Money-Saving Gadget #3

I love my space heater. It keeps me warm and allows me to save on electricity. Who could ask for more? Just make sure it’s SAFE. I don’t usually use mine for long…just enough to get the chill out of my bones. I also use a heating pad…which is even cheaper! It keeps me warm, even when my home is only 64 degrees F. I have mentioned before that looking more closely at your utility bill will help save money! We decreased our bill from $160 (july) to $39 (august). I realize that heating/cooling is directly affected by season, but you can still DECREASE your monthly bill by analyzing your habits. Here a couple of questions you should ask.

1) Do you put on a sweat-shirt BEFORE turning the heat up? You should because increasing the temperature one degree above the recommended setting could increase your bill by 4%. I found this statistic HERE.

2) Do you adjust the thermostat before going to sleep or leaving the house? Think about using more blankets and LESS heat. This will save you.

I hope this encourages you to look for alternative/additional ways to keep yourself warm!

*This blog reflects the opinion of the author. Please understand that all information or opinions gleaned from this blog are done so at your OWN risk*

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6 Comments on “Money-Saving Gadget #3”

  1. More blankets is a reusers mecca. Recycling jeans, towels and garage sale sheets into a throw blanket is one of the warmest ways to cut the heating bill overnight.

    • ihavetriedit says:

      hmm..do you quilt all these items together?

      • Yes. Use the legs of the jeans as patterns, squares or stripes with towels. (Only denim is a very, very heavy quilt.) This will be the quilt top.

        A top sheet is the filler. Since it is larger than your quilt, pin it to be gathered throughout the quilt to give it texture to hold heat. It truly does not need batting.

        Use a tired fitted sheet with the elastic removed as the bottom. You can choose contrast or matching color or both in a stripe or pattern.

        This is a machine quilt or a hand quilt (depending on your skill level). Add pockets for fun and interest. If you make it as a throw, pockets can hold things like your MP3 player or the remote (so the couch does not eat it).

  2. Kristi says:

    Yep, I do those things. I used to just adjust the thermostat (and the AC for that matter) whenever I wasn’t comfortable, but I’ve become much more energy conscious over the past year or so.

    Thanks for sharing. Love your space heater!

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