DIY Heating Solution: Heat Your Home Without Increasing Your Energy Bill

It’s that time of year when our energy bills increase because we have to run our heating systems. Even when we wear extra layers, sometimes additional heating is essential. So, if you don’t want to waste money and energy by warming the whole house when all you want to do is make a single room a little more comfortable, there is a really simple DIY heating solution: The flower pot heater.

flower pot heater

All you need is:

  • A muffin tin
  • Tea lights
  • 2 clay flower pots, one slightly smaller than the other
  • An empty/used tea light or a coin

This flower pot heater makes use of the principle of convection heating and can heat 15 square feet for around 4 hours at a time.

Now, obviously, because this DIY heating solution uses tea lights, it’s essential that you don’t leave it unattended, and you need to remove anything flammable from around the device, because it gets hot. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Watch the full video tutorial:


Like the guy in the video, we recommend setting this heater up on a non-flammable surface like a glass or metal tabletop, or setting it up on a table with an additional metal tray beneath.

We love this idea – it’s genius. So we thought we’d test it out – and it works! Obviously the length of time the heater works for depends on the quality and size of the tea lights or small pillar candles you use. And don’t forget you can reuse dead tea lights to make new ones, to further reduce cost. Save even more money and reduce your carbon footprint with our simple sustainable living ideas or our simple ways to reduce energy consumption.

Give it a go and let us know your thoughts!

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Post Author: Katy Willis

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