Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. -Bertrand Russell
Question #21227 posted on 12/05/2005 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it better (by which I mean cheaper) to leave the heater on continually to maintain a comfortable temperature all the time or to only have it on when I'm home?

- C. Kent

A: Dear C. Kent,

When you're not at home, don't turn the heater off, but you can turn it down. I keep my heater at around 65-68 degrees when I'm not home. If you turn it all the way off, it takes a lot of energy to get the living space back up to a normal temperature. It would only be worth it if you were going to be gone for weeks to months at a time. Even then you'd want to be careful, or your pipes might freeze and burst.

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