87% off electric heat bill: REALLY saving energy

87% off electric heat bill: REALLY saving energy

I made this video to augment my article “REALLY Saving Energy with The Heat Bubble: how I cut 87% off of my electric heat by heating the person instead of the whole house”. This is a DIY alternative form of energy conservation

Camille Pearl comes over to my house and tests my energy saving theories for herself. We start off stripping off her clothes that are more than just a single, normal layer people might wear in a fully heated area. Then we have her stand in the cool area until she feels too cold, then move her to the desk with the micro personal heaters.

Camille first refers to this as a “bubble.” And now, that’s what we call this technique: “a heat bubble”.

She starts off too cold, and then spends 30 minutes at the heated desk area. At the end of the 30 minutes she is fully warmed up and feels like she could work there indefinitely.

We then turn off the micro heat and see how long she can hold out until she feels too cold to keep working.

Quick summary of micro heaters:
40 watts: incandescent light bulb in a chick brooder configuration
25 watts: heated keyboard
15 watts: dog bed heater / heating pad
2.5 watts: heated mouse

82.5 watts total.

A homemade approach to save the environment. Alternatives are sources for home production. This may be a big boost to renewable energy efforts.

20 Comments on “87% off electric heat bill: REALLY saving energy”

  1. You know what they say … build someone a fire and you keep them warm for a day … set them on fire and you keep them warm for the rest of their life.

  2. Aside from water bottles and wool sweaters, the way I really solved the issue of cold was to find a nice little nook in my house. I placed a very thick carpet on the floor, I then draped the walls with some tapestry and I hung a really heavy curtain all around the space. The space is really nice and cozy and it gets warm really quickly and it looks like a cool fort or a fortuneteller's tent! haha I suppose the same thing could be done with your bed. In medieval times canopy beds were common with aristocrats for exactly that reason. They keep you warm because they create a small insulated room inside the main room.

  3. Warm wrists – for comfortable – warm feeling : tie socks – around draughty : loose cuffs – in real cold – erect : a bubble wrap box tent – over garden twine – strung across the room – traps 'FR€€' [more honestly – just waste] < PC fan heat R > G

  4. This is LUDICROUS! 1) You have to have floor heater and overhead heater, 2) You have a bright light shining down directly over your face (annoying!), 3) how can you have a 50-degree room? I'm in second story apartment and in the dead of winter it still gets 80-degrees in here. I cannot zone control the heat in my tiny apartment. I have to open my window wide as possible to reduce temps 1 -2 degrees. Now – I've inserted a window fan and this seems to cool it down a lot more. Otherwise I want to die it gets so bloody hot. Oh yea, monitors (even flat panels) give off a good portion of heat, too.

  5. as far as i know, more electricity is used in summer, than winter. a.c. costs more to use than a furnace.
    also, a wood stove or fireplace can save a lot of $, in winter. but, in summer, a.c. is really the only way to cool down & dehumidify rooms.

  6. This is phenomenal , by thinking this way and buy a few cheap items , Ive saved over 70% off my energy bills from 2 years ago , this video is priceless .

  7. My 10×12 bedroom warms up just fine (no electric blankets or anything) with a 7 fin electric radiator on its lowest setting 600 watts, and I use a plug in thermostat instead of the built in one. I'd say the frequency in which the thermostat cycles, I could get away with a 300 watt heater. If I'm busy, it hardly comes on at all (tv and computer on etc) 71f during the day, and 73f at night, are typlical.

  8. You can fart that will heat up the room too just make sure you eat a lot of beans and keep your arce away from any open flame you might explode!

  9. We used heat lamps for our young livestock when I was a boy. Thanks for this video to remind me. I bought a heat lamp to use in my workshop in the garage. It hangs just over my workbench and kept me warm. I didn't need to run my propane heater and try to heat the whole garage.

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