HI all, Does anyone know what are the most economical heaters for a home. I'm in a rental and looking to spend about $200 but I'm nervous about the run on costs and I don't have a gas outlet.
Are panel heaters the way to go,
or should I get an oil one
Great question! Particularly as it's so chilly at the moment.
It's hard to give you a precise answer, as costs depend on where you're located, but we did a little research and found that comparing the two heaters you linked, the panel heater will be cheaper to run.
We used the Swtich On appliance calculator and found that:
Panel heater 1500W
$0.42 per day (1 hr of use)
Mobile oil filled 2400W
$0.67 per day (1 hr of use)
Hope you find this info helpful - and let us know how you go
The most efficient type of heating (and cooling) is a reverse-cycle airconditioner. However, your choice will depend on what size room you are trying to heat and your life-style.
The Australian government has quite a good guide to saving energy, including this section: Understand Heating and Cooling.
Reverse-cycle is more efficienct because rather than trying to create the heat (or cooling) it is concentrating and "pumping" it from the outside. So they can be three or four times more efficienct than a simple electric or gas heater.
You can see examples at http://aglsmarterliving.com.au/cooling/. They are a bit more expensive but depending on your needs and usage can provide a payback over time.