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7 alternative ways to keep warm

Electric or propane furnaces aren't the only way to keep warm in the winter. Consider these alternative heat sources.
  • Cut costs with wood

    An outdoor wood furnace may allow you to virtually eliminate your fuel costs (other than the time and labor it takes to cut the wood). Even if you don't have the time or resources to supply your own fuel, buying wood is still cheaper per British thermal unit (Btu) than traditional heating methods. Wood furnaces can even be used to heat a garage or other outbuildings in addition to your home.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: January 30, 2014
    Tags: Buildings
  • Indoor wood stoves

    Wood stoves were a mainstay in homes of the past, and they can still be used to help reduce heating costs. They aren't designed to heat entire homes, but can do a good job keeping a room or two toasty.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: January 30, 2014
    Tags: Buildings
  • Burning corn

    Corn is readily available, affordable, and clean-burning. As a heat source, it's also remarkably efficient. In fact, one bushel of shelled corn provides four times the heat generated by a single gallon of propane. Corn heating units can be purchased for one room, an entire house, or outdoor buildings like sheds and barns.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: January 30, 2014
    Tags: Buildings
  • Waste not, want not

    Waste oil space heaters work by using cheap resources that are close to home, such as transmission fluid or used oil from vehicles. While fuel oil can be quite expensive, waste oil is a free energy source that can be used to produce heat with very little odor and no smoke. If you don't generate enough waste oil on your own property, you can even arrange to purchase waste oil from businesses in your area for less than other forms of fuel.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: January 30, 2014
    Tags: Buildings
  • Mix it up

    A mixed-fuel burner burns wood pellets and corn, so you can choose your fuel based on what resources you have available and the cost of corn and wood. These heaters may be a good choice for your farm shop or garage.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: January 30, 2014
    Tags: Buildings
  • Infrared heaters

    Infrared heaters work the same way as the sun, and are another option for your shop. They are mounted overhead and generate radiant energy, which is converted to heat when absorbed by the objects in its path. The energy is directed toward the floor by highly polished aluminum reflectors.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: January 30, 2014
    Tags: Buildings
  • Space heaters

    Whether your country home is 100 years old or brand new, chances are when the temperatures drop, there will be a chilly corner or two. Space heaters can be useful for warming cold areas of the house and garage, but if used improperly, they can be very dangerous.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: January 30, 2014
    Tags: Buildings
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