cheapest way to heat yo house

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  1. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    You rock Miller, great advice.

    But beyond that, my only recommendation is that as a single guy GiggidyGee nailed it on the head! Dress warmly, pretend you're on a arctic adventure or something, and enjoy all that extra money. Honestly, if I lived without all these bitches running around I'd probably set my heat to 60C when I was awake / at home, and 50C the rest of the time.
  2. Jamsan

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    I've always read the opposite on turning the heat off/down very low when not home. I've never tried it myself, but most people I know turn it slightly lower (3-4 F) when not home, just to keep the house at a reasonable temperature while not running the heat all day. Turning it off completely will make the house drop so low, that A) when you get home, it'll be uncomfortable (if you don't have a programmable tstat) and B) the heat will be running constantly when you get home just to get the temperature back to where it should be.

    Edit: Doing some additional reading, the cost savings isn't very much when turning it off completely during the day. To me, certainly not worth coming to a cold house. I definitely set it way lower when I'm gone for 2+ days at a time, but when I'm only going to work, I only drop it about 2 degrees.
  3. Miller

    Miller Tweak Guru

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    depends on the house and your hvac equip, not heating the house for 10+ hours a day saves tons of money, but if your equipment can't bring it back up in a reasonable time, theres no point
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    The same logic works for running A/C in the summer considering your home is well insulated.
  5. Miller

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    i see undersized buildings all the time, that a/c goes down for a few hours and it could take days to cool the building down again. i loose bids all the time to jokers that under size systems. yea it's code to design a system to 95°, and -10. but we design to 105 and -20 because on those few days. a lot of older buildings wernt designed for the amount of modern electronics and the heat they put out.
  6. wheezer

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    I never thought one of those Edenpure heaters was worth all the hype, but my dad borrowed one from a friend to test and it worked amazingly well. He liked it so much he bought one himself and I gotta say every time we go over it is always nice and toasty. He said that his electric bill has only gone up $7-10 a month but his $150 gas bill has dropped to around $85-90. Of course YMMV but it has convinced me to look into one myself (my home is about the same size as yours) he spent about $400 on his model, there are cheaper ones as well as some knockoffs.

    http://www.edenpurestore.com/

    I know I know Consumer reports really bashed it a few years ago which I why I was cautious, but after actually seeing it in action I am not convinced that CR is all that reliable. They went on and on about how great Toshiba LCD was and so a friend bought one....I gotta say either he set it up wrong or CR was talking out their ass at the time because his Toshiba looks like shit compared to my Aquos...
  7. mistawiskas

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    The use of space heaters can lower your costs a lot. If you place them whjere you need them and are willing to put up with the cold when you're waiting for the room to heat up. Clear plastic sheeting over your windows can insulate them well enough to be of benefit. Blocking the door drafts too, will help a lot. There are things you can do that do not cost much if anything at all. Be willing to improvise and the benefits are quick to materialize.
  8. bigwill51534

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    We have a natural gas furnace, with a natural gas fireplace. The fireplace has a built-in thermostat, and comes on and off as needed. I use the fireplace to maintain it about 71* in the living room. The downstairs thermostat is located in the living room, so the furnace runs much less and the other rooms downstairs are cooler (but we spend the most time in the living room, so it works). Upstairs, I set the thermostat to about 68-69*. We are only up there to sleep, and I prefer to be under the covers. I can't have it cold enough to give me sinus issues (my sinuses are a PITA), but I go as low as I comfortably can). Our gas bill is around $80-100 per month, with an electric bill around $150 per month. Our home is big, old (built in early 1900's), and has poor insulation. It is drafty, but comfortable.

    ~Will Courtier~
  9. wheezer

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    The thing about gas heat is that you also have to factor in the cost of how much the blower is costing you in electricity to blow all that hot air up into your home to bring the thermostat up to temp.
  10. Miller

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    there are plenty of electric heat setups with blowers. but to tack that on, it varies from furnace to furnace, but no more than 10 amps max, so your adding $0.11 cents an hour. most furnaces don't use 10amps. so your looking at about mid 50 cent range versus $2 for electric
  11. GRP

    GRP oh snap

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    ... and help keep your streets clean at the same time!!
  12. Chainblade

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    already on the agenda since i am originally from texas. however, texas gets cold too in the winter...it just doesn't last that long.
  13. mistawiskas

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    That's the least expensive way to heat a space, this is the most expensive:

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  14. Chainblade

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    haha too true.