Warm up to electric space heat and save on your overall heating bill. Chilly Maine nights often call for extra warmth in your home. You can avoid turning up the furnace and raising the temperature of your whole house by using electric heat to provide you with the extra warmth you need, right where you need it.
Will Space Heaters Save Energy for You?
Generally speaking, if the area you need to heat is about one-half the size of the heated area controlled by your thermostat or smaller, using electric heat to boost the temperature is generally less expensive and uses less energy than using your oil furnace.
Many heaters have variable settings so they can be set for 600, 900, 1,200 or 1,500-watts. Using the right power setting for the room you need to heat will improve your energy efficiency. Without any other heating sources, a 1,500-watt portable electric heater can heat a room that's about 150 square feet. Electric baseboard heaters are typically 250 watts per foot, so the average 6-foot heater uses 1,500-watts like most portables.
- Choose models that have automatic safety switches that turn off the heater if it is tipped over accidentally.
- Do not overload circuits.
- Never leave the heater unattended and never leave the house or go to bed without turning off the heater. Always turn off and unplug the heater when it's not being used.
- Keep the cord and heater away from high traffic areas.
- Never use electric space heaters with an extension cord.
- Read and follow all manufacturer's instructions.