My simple cheap heat solution
When I am in the house, I frankly don't move to much at all. I basically sit, watch TV, and surf the net. (just being honest)
So it occurred to me that I don't need to heat the entire house when I really only occupy a few square feet of it.
Ok, so I considered space heaters. But here was the challenge:
1. Space heaters only heat a small area of your body...it's hard to get warm all over.
2. Most space heaters use 1500 watts and the "low" settings aren't much lower....and even then, the heat tends to drift all over the cold room rather than remain with 'you'.
3. I wanted a space heater without any super hot spots or glowing bits and pieces... minimal fire hazard.
I ended up buying one of those oil filled electric radiators. I place it between my living room recliners...which are only 1.5' apart. Then, I take a king size quilt and sort of place it over both chairs (like over the 'lap' area of the chairs.
I turn the radiator on low: only 600watts.
In this way, my girl and I stay VERY warm. In fact, even when it's in the low 50's *in* the house, we are often throwing the quilt off of ourselves due to too much warmth!
This way of "tenting" the heat is totally effective. In chilly weather, it is wonderful to be able to place myself in a place that is so, so toasty. Even in a heated home, one usually can't experience this kind of warmth. If you ARE getting this kind of warmth throughout your home, the energy usage must be huge!
I am sure that this sounds like a fire hazard, but I don't see it. I can touch this heater at this setting. It's a closed system, and I can't quite see a way to make a fire even if I wanted to. The fabric only touches the very top of the heater.
My older home is not insulated at all.... it is bad news on the colder days and I just can't stand to run the whole house heater.
My $30 space heater idea has been working wonderfully. Last year was the first time I tried it.
So it's cheap, easy, not messy, and environmentally friendly... no need to mess with exotic pellet ovens or whatever (not for me anyway)
perhaps it seems a bit dangerous.