Practice safe heating methods in your home

Space heaters can warm a small area quickly, but there are safety and financial concerns to consider. Visit pemc.coop/tools and use our space heater calculator to total up how much it costs to run your space heater.

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Space heater safety tips

  • Keep space heaters at least 10 feet away from flammable objects like curtains and bedspreads or possible wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Keep space heaters away from children.
  • Always check for frayed cords.
  • Make sure space heaters are turned off when you are not in the room.

Avoid emergency heat

Avoid emergency heat

If you have an electric heat pump DO NOT use the emergency heat option to heat your home. Emergency heat should only be used if your primary heating system is broken. This method will keep your home warm until you call an HVAC professional to repair the issue, but it is expensive.

Emergency heat will significantly raise your electricity use and power bill. Keep your thermostat setting to “Heat” this winter.

Visit pemc.coop/thermostat-101 for more information.