as the title suggests. It's getting really cold here and I hate using things like heaters and dryers etc due to the amount of electricity they use, but it's just too cold! brrrr
So which type uses the least power?
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30-05-2009 19:34 #1
so, which type of heater uses the least amount of electricity but still does the job?
30-05-2009 20:08 #2Senior Member
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Ok, I manage a hardware store so I do not claim to be a heating genius....
however, from what I have been told anything that gives you instant heat is not terribly friendly financially or environmentally. I have been told that heaters like the good old column heaters are one of the better forms of heating. These days they can work with the traditional oil running through the columns, or there are now available ones that have replaced the oil with water, which is better environmentally. They have a thermostat which means that it will cut in & out at your chosen temperature. The only downside is that if you are wanting to walk into a room switch it on & feel warm..these wont do it. However, if you are happy to set a timer so that it turns on before you enter the room then Column heaters are a great choice. Yep, long post sorry
30-05-2009 20:17 #3
thank you, that's very helpful i like long posts!
30-05-2009 20:18 #4
word of warning, if you choose oil heaters (which I think are great) you need to have them turned on all the time to have them being price efficant(sp), you need to turn them down during the day to min when not needed and then up at night, otherwise turning them off and on costs alot more I tested out that theory lol
I just brought a ceramic heater, and its great for instant heatting, i'm not sure what its like price wise yet, as i've not had a power bill yet, will let you know in a few mths lol
btw I recon gas heaters are the best cost wise
30-05-2009 21:07 #5
My heater costs me about $70 a year to run. Would probably cost a bit to install though. Its a slow combustion wood heater. I love it.
Anyway back to the question. I've heard the column heaters are the cheapest to run.
30-05-2009 21:10 #6GONE !
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I agree with Eleroo about the column heaters
They are often really worthwhile but have to be on a lot which really if you work things right is very possible ...
Your place is similar to ours & what we have found is that whilst not very good looking or 'trendy' lol when downstairs throught the coldest months if we use a curtain covering the unused areas so we block off the dining room & leave it so that we heat the loungeroom we can heat this very easily & without too much fuss.
Then upstairs we have a column heater which we use in the boys room as it has a timer so we can have it turn on early morning taking the chill off before Boof wakes & then it stays on low all day so that when G goes down again there isnt a chill & its then warmish for them to go to bed it then switches itself off around 10pm.
We can then use wheat bags in their beds through the nite if we feel they need anything else & we use these in our bed to warm it up before we get in .... I am lucky with DP being on so many meds cause it means he is like a hot box even in Winter so nothing else is needed bar our wool quilt !
30-05-2009 21:19 #7
Our DeLonghi oil fin column heater racked up a $680 bill for winter last year I've never had a bill over $250/quarter.
30-05-2009 21:35 #8
so, you have all nearly convinced me about column heaters and now Mummum81's experience has thrown me off. I'm terrified of how much electricity will rise when Krudd tries to reclaim the stimulus packages, so every little bit now helps. iykwim
30-05-2009 21:45 #9
oil heaters are good, you just have to be carefull on how you use them, and make sure you use one the right size for the room your heating, btw they are no good for open plan well thats what i've found anyways
30-05-2009 22:07 #10
Thats like mine!!!
I always had one of those cheapie bar heaters - you know with the 3 bars of heat just to heat up the lounge room.
So we thought, Oh we'll buy a oil column heater as the guy said it was cheaper to run, and although 2 years ago the bill for the winter quarter was $280 - last year it was 580!!!!!!!!!
I nearly died.. I called them up saying, what the hell who is using our power??
And - I am the power nazi - I go round the house unplugging things and turning them off at the switch because leaving things plugged in, even if the switch is off WILL drain power and cost you more.
Anyway - it sucks bigtime I am so afraid of getting this winters power bill.
Should just go spend 50 bucks on a cheap bar heater again. The cat would be happier (he currently lies squished behind the heater between the wall.
I think part of the problem is having really high ceilings, the column heaters have heat that goes upwards - we did hang up a curtain to close off our lounge room which heated the room entirely and was toasty and warm but looked crappy.
Hmm.. Wish I had a gas connection.
Or a fire - I love fire.
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