We recently obtained a programmable thermostat for the house which we only have set to turn on in the mornings. What we do for the rest of the day is use an electric space heater to heat the area of the house that we are in. Because it costs so much more to use gas, and because when we turn on our central heat it distributes through the whole apartment, it makes more sense to use something smaller that we have set right by us.
Space heaters can cost anywhere from $20 to $200. I think a really decent one can be had for $40, depending on what kind of room you are heating.
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