How You Can Save On The Heating Invoice AND Stay Warm – Build A Kotatsu Table!

How You Can Save On The Heating Invoice AND Stay Warm – Build A Kotatsu Table!

Brr… Winter is here. The in a single day temperature plunged into the 30s a couple of instances final week. This appears a bit early to me. Usually, it doesn’t get this cold in Portland till December. The weather is strange this year. It’s been quite a bit drier than usual. The crisp sunny days are incredible, but this also means it’s colder. I’m not precisely sure how it works, however it isn’t as cold when we have now 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 into a kotatsu table. Yes, I do this to avoid wasting cash on the heating invoice, but it is really cozy too.

Ahhh…. I really like our kotatsu table. It’s so warm and toasty. We've been utilizing our kotatsu table for over 15 years and it's nonetheless awesome! There may be nothing better than warming up on the flick of a change once you are available from the cold. Our kotatsu table is my favourite winter equipment, by far. It’s straightforward to DIY and it will pay for itself within the long run. I highly recommend investing a little bit time and building one for yourself.

*Disclaimer: You should not depart any heating device unattended. We haven’t had any problem, however everybody needs to be protected and pay shut consideration to your heaters. We take no accountability for and won't be liable for anything you build. We might receive a referral price if you are going to buy something from Amazon although the links in this post.

*This post was originally written in 2010. I replace it each few years with the latest info. It’s much easier to buy a kotatsu table now that Amazon has grown so much.

Staying warm AND get monetary savings
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 means down and bundle up. This is nice for the wallet, nevertheless it doesn’t work for us because Mrs. RB40, my spouse, hates being cold. Luckily, I've a secret weapon. Our kotatsu table is the important thing to staying toasty and keeping our heating bill low.

We live in a condo and we don’t have gas. The heating and cooling system runs on electrical energy which is more costly than gas. Our month-to-month electric bill averages round $60 in the warmer months and round $100 in the winter. We generally preserve the temperature round sixty eight degrees with 2 area heaters and rely on our kotatsu table to warm up. Right here is our last 2 years of energy usage.

The reason we have been utilizing the house heaters was because our HVAC stopped working in 2012. I just received a new system installed this spring because we plan to promote this rental soon. Apparently, the heat pump is more energy efficient than heater coil so our winter energy bill ought to be less this year. We’ll see if the bill is really lower 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 describe the consolation stage in the event you haven’t experienced it. Napping beneath the kotatsu table is heavenly. Belief me, it’s really nice.

I’m unsure where I first discovered about the kotatsu table. I will need to have seen it in a Japanese manga or anime once I was a kid. The kotatsu table is very common there and each household has one. Most Japanese housing shouldn't be insulated well and the kotatsu table is a cost-effective solution to keep warm. Why heat the whole house? It’s less expensive to heat your own 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 might solely discover them on eBay. Now, you may get it on Amazon with free shipping! That’s awesome. It’s quite a bit more affordable now. Nonetheless, there is still another problem.

One challenge is that the kotatsu tables are generally fairly small. The standard tableprime measurement is 31×31 inches (80 cm) and most are solely 14 inches high. This is too short for those who’re tall. We bought our first kotatsu table at a japanese heated table store in CA for about $130. After a couple of years, I decided to build a bigger and taller table because we wanted more space. Our DIY kotatsu table is a lot more consolationable now with the additional legroom. It's about 18" high. The four additional inches made a huge difference.

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