Use a Thermostat to Contol a Space Heater

With DIY projects, it's easy to go from professional MacGyver status to jury rigged disaster. With that in mind, be careful with this one—something about it just screams "Fire hazard!"

Space heaters—besides the whole accidentally burning the house down thing—are great for saving a little bit of money in the winter. Why heat the whole house when you're only going to be in one room?

But believe it or not, there's thrifty (cheap?) guys out there to craft brilliant DIY projects like this one to save even more dough: By hooking a digital thermostat up to his space heater, Jeff of MightyOhm allowed himself to put his space heater on a temperature timer!

The original motivation for this was that I wanted to lower the temperature of the heater at night, reducing my energy bill, while still being able to wake up to a toasty room in the morning by setting the heater to turn on full blast 30 minutes before I awoke.

Check out the whole project here at Instructables, if you feel like taking a walk on the wild side and trying this yourself.

Via Makezine

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.

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