Energy Use Tips
* ALL space heaters are energy hogs. They will use roughly 1,500 watts of energy per hour! That's $3.42/day or $102.60/month if used 24 hours a day.
· Every space heater has its watt usage on the back: 1,000 watts = 1 kWh. kWh is Kilowatt/hour. Take the kWh calculation x the current rate (check latest bill to find it).
· You will spend less money by adjusting your thermostat or using the space heater as intended; to heat a small space for a short period of time.
· An electric blanket is a nighttime heating alternative.
· Investing in insulation for the attic and around duct work will save on energy use. Check the duct work for possible problems and your fireplace damper for heat loss.
· Caulk and weatherstrip windows and doors to prevent heat loss and use ceiling fans to help pull warm air from other parts of the house.
Central Missouri Community Action offers a weatherization program. Visit the CMCA website to see if you qualify!
· Never leave unattended or while asleep
· Inspect power cord regularly, don't use if damaged
· Use on a level surface
· Don't use near foot traffic, children or pets and keep it at least three feet away from furniture, curtains, decorations and walls
· Newer models have the latest safety features
· Buy a heater with the cool-to-the-touch cabinet feature
· Make sure heater has Underwriters Laboratories label (UL)
· Portable heaters should have tip-over safety shut-off device
Space Heater Examples