7 Best Ways To Save Heating Costs On Your Home Electric Heaters
The common belief is that during winter you have to rely so much on all your home electric heaters to heat up your homes. The truth is that there are many ways you can save money on your heating costs if you understand and expose all the heating myths you have been taught all these years.
1. Learn to Use a Programmable Thermostat
Myth: Turning off the heat in your home during the day is the best way to conserve energy.
Invest in a programmable thermostat, which can be as cheap as $20 or $25 at big-box stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot. During the winter, if you schedule your thermostat to drop 8 degrees for eight hours during the day and again for 10 hours at night, you can save up to $180 per year, according to EPA estimates. If you choose to install the thermostat yourself, be sure to shut off the electricity in your house during installation.
2. A Portable Space Heater May Work for You
Myth: Portable space heaters are energy hogs.
Space heaters can be an energy-efficient option in a poorly insulated house when it is acceptable to only heat a small area," says Sherman.
If your home already has central heating, using an electric space heater can help save money -- if you are willing to turn down the home's main heating system. Consider using a portable electric space heater if you and your family tend to gather in one room for a few hours. But always keep these safety tips in mind: Clear a 3-foot zone around the space heater, never plug the unit into an extension cord, and remember to turn off and unplug the heater when unattended, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
3. Ward Off Drafts -- Weatherstrip Your Home
Myth: Having cold feet is just part of enduring the winter doldrums.
Fact: Cold feet may actually be a sign that your home isn't weatherized properly, says Sherman. If you feel any drafts along the floor, try to weatherstrip, caulk or seal any cracks.
Consider buying an air deflector (a plastic shield that attaches to a grate by magnets) that can help redirect heat, says Sobin. "Air deflectors help you get better air circulation, especially if you have a table over a floor register. They also help you avoid getting hot air blowing directly at you. I had that problem with a ceiling register right over my bed," Sobin says. You can easily find air deflectors for about $5 apiece at hardware stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot.
4. Redecorate to Stay Warm
Myth: You have to buy a lot of expensive materials and products to weatherize and insulate your home.
Fact: For renters and homeowners on a budget, redecorating your home during the winter can be an inexpensive way to insulate your home
If you have ceiling fans, remember to switch to winter mode, says Sherman. When looking up, blades in winter mode (and on a low setting) should be rotating clockwise, pushing hot air that rises back down to the floor.
5. Pull Out An Electric Blanket
Myth: Electric blankets waste energy.
Electric blankets use very little energy. They are definitely more energy-efficient than the same-weight blanket and a higher room temperature.
People can feel cold at different times and at different temperatures. If you or your family members can't agree on a room temperature, don't automatically turn to the thermostat to suit everyone's comfort level. Instead, using an electric blanket may help solve the Goldilocks-like temperature dilemma until everyone feels "just right."
6. It's Winter; Your Water Will Be Cold
Myth: Your water heater always works efficiently.
You can find water-heater insulation blankets from about $20 at big-box stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's. Install the fire-resistant blanket with the included safety straps or foil tape, and keep the blanket wrapped around the water heater year-round. "Do not use a bedroom blanket," Slater says.
7. Don't Count on a Fireplace to Keep You Warm
Myth: Using a wood-burning fireplace will reduce your heating bills.
Fireplaces are designed primarily as entertainment-oriented appliances. They are not designed for heating large areas," says Ashley Eldridge, director of education for the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA. "While there are some modern fireplace designs that do heat, most of your heating will come from a central furnace."
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"If your home already has central heating, using an electric space heater can help save money -- if you are willing to turn down the home's main heating system. Consider using a portable electric space heater if you and your family tend to gather in one ..."
The heating costs from using your electric home heaters are not going to get any better soon. So the only way that you can lower your heating bill during winter is to learn some of these home heating tips that will help you not just this winter but henchforth.