I live in an old drafty house in Michigan. I moved in last year before the winter started and suffered a $550 heating bill in January. Even though I turned down the heat when I was gone and while sleeping, the heating bill was still enormous!
This year I’m prepared.
- I plan on installing insulation in the attic (since heat rises, this is a huge source of heat loss).
- Inspect closely for windows that leak.
- Using space heaters in certain areas.
Space heaters are a great way to conserve energy when using a small space in a large house. Overall, space heaters are less efficient than using your home’s heating system, but it is much more efficient to heat 100 square feet in a 1400 square foot home than to heat the whole house.
When I sleep, I only need heat in my room. When I’m awake, I really only need heat in the living room. This way, I can keep the heat lower in areas that I’m not using and still be warm.
I use a space heater that looks like a radiator. It lets out consistent, quiet heat. Like this, http://www.amazon.com/DeLonghi-EW7707CB-Oil-Filled-ComforTemp-Technology/dp/B002PLQ4T8/ref=sr_1_18?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1286894855&sr=1-18