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I’m looking at purchasing a space heater for my home. I’ve seen some manufacturers claim electric space heat- ers can cut a home heating bill signifi cantly. Are these claims true or are they just blowing hot air?


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Space heaters are a great addition to your current heating method, but you may not see a drastic cut in your bills


if you use space heaters as your pri- mary heating method. In fact, space heaters do the best job when they are a secondary heat source to supplement a furnace or heat pump. The majority of space heaters, wheth- er they are radiation or convection, use about 600 to 1,500 watts of electricity. Using such a space heater fi ve days a week for an average of eight hours a day would add about $15 a month for the additional electricity.


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The true savings come with how the space heater is used. You may fi nd the most success using the “zone heating” method. This method dictates to turn the thermostat of the central heating system down considerably and place the space heater in a room that is the most frequently used. By closing that room off from the rest of the house, space heaters can help reduce a home heating bill.


However, it is important to remem- ber space heaters are useful tools for home heating, but energy-efficient central heating or weatherization im- provements to the home are essential to saving money long-term.


Brightly yours, Willie


Source: Cooperative Research Network MARCH 2012 5


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