July 25, 2014

Best of Blogs for Week of July 25th

Every Friday afternoon I share some of the more interesting or notable posts that I have seen in the personal finance blogs and other sources for the past week

MyMoneyBlog has a Free FICO vs. non-FICO Credit Score Comparison

I found this article The Trouble With Shadowstats  via this article Confessions of an Inflation Truther from The Big Picture.   I previously talked about why I think Shadowstats is Wrong on Inflation


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July 18, 2014

Best of Blogs for Week of July 18th

Every Friday afternoon I share some of the more interesting or notable posts that I have seen in the personal finance blogs and other sources for the past week

Doughroller lists  9 Credit Cards That Offer Free Airline Companion Tickets
and they also share 3 Key Ratios to Evaluate Real Estate Investments (#1 is All You Really Need)

Financial Uproar discusses How I Saved $201.49 On Travel Insurance

BiggerPockets gave The 7 Dirty Truths about Landlording (Like it or Not!)



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July 11, 2014

Best of Blogs for Week of July 11th

Every Friday afternoon I share some of the more interesting or notable posts that I have seen in the personal finance blogs and other sources for the past week

MyMoneyBlog tells about Rewards Dining Programs and Avoiding Airline Miles Expiration Policies

DoughRoller gives his list of the Top 10 Best Cash Back Credit Cards of 2014
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July 10, 2014

How Common Is Natural Gas in Homes?

I saw someone on the internet talk about using natural gas as if every home must have it.   They seemed to take for granted that everyone would have gas service.   The home I grew up in only had electricity and had no access to natural gas or any other type of fuel (propane, fuel oil, etc).    It simply wasn't in the area.   The first home I built was the same deal, only electric.   My wifes home before we married (which is now a rental) is also all electric.   Both of those homes have natural gas available at the street but simply aren't hooked up.    Most places I've lived in my life were electricity only.   I think the dorms I lived in had steam heat boiler setup or something and I vaguely recall that a house I roomed in for a summer had gas.   So I'm on the other end of the perspective of not being very familiar with natural gas in homes.
 
How common are houses with only electricity?  How common is natural gas service really?

I previously talked about the form of heating in homes when I wrote What Do People Heat Their Homes With?  That mostly answers the question, but not exactly.   See you can actually have homes with gas service that don't have gas heat.   Its a minority of homes but a notable percent have gas but don't use gas heat.   I suppose its more common in warmer climates where heat isn't a big deal but they might like gas for cooking or such.

TO answer the question I pulled the data out of the 2011 American Housing Survey Table C-03-AH

The percent of homes with each type of fuel : 


Electricity   98.2%
Gas  67.5%
Fuel oil   8.3%
Others 3.1%

And homes with only electricity :

All electric units  29%

So the majority of homes at 67.5% do have natural gas but a sizable minority of homes 29% have only electricity.

Theres only a little difference between owner occupied and rental units.

Trivia bonus :  108 homes in the US have coal or coke fuel.   Yes ... coal.

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