Please help me figure out how to heat my drafty San Francisco 1-bedroom apartment without breaking the bank. Details inside!
I've been in this apartment for about a year - I'm renting, so I'm not able to make major modifications such as better insulating or replacing the windows. It came with two noisy electric forced-air heaters, which did a fair (but not great) job of heating it. Cost: $75/month.
Unfortunately, although I got used to the noise that they made, they were so loud that the upstairs neighbor complained that they were waking her up in the middle of the night, which I took as the last straw. She gave me an older version of this electric radiator
and I purchased this slightly more stylish model
. I've been using the latter most of the time to maintain a comfortable but by no means toasty temperature, and the former situationally as needed to supplement. Cost last month: $206.
I'd really rather not pay $200+/month to keep my apartment warm, and I'd also like to keep the sound level from my heating source below "waking up the neighbors." I purchased a Kill-A-Watt this morning, but I believe both heaters have similar energy consumption profiles. I also purchased a programmable plug-in thermostat to run the heaters through, but I'm afraid that won't make much of a dent. Hive-mind: what's my best solution to stay warm, thrifty, and quiet?
Additional electric bill details: PG&E gives me allotments at different prices in four tiers based on my dwelling type and heating source - basically, the more I use, the more my electricity costs, from $0.13 cents/kWh up to $0.36 cents/kWh.