sunshine – on average, about half as much.  We really can’t get a break when it comes to energy expense.

But we do have plenty of cheap water, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Nonetheless, before I die I still hope to be completely off the grid.


3 Responses to Energy

  1. One Wink says:

    I was in a good mood until I came here. 😉

    Depressing, huh.

  2. Gas is expensive in NY because of taxes.
    Electricity is expensive in NY because it’s government controlled and they jack up the prices because they can. We have Niagara-frickin’-falls in our backyard and we still don’t have the cheapest electricity in the country??? There’s no logical reason for that.

    But being “off the grid” often sounds better than it is. When we moved out to Holland, we were no longer under the jurisdiction of the Erie County Water Authority – we have a well. One less bill to pay, right? Sure… except that the UV purifier bulb needs to be replaced once a year for around $120 – about the same amount my bill to the water authority was.

    I hope someday to be able to get my own windmill, though. Self-generating electricity would be a big cost savings in the long run.

  3. Jeff says:

    The good news is, over the next few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if the private sector covered the rooftops with solar panels and turbines. Those cell phone towers went up fast enough.

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