2. Resist the Urge to Plug in that Electric Space Heater
In the dead of winter, when the snow is blowing outside and you can’t fight that chill, warming up next to a toasty space heater sounds pretty good. However, you might want to think twice before plugging it in. Electric space heaters can pose a significant danger. According to this Energy.gov page , “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, resulting in more than 300 deaths. In addition, an estimated 6,000 people receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries associated with contacting the hot surfaces of room heaters, mostly in non-fire situations.” In addition, electric is expensive–often more so than other heating sources like natural gas (5-common-energy-efficiency-myths). An alternative is to have your favorite contractor install a heat pump. The idea is to move heat instead of producing it, so it can cost you 75% less to get warm with a heat pump than with conventional heating (www.energy.gov). The best heat pump for you will vary due to many factors, like the climate you live in and whether you have ducts or not.