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If you use a space heater in your home, please be aware that using a space heater can cause a significant increase in your monthly bill.

A 1,000-watt space heater operating 12 hours a day will add about $40 to your monthly bill.

If the cost does not deter you, remember how important it is to use space heaters safely. Make sure your unit is equipped with automatic shut-off features and heating element guards. Place your space heater out of high-traffic areas and on level, hard, non-flammable floor surfaces — not on carpets, furniture or countertops.

Remember to keep space heaters at least three feet from all flammable items such as draperies, blankets and sofas.

Finally, never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off or unplug the unit before leaving the room or going to bed.