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Old 10-31-05, 03:28 PM
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How much would a space heater run up my electric bill?

Trying to avoid using the "real heat" which is gas, how much would a 1500W space heater run up my electric bill?
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Every hour you fully run it is 1.5 kilowatt hour. It turns on and off periodically, maybe it's on half the time? Depends on your thermostat setting.

Find your electricity cost per kilowatt hour and do the math. Mine adds up to a lot of money.
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Mine adds up to a lot of money.
Mine too. Plus, the thought of a space heater as a primary means of heat just scares me. I wouldn't get any sleep, thinking that the place would start on fire.
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I use an oil-filled space heater. Not much chance of causing a fire.
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1500W is approximatly the power output of a coffee maker. Turn one on for a few hours each day and see how much your bill goes up.
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I have one that I used to keep under my desk at work, but I am getting a room that has a good heating and cooling system, so I no longer need it there. I was thinking of using it during the evening hours when I am at home sitting on the couch watching tv or something, just have it blowing on me to help keep me warm. I paid like $3 for it on clearance at walmart a couple years ago.
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my co-op maintenance includes all utilities except phone, cable TV and Internet. i can waste energy and not worry about the costs.
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
my co-op maintenance includes all utilities except phone, cable TV and Internet. i can waste energy and not worry about the costs.
When I lived in apartment that had free heat, I kept it about 90 all winter
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
my co-op maintenance includes all utilities except phone, cable TV and Internet. i can waste energy and not worry about the costs.
Yeah it's not like that reckless waste damages the environment or causes your future maintenance charges to go up. It's free money!
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I use a very small one in my little daughter's room. Her room seems to get the least heat in the house. I'd leave her door open but she needs the door closed to sleep.

It's definitely not expensive to run, but I keep both the heater and the thermostat set to 67.
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I use an oil-filled space heater. Not much chance of causing a fire.
and they retain their heat longer after turning off
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I've used an electric space heater for "spot" heating for many years and I find it saves me money. I use it mostly in the bathroom and in the kitchen during breakfast. It lets me heat a small area without bringing up the entire heating system. (I have a two-zone gas system with baseboards.)
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I use one in my 1 bd apt -- mostly in the living room in SoCal winters. It adds about $20 to my montly electric bill when i run it frequently.

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