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Tips On How To Save On The Heating Bill AND Keep Warm – Build A Kotatsu Table!

Tips On How To Save On The Heating Bill AND Keep Warm – Build A Kotatsu Table!

Brr… Winter is here. The in a single day temperature plunged into the 30s a couple of times final week. This seems a bit early to me. Often, it doesn’t get this cold in Portland until December. The climate is strange this year. It’s been quite a bit drier than usual. The crisp sunny days are incredible, but this additionally means it’s colder. I’m not exactly certain the way it works, but it isn’t as cold when we have some cloud cover or rain. It’s truly really nice to have all these sunny days in October and November. I don’t think we’ve had a dry autumn like this in a protracted time. Anyway, it’s cold now and it’s time to transform our coffee table right into a kotatsu table. Yes, I do this to save some money on the heating bill, however it's really cozy too.

Ahhh…. I like our kotatsu table. It’s so warm and toasty. We have now been using our kotatsu table for over 15 years and it's nonetheless awesome! There's nothing better than warming up at the flick of a change while you are available from the cold. Our kotatsu table is my favourite winter equipment, by far. It’s simple to DIY and it'll pay for itself within the lengthy run. I highly advocate investing a little time and building one for yourself.

*Disclaimer: You shouldn't depart any heating system unattended. We haven’t had any problem, but everybody needs to be protected and pay close attention to your heaters. We take no responsibility for and will not be liable for anything you build. We may obtain a referral charge if you are going to buy something from Amazon though the links in this post.

*This publish was originally written in 2010. I update it every few years with the latest info. It’s a lot easier to purchase a kotatsu table now that Amazon has grown so much.

Staying warm AND lower your expenses
It’s about this time of yr that all the personal finance magazines and blogs come out with articles on how to save cash on heating. The standard advice to is to show the thermostat manner down and bundle up. This is nice for the pockets, nevertheless it doesn’t work for us because Mrs. RB40, my spouse, hates being cold. Fortunately, I've a secret weapon. Our kotatsu table is the important thing to staying toasty and keeping our heating invoice low.

We live in a condominium and we don’t have gas. The heating and cooling system runs on electricity which is more expensive than gas. Our month-to-month electrical invoice averages round $60 in the warmer months and round $100 in the winter. We typically keep the temperature around 68 degrees with 2 house heaters and depend on our kotatsu table to warm up. Right here is our final 2 years of energy usage.

The reason we had been utilizing the house heaters was because our HVAC stopped working in 2012. I just got a new system installed this spring because we plan to sell this condominium soon. Apparently, the heat pump is more energy efficient than heater coil so our winter energy invoice should be less this year. We’ll see if the invoice is really decrease as advertised.

What's a Kotatsu Table?
What is a kotatsu table exactly? A kotatsu table is basically a covered coffee table with a heating element. It’s hard to explain the consolation degree in case you haven’t experienced it. Napping below the kotatsu table is heavenly. Trust me, it’s really nice.

I’m unsure the place I first discovered about the kotatsu table. I should have seen it in a Japanese manga or anime when I was a kid. The kotatsu table is very common there and each household has one. Most japanese table heater housing is just not insulated well and the kotatsu table is a cheap method to keep warm. Why heat the whole house? It’s less expensive to heat your personal personal space.

You could possibly buy a kotatsu table on eBay or Amazon for $150-four hundred, but that has some drawbacks. They used to have a high shipping value because most kotatsu tables are shipped in from Japan. A couple of years ago, you would only find them on eBay. Now, you may get it on Amazon with free shipping! That’s awesome. It’s loads more affordable now. Nonetheless, there may be nonetheless another problem.

One challenge is that the kotatsu tables are typically fairly small. The standard tabletop dimension is 31×31 inches (eighty cm) and most are only 14 inches high. This is simply too quick for those who’re tall. We bought our first kotatsu table at a Japanese retailer in CA for about $130. After a couple of years, I made a decision to build an even bigger and taller table because we wished more space. Our DIY kotatsu table is lots more comfortable now with the additional legroom. It's about 18" high. The four further inches made a huge difference.