Wherever you live, the temperature and weather conditions have a serious effect on the size of your electric bill and other utilities. Heating in chilly temperatures and cooling in sizzling temperatures will make up a great percentage of those bills. Over the years as fuel prices have increased dramatically, especially for propane gas, fuel oil and natural gas, homeowners have looked for ways to stay comfortable and still keep costs under control as much as possible. Periodically there are dramatic price shifts based on supply. A shortage of propane in the north a few years ago led to prices that were double and even triple the price of previous years. Some people have installed wood burning furnaces either as a primary way to heat their homes or as a supplementary way to supply heat. This is a labor-intensive practice. The economy of wood burning depend on the availability of the wood. People with wooded acreage have a ready source however felling the trees and creating usable logs is no straightforward task. Kerosene burners also are sometimes used to supplement furnaces. Kerosene is highly flammable and has a strong odor. It needs to be handled with care. The heat produced by this kind of furnace can be intense, so pretty much everyone needs to be careful not to bump into the heater. Fortunately, several efficient electric area furnaces have come on the market. These are a great solution for helping to postpone turning on the heating plan for the winter, for heating chilly spots which may occur in the modern home or for heating a room that is occupied to a comfortable temperature while keeping the rest of the modern home cool. Price increases can lead to creating efficient and economical solutions.