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August 2016

Tiny Home Living

We purchased our park model trailer for cash. We could only guesstimate our expenses. Now I can see how much they are. My goal of $860 a month (which I determined back in 2006) was pretty good!

All numbers are per month.

HOA dues = $58.33. This covers sewer, water, use of the lodge, road maintenance, etc.

Electricity = $110 in the winter, $20 in the summer. We use two electric space heaters during the cold months. Looking into a wood burning stove.

Propane = $37.50 for heat and cooking

Gasoline = $30 thanks to driving a Prius

Food = $400 since we dine out a lot and buy from the health food store. Can't grow anything w/o a hoop house.

Insurance (home, auto, health) = $308.33


Natural Gas is a coiled spring

I'm seeing natural gas at $4.00 by December. Play it with UGAZ. Here are my reasons:

La Nina will increase the number of tropical storms in the Atlantic, which has been on the quiet side for the past three seasons.

During one week last month, the country used up a little of its gas reserves for the first time during a summer in 10 years, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy.

It became cheaper for power plants to burn gas than coal. In April last year, natural gas generated more electricity than coal in the U.S. for the first time in decades.

U.S. Natural Gas Drilling Rig Statistics
Current natural gas drilling rigs:     86
Active rig count one year ago:         223
Rig Peak (hit on 9/12/08):               1,606

 Peak natural gas is coming plus depletion rates show a steep drop off
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