Tip to save on heating bill

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Tip to save on heating bill
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Thu, 09-06-2012 - 5:12pm

Some of you may have already heard of this, but I had not.  A warm mist humidifier.  I guess the idea is you can turn your thermostat down lower than you normally would and the moist air holds heat more efficiently than dry air. 

They used a 7 degree difference as saving $56 dollars a month and a cost of $10 a month to run the humidifier.

Anyone ever try this?

 

Serenity
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2009
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 10:08am

Very interesting idea ... but I don't even spend 56$ per month on heat, so ... but I do think that adding moisture to the air during the winter is a good idea. Don't know that it would save any money though ...

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 12:09pm
Not sure where they got their numbers. It was based on $200 a month to keep a home at 72 degrees. I supose if you ran heat all winter and air all summer in a decent sized house, that could be a realistic number.

So, based on their savings, your heating bill would be zero! Ha ha....

My electricity bill can get up to $200 during a cold winter, so the idea definately perked my interest.
Serenity
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-2001
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 5:18pm

My gas and electric average over $200 monthly ($233 to be exact) and I would LOVE to find more ways to keep my costs down.

But . . . I'm not sure of this, however.  I remember having a  conversation with some people last winter where we were talking about having a humidifier made our homes feel cooler than the actual temp.  I was surprised to hear others experienced this also.  It must have something to do with the evaporation effect.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-31-2010
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 8:08pm
We have a humidifier right on our furnace we use to do this.
-Marie
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