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If you find yourself in one room consistently, consider using a small portable space heater

16 January 2009 369 views No Comment
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This is kind of a double edge sword.

You can save on heating costs if you spend a lot of time, say, in the living room and you already took steps to plug energy holes you found. Like I said previously, its impossible to get every hole or energy shortcoming.

The thing to be wary about is the power consumption. Some can consume as much as 2000 Watts of power!

So here’s the trade off – more heat from the small electric unit means you might spend less on your gas bill, but it certainly means your electric bill will be higher.

Another item to consider is the ever popular electric blanket. If you set your heat down while you’re sleeping, you may very well be cold at night. If piling on the covers doesn’t help, you may want to use an electric blanket.

Most use around 300 – 600 Watts of power, which is the equivalent of ten 60 watt bulbs. I’d recommend using the electric blanket in “pre-heat” mode. Set the blanket at a moderate to high temperature about 1/2 hour before you plan on going to sleep. The blanket will heat the bed and the covers. When you get in bed, turn the blanket off.

You now have a warm bed, warm covers, and are saving on both heat and electricity.

Sleep tight!

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