Sunday, March 14, 2010

Good News, Bad News

Good news: I'm getting a small raise and nice bonus to take to my new position. (Yeah!)

Bad news: The furnace died before I could even deposit my bonus check. And it's geothermal, so the replacement will be way more than the bonus. Way, way more. (Boo!)

Good news: It's been relatively warm this week, so we haven't frozen our buns off without the heat. (Sweet.)

Bad news: The hubby is ticked at me for insisting he work from home while the installers are here. I can't miss training and I can't hand the keys to our empty house to a pack of perfect strangers. (Tough.)

Great news: There are some awesome breaks on geothermal systems right now - a federal tax credit for 30% of the cost, a state incentive of $1000 cash, a manufacturer rebate of $1000, and a 5% discount from the installer for paying cash. (Woo hoo!)

Bad news: Even after all the breaks, it's still going to cost more than a normal furnace. (Crap.)

Good news: Heating and cooling bills should be lower in the future, and geo is a green way to go. (Whatever.)

Bad news: Somehow, the cost breaks and future benefits are not making up for the loss of the new and improved camera I was going to buy with that bonus. (Sigh.)

Good news: We will be warm again. (Counting my blessings.)

10 comments:

A piece of news said...

Poor you with the camera! But if you freeze to death, I guess the camera would be sort of pointless. ;)

Anonymous said...

Isnt that the way it goes when you get good news you end up with bad news Bye Bye Ed

Tufa Girl said...

Congrats on the new position. Hopefully it will allow tucking some away each payday for the new camera. I understand new models are coming out soon.

MyMaracas said...

News, you have a point there. LOL

Ed, it does seem that way sometimes, doesn't it?

Tufa Girl, Thanks! And that's not a bad idea. I should tuck away a little bit each payday just for myself, shouldn't I. Funny it never occurred to me to do that.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Congratulations on the New Position !!

Rambling Woods said...

I am not familiar with the geothermal. I will have to look that up. But I do know about getting a bit of money that then needs to spent on something not fun at all... Michelle

Stine in Ontario said...

Doesn't seem fair! Geothermal should save you money in the long run, though, which doesn't help you NOW but will be a wonderful bonus in the future.

Our furnace was replaced in December so I can easily imagine the conflicts going on in your mind. I wish we wer geothermal like you, but we are 98% efficient natural gas.

Hope everything goes well with your new furnace!

Lifes said...
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lifeshighway said...

And Spring is coming...

myletterstoemily said...

you are too clever!

congratulations on raise and
bonus!