Members often call in to ECI REC during the winter months asking why their bill has increased so sharply. The answer frequently turns out to be a space heater.
These sneaky little heaters actually use quite a bit of electricity, so turning down your furnace and using one of these for zone heating instead is unlikely to save you money. If you want to learn how much your space heater will cost you, check out the new HomeEnergySuite of tools. The Space Heater Calculator will spit out about how much your warm friend is costing you each month.
For savings you can be sure of, all of the following options are safer than space heaters:
- Hard-wired electric heat with individual room thermostats for zone heating; this may qualify you for our Heat Plus rate, an immediate savings of 50%.
- An air-source heat pump for savings of 50% over all-electric heating on the Heat Plus rate.
- A geothermal heat pump for savings of 50% over an air-source heat pump. ECI REC offers rebates, and there may be up to a 36% tax credit for qualifying geothermal heat pumps.