Portable heaters are intended for zone heating only
Zone heating is what portable electric heaters were designed to do. If a portable heater is used in one area and the thermostat for the main heating system is lowered, energy savings could be possible. However, if a portable heater is used in one room and the main heating system also is running, savings are not likely to be achieved.
Additionally, to achieve savings a portable heater must operate with a thermostat so it doesn’t run continually. Heaters with multiple output settings let you choose the lowest setting that keeps a room comfortable.
Know your operating costs
So, how much will an electric space heater cost to operate? You can use the following formula to calculate how much it will cost to operate a 1,500-watt space heater (or any other electric equipment):
Watts x hours of use ÷ 1,000 x cost per kilowatt-hour = cost of operation
This means that if a 1,500-watt heater ran 24-hours at a rate of 11 cents a kilowatt-hour, the cost would be $3.96 a day (1,500 x 24 ÷ 1,000 x $0.11). For a month that would amount to $118.80 added to the electric bill of the average customer.
For more information about space heaters and other energy saving tips, please contact our Energy Specialist at 501-992-4034 or fill out the form below to schedule a FREE Home Energy Evaluation.