This Winter: Keep the Cold Out and the Heat In
Since winter is now upon us, I thought I would do an article on different ways to heat your home that will not cause your electric bill to skyrocket. People are always looking for a way to heat their home without causing their bills to become too much to afford. The question out there, is which way of heating your home this winter more cost efficient?
One way of heating your home would be with the use of your central heating and air unit. There are many different factors that go into whether this would be more cost efficient or not. Some of the factors are the age of the home, whether it is poorly insulated or not, the temperature you plan on setting for your unit, etc. I have researched and a lot of electric companies recommend setting your unit at 68-70, which if you freeze to death like me that is just way too cold. I keep my heat set around 73 but every degree that you turn your heat up costs more money. They also suggest keeping your heat set at a certain temperature and leaving it there turning the thermostat up and down does not help your electric bill any. It actually can cause your bill to be higher, because when you lower your temperature and then raise it back up it causes your unit to have to work more to get the temperature back up to that setting. So those are just a few things to keep in mind when heating with your central heating and air unit.
Another way people heat their home is by using space heaters, this is actually one of the most expensive ways you can heat your home. A lot of people do not realize that a space heater can actually make your electric bill almost double. There are a lot of advertisements out about how energy efficient that some of them are, I have never seen a space heater that was ever very energy efficient. My suggestion would be that if you can heat through another source that you do so because these will not help to keep electric bills down.
There are also other people that heat their home without any electric use, by using wood stoves or heaters that are powered by kerosene or other types of gas. My opinion is that these are ultimately the most energy efficient because no energy use is required to operate these. Even though it is not a feasible option for some, there are those who have switched to this type of heat due to the fact that it helped to lower their heating bill down, but you also have to take into consideration the cost of the fuel or wood that you use to operate them.
So in the end it depends on the person, their needs, and circumstances. So which one will you decide is the most cost efficient to heat your home?
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