what you can do to reduce heating costs

what you can do to reduce heating costs

Saving Big On Heating Tiny Homes

by Mia Kuhn

If you are getting into the "tiny home" movement at all, there's a very good chance you'll need to consider installing or updating your tiny home's heating system. The beauty of having a smaller house is that there is less home to heat, but it's still important to weigh up your heating options carefully. Here are some tips to help you save money and make heating your tiny home easier.

Insulation is important

In a tiny home, insulation can be more important than ever before. Depending on the size and design of your tiny house, you may have problems keeping warm in drafty, cold climates. If you choose to build a tiny house that's off the ground, or that's on wheels, you'll also need to allow for proper insulation beneath your home in order to prevent loss of heat and potential problems with frozen pipes. 

Adding bales of hay or straw under homes that are raised can reduce the flow of cold air beneath your tiny home, but it may not be enough to keep things from freezing. You might consider spray foam insulation as well as fiberglass insulation. Spray foam insulation can be slightly more expensive to install, but it fills every nook and cranny perfectly, making it more efficient. Fiberglass is less expensive and easy to install, but can be time consuming to fit. Any insulation is better than leaving the space beneath the house empty, but you must not overlook the insulation in the rest of the home, or heat could escape and leave you in the cold.

Choosing a heating unit

When it comes to heating tiny homes, size matters. Use a unit that's too big, and you overwhelm the house with heat. Choose a unit that's too small, and you'll struggle to stay comfortable when the temperature drops. You also have to consider the type of heat that you want to use, and know how to use it safely. Heating with electricity is easy and fairly inexpensive. Wood heating is also inexpensive, if you have a good supply of firewood readily available. If you choose to heat with wood, you need to be sure to have adequate ventilation and proper carbon monoxide monitors in place, since CO levels can build rapidly to lethal levels in tiny houses.

Radiant floor heating is another good option for tiny homes because it can help keep the pipes from freezing, and it helps heat the entire home as heat rises from the floor to the ceiling. Used with space heaters, you can comfortably control the heat inside your small home without making it too hot. Be sure that whatever heating system you choose is properly installed and maintained in order to keep it running efficiently.

Winterizing tiny houses

You can see some great added energy savings by taking the time to winterize your tiny house in much the same way as you would a normal, larger-size house.

  • Fill any cracks around doors and windows with caulk.
  • Replace worn weatherstrip around doors.
  • Block draughtsts using draught excluders and heavy drapes on windows.
  • Install double-glazed windows for better energy efficiency.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to increase savings and run your heating system efficiently both while you are home and when you are away.

One of the best ways to stay warm in a cozy house is to take advantage of the small space and wear lots of layers. Adding extra blankets on the beds and getting "cozy" are all inexpensive ways to stay warm, and the allow you to appreciate the charm that smaller home living has to offer.

Whether you are looking to downsize permanently, or you just want to look into a tiny house for part-time living, you'll enjoy the experience much more if you can remain comfortable in all temperatures. Consider your heating options well, and you'll be living comfortably in your tiny house all winter long.

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what you can do to reduce heating costs

Does your heating bill send you into a state of shock? If so, now is the time for you to begin making changes to your home to bring the cost of heating your home down. In years past, my heating bill was actually more than my mortgage was. It really made getting through the winter difficult for my family. I decided to do something about the high bills. I started with insulation, then invested in some new windows, and I also changed the way that we used our utilities. You can learn everything that I did to reduce my heating bill so that you can cut your heating bill as well.