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Using space heaters can be costly


If you use an electric space heater in your home be prepared for a significant increase in your monthly electric bill.

Space heaters are energy hogs. If you do the calculation on the cost of operating a space heater, you'll often be surprised how much your space heater will impact your household budget. A typical portable electric space heater uses about 1,500 watts per hour. Some people run space heaters during day and night hours. By the time the bill arrives, the hourly costs add up.

If you use a 1,500-watt space heater for 12 hours a day, your bill will jump more than $54 dollars each  month. To figure the cost of operating a space heater, multiply the kilowatts used per hour times the cost per kilowatt hour for electricity. Multiply that by the number of hours that the heater is actually on.

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