Originally Posted by texdav
Your not comparing aples to aplles from just what you said they are doing. To heat the same spcae is cheaper with natural gas and certainly more so than ceramic heaters unless they have a bad gas system setup.
I never said I was comparing apples to apples. I'm saying that they found that using ceramic heaters lowered their overall energy costs because ceramic heaters allowed them to keep the temperature slightly lower overall in their house and only spot heat certain rooms briefly on occassion.
If you think about it, they're right. For example, it's wasteful to heat an entire house at 70 degrees constantly when you can keep the house temperature at 66 degrees and only spot heat certain areas briefly when necessary.
We live in big houses. We're not using all of the rooms at once. There's really no reason to keep the heat up in the entire house. Their solution was to use the ceramic space heaters to quickly heat up rooms they were using. As a result, their gas bill went down and their electric bill didn't go up very much. There is an overall savings that is significant.
People might think they'll be uncomfortable waiting for a room to heat up. But those ceramic heaters are powerful. They can heat up a space in just a few minutes.