18 Jan Are you Using a Space Heater? Be Aware of What It Can Cost You
As the colder temperatures arrive, higher-than-average energy bills often coincide. In many cases, Members simply turn up the thermostat on their central systems.
A common household item often used to supplement heating during the winter season is the space heater. These heaters are designed to be used for short periods of time and to heat small areas. When used correctly, they can prove to be very beneficial.
Space heaters are not designed to heat entire living spaces or homes and are not as efficient as a heat pump. In fact, they can be very cost prohibitive if used incorrectly.
For example, one 1,500-Watt space heater could potentially cost a Member $4 a day if it runs for 24-hours. That doesn’t sound like much, until you add it up. One space heater alone, running solid for one month, could cost you $120 on your monthly electric bill. Imagine what your bill would look like if you are using multiple space heaters.
Focus on areas of heat loss before you try to heat your home with space heaters:
- Do you feel cold air drafts around windows and doors? You can caulk or weather strip these areas to save money during the winter months.
- Have you had your central unit serviced this season? Annual servicing ensures efficient operation.
If you use a space heater as a heating supplement, please make sure to use it safely.