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Supplemental Heating: Cost and Energy Savings

To begin devising strategies that will reduce heating costs by thinking about how your family uses your home in a typical day. Is your family normally using one, two or three rooms for the majority of the day? Odds are this is the case and in these instances heating only these rooms while turning down the thermostat of your whole house can be a big money saver.

This strategy, called supplemental heating, is very effective in lowering energy costs. As an example, a family typically spends most of their time in the living room of their house throughout the day and the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen are in use for only brief periods. Instead of keeping the entire home heated to 72 degrees, lower the thermostat to 65 degrees and heat the occupied room those seven degrees with the help of a space heater.

Studies show that homeowner’s save 1% to 2% on their heating bills with each degree the thermostat is lowered. In the example above, heating the occupied area with a space heater and turning the thermostat to 65 degrees can result in a 7% to 14% energy savings. Turning the thermostat down further will result in greater savings.

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