Efficient Room Heaters Save The Economy!
During these unkind economic times, we are all looking for new and improved ways to save money in any cost effective way possible. Have you thought about all the money that is being wasted on natural gas, propane, oil heaters or just an overall central heating system? Has the idea of switching up your heating system to save money crossed your mind? If not, it's a great and effective way to do so!
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas is estimated to cost $10.71 dollars per thousand cubic feet in 2012, and expected to rise up to $11.31 dollars per thousand cubic feet in 2013. Heating oil cost averaged $3.71 dollars per gallon in 2011 and is estimated to increase to $3.91 in 2012. In 2011, monthly average propane costs were about $2.815 dollars per gallon and have increased to $2.862 dollars per gallon for 2012.
Times are rough and you can use a space heater to help save the economy by saving you money and reducing energy costs. How you ask?
These room heaters are inexpensive, portable devices that can be used to heat single rooms or spaces in your home. By only heating the rooms your family uses the most you'll be able to spend the money you'll save on your electric bill on other things, thus helping the economy!
Benefits of a Space Heater
Single Room Heating
Small heaters might look tiny compared to central heaters and at first glance you might think, there is no way this compact heater is going to keep my house warm. That's because they are built for single room heating which gives you the luxury to heat only the specific room you would like. If you have a particular room in your home that you'd like to heat. Check out this helpful article for advice on what type of heater is best for each room.
No Heat Loss
Another positive not is that there is no heat lost or wasted as there would be with a central heating system. Do you really want it 75 degrees in the kitchen while cooking, when you can enjoy heating up only particular areas of your home that you prefer? Overall, less heat loss equals less energy waste equals more money in your pockets.
Speed of Heat
Next on the list of positive small heater qualities is the speed of heating. Most room heaters only take from a few seconds to a few minutes to warm you up. You want to warm up as quickly as possible so you need to look for efficient room heaters with fast warm-up times.
Thinking an efficient room heater might make your place look tacky? Not necessarily true as many efficient room heaters look like old-fashioned fire furnaces while others take on mod cube electric fireplace designs. You have the freedom to customize your home with a look that's just right for you whether it be traditional or trendy, thick or thin, a wooden frame or dancing faux flames! These facades, like other special features, are a good place to look to customize your efficient room heater experience.
Energy Reducing Tips
Here are some great tips for making your home more comfortable and less expensive to heat. You will also be playing a role in helping the environment by following any one of these tips. Check the house for a draft, add a door sweep or draft guard, block drafts from electric outlets, work the drapes, add plastic window kits, use a heater or ceiling fan, adjust your thermostat, use a water heater, vent the fireplace, and burn wood efficiently.
To get into detail with a few of these energy efficient tips, one of the most effective ways to save energy with the least amount of investment is to draft proof your home. A simple way to locate the outside air coming into your home is with a stick of incense. The lighted incense lets you inspect for air leaks.
Adding a door sweep or a draft guard is also a great way to not let the warm air inside your home escape. One of the most common sites for heat loss or cold air entry is under the door.
Outlet Safety Caps
In some cases, certain rooms may have cool air seeping in through the electric outlets on walls that face outdoors. Outlet safety caps can be plugged in to prevent these types of drafts.
Heat loss can also occur through and around the windows. That's why it is important to draw in the drapes at night to make it harder for the warm air to escape your home. Lined drapes work best to lock the heat in.
Plastic window kits are also an effective way to create an air-tight gap preventing drafts and condensation in rooms.
Adjusting the thermostat can help you save up to 10% yearly on your heating bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easier for you to preset the times your home is heated.
One of the most common and natural forms of staying efficient with your heating is to dress warmer during the cold winter days, drink warm drinks, and avoid being outdoors if you don't have to be.
Other Great Tips
The U.S. Department of Energy has created the Energy Savers Guide: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home, which provides some great tips on reducing your energy consumptions. According to the guide, "The typical U.S. family spends at least $2,000 a year on home utility bills." It claims that by following the guide's tips you and your family can save up to 25% on your bill!
By now, you have probably gotten a good feel for the different types of heating out there as well as some great tips on saving money and energy. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a nice heater, start energy-proofing your home, and start saving the economy today!