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For those of you who happen to be looking for inexpensive, low-wattage electric heat during the winter, I wanted to suggest looking into reflective heaters. We rent out the upstairs of our house, which a previous owner converted from an attic to bedrooms and didn't leave room for proper insulation, so it gets chilly. Furthermore, they (well, someone other than us) also tried a DIY wiring job up there, and we were tripping breakers routinely when virtually any small appliance was plugged in up there. Although we're now having most of the house rewired to get it up to code, an electrician pointed out that the space heater we bought for our current renter was drawing way too much power for a residential bedroom setting - 1500 watts - and contributing to the problem.

Most of the electric space heaters I was finding at "big box" stores were in the 1250-1500 range, but I found a Soleus Air reflective heater (looks like a typical oscillating fan, but doesn't actually "move" air) that has a low-power 400W mode and 800W high-power mode, plus has a timer and doesn't get hot to the touch. Our renter says it works great in the lower mode, and our power bill showed an immediate improvement. The heater only cost $40 to begin with, and a couple of places have the same model or a similar one for $30-35.

This is the one:

Anyway, just throwing it out there in case anyone is in a similar situation. I'll be buying another sometime this week.
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