Saving Money & Energy

Can Twin Star Home Help You Save Money this Winter? (Spoiler Alert: YES)

Have you ever looked at your home furnishings and wished they could help you save money? Most pieces you buy, like bookcases or dining room tables, are lovely but don’t do much to contribute to your household beyond their original function. 5-star electric fireplaces from Twin Star Home®, however, are a beautiful addition to your home AND help you increase your household budget year after year! Want to know how? Keep reading to learn more!

How Supplemental Zone Heating Can Help You Save Money

Okay class! Welcome to Supplemental Zone Heating 101! No need to worry, there’s no quiz and you’re getting an A+ grade for your stellar attendance. For those who don’t know what supplemental zone heating is, it’s very easy to learn: supplemental zone heating is a simple way to save money. In many homes, certain rooms (like spare bedrooms and basements) are typically not occupied all day long. Zone heating means turning down your home’s HVAC thermostat and turning on electric fireplaces only in the rooms you are currently using. Turning down your thermostat by 10 – 15 degrees for 8 hours can bring you significant savings.

So let’s say, for example, that the average winter gas bill is $931, and using supplemental zone heating helps you to reduce 15% of that gas bill. Instead of almost paying $1,000 for the winter season, your new cost is $791.40!

But what about the electricity bill? Well, you’re saving money there too, because most of our electric fireplaces use LED lighting, which uses less energy and is less expensive than regular lighting. Cha-ching!

Where You Want, When You Want

Heating up an entire home is a lot of work for your furnace, especially for those of us who live in colder climates. And if you’re only in one or two rooms during the day, that’s a lot of potentially wasted energy. That’s why we are all about supplemental zone heating, because you can give your furnace a break and use electric heat where you want, when you want (and theoretically, by using your furnace less, you could be helping to prolong its lifespan and minimize expensive repair costs).

This electric fireplace helps save you money in the coldest of months.

If you’re out and about for most of your day and want to feel nice and toasty when you come home, then this TV stand with an integrated electric fireplace (shown above) is meant for you. Most living room sizes range between 216-300 square feet. This 5,200 BTU heater can warm up to 1,000 square feet. That’s like a two bedroom apartment! Decompress as you watch TV and feel cozy in a manner of minutes, thanks to infrared heating. Infrared technology produces heat that warms you instantly – like when you walk on a sunny summer beach – all while heating a large area. Plus, this fireplace has a 3-sided display that’s just as enchanting to watch as your favorite holiday movie.

Or, if you want to watch TV in bed, get this cozy wall mantel with electric fireplace, pictured below.

White shiplap wall mantel is a smart choice that helps you save money in the winter.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: isn’t a wall mantel supposed to be in the living room? Is this going to be too big for my bedroom? And you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that this wall mantel is only three feet high, almost four feet wide, and a little less than a foot deep, so this works well in primary suite bedrooms and smaller bedrooms alike! The top of the mantel is cool to the touch, so you can put jewelry, books, or a cable box for your TV on top. But here’s our favorite part: the heat and flame controls are independent from each other, so you can sleep next to the soft glowing flames if the mood strikes.

Awesome Office Upgrades

Another smart way to utilize supplemental zone heating in your home? Portable heat! One of our most popular products, the duraflame® 3D Infrared Quartz Electric Fireplace Stove Heater, has garnered thousands of 5-star reviews and is easy to move from room to room. We like to use this cute little stove heater, pictured below, in our office for instantly toasty toes.

A cute small red electric fireplace stove sits in a home office.

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