Vermont heating oil running about $2.70 a gallon

first_imgThe US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is scheduled to release its winter fuel outlook in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2010.While the EIA’s survey provides an overview for the country, it does not provide specific details of what’s happening in Vermont. For instance, the last EIA update in July suggested that oil would be over $3 a gallon heading into winter, which is not the case. The most recent survey from the Vermont Department of Public Service finds that fuel oil is averaging $2.70 a gallon, which on a BTU basis is price comparable to natural gas and wood pellets. Electric heat, on the other hand, costs nearly twice as much as oil heat, according to the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association.Oil heat consumers can save even more on winter heating costs, the VFDA states, by tuning up their heating systems now, as well as taking other simple steps to conserve energy.  Today’s oil furnaces are highly efficient, but an annual tune-up keeps existing equipment functioning at top performance. Properly maintained boilers and furnaces can operate at higher temperatures while burning less fuel— which can reduce heating bills by up to 10 percent.“Tuning up heating systems before winter is a great way for consumers to lower their heating costs, conserve energy, and help the environment,” said VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota.Most Vermont homes – over 139,000 (56 percent) – are still heated with oil. Data from the Energy Information Administration show that heating oil inventories are 17 percent above their five -year average. The majority of Vermont’s heating oil comes from the United States and Canada.Source: VFDA vermontfuel.com.last_img read more

3 money mistakes women can’t afford

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details With reports that women earn less than men and often outlive men by a few years, the financial stakes have never been higher.Here are three common money mistakes (regardless of gender) that can have a bigger impact on women’s financial lives.Not saving enough for retirement: Don’t underestimate how much you need for retirement. Make your retirement contributions a priority. Aim to increase your contribution rate each year.Not factoring health care costs: Studies find that women pay more than men for healthcare and that’s a concern, considering their life expectancy is higher. Ensure your savings plans include funding future healthcare expenses and long-term care. Do research to find out if a Health Savings Account is an option for you.Prioritizing kids and grandkids over saving: This is a matter of putting yourself first, THEN taking care of the kids. Secure your retirement and healthcare and other financial care needs before gifting large sums of money to others. Think of it as ensuring you’ll never be a financial burden on your children when they are older.last_img read more

Greek American scientist discovers new organ system related to cancer

first_imgGreek American Dr Petros Constantinos Benias has identified a new “organ system” officially termed “interstitium”, which is believed to play a role in a number of common diseases, including cancer.A scientist at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Dr Benias made the discovery by chance while investigating a patient’s bile duct for signs of cancer.Layers, until now believed to be dense, connective tissue, have since been revealed to be a series of fluid-filled compartments found beneath the skin, between muscles, running right through the digestive and urinary tracts, lungs, and surrounding arteries and veins.The compartments join to form a network supported by a mesh of strong, flexible proteins, which all up is estimated to contain one-fifth of the body’s total volume of fluids.Scientist Petros Benias. Photo: PatchA new report on the discovery was published earlier this week by Dr Benias and a team of collaborators in the journal Scientific Reports examining “the structure and distribution” of the tissue.They found that it acts as a “shock absorber” that protects organ tissue, muscles and vessels from rupturing during the body’s daily function.But with the fluid having the ability to move through the various channels of the body, there are also negatives; it appears to be used by cancer cells to spread to different parts of the body.New York University pathologist and co-lead investigator with Dr Benias, Dr Neil Theise said the research could help scientists to better understand the spread of cancer in the body, and as a result open up new pathways for treatment.“The discovery can bring dramatic advances to medicine, including the possibility that the direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool,” he said.In the study, the scientists called on their colleagues in the field to embrace their new findings: “We propose here a revision of the anatomical concepts,” the team wrote in the journal.With a number of physiological processes fraught with unknowns, including inflammation that leads to chronic diseases and scarring of connective tissue, Dr Benias said the discovery is “extremely exciting”.“This discovery will open up new research pathways,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more