Can a space heater really help you save money on your winter heating costs? This is one of those seemingly age-old questions that never seem to get a straight response. In short, the answer is yes—but you should follow a few important guidelines in order to get the most savings. Otherwise, you could actually end up increasing your heating costs, and nobody wants that! With winter in full swing and many Americans shivering in their socks looking for more frugal ways to stay warm, here are a few tips to help you save on heating costs with a portable space heater.
Turn Down the Thermostat
One of the main advantages of using a space heater, other than boosting your coziness and warmth, is that it helps offset the costly operation of your central heating system. That is, as long as you remember to turn down your thermostat. Typically, for each degree you lower your thermostat, you’ll save 3% on your heating costs. Researchers at the Good Housekeeping Institute recently put this strategy to the test and found that you can save as much as $200 if you lower your thermostat to 62 degrees F and supplement your room with a space heater.