Using space heaters can be costly
When it’s cold outside, you might turn on a portable space heater for a brief period to heat up a small area. But if you’re not careful, that small heater can have a big impact on your energy bill.
A 1,500-watt space heater would add about $40 to your monthly energy bill if you used it eight hours every day.
Generally, it’s best to run a space heater when you want to heat up a small area for a brief time, like a bedroom right before bedtime, or if you need temporary heat in a normally unheated area, like a garage or shed.
If you decide to use a space heater, here are a few tips to save energy and money:
-- Turn off the heater when not in use or get a space heater with a timer feature.
-- Purchase a heater with thermostat settings and use the lowest setting that you are comfortable with.
-- Turn down your central heating thermostat if you’re using a space heater to heat the one or two rooms you use most. By doing this, you’re not heating up unused rooms.
-- Close doors to rooms being heated to avoid heat loss.
-- Select a space heater that is the right size for the space you need to heat. Most have a sizing table on the box.