The new place I'm in has the wood heat set up in a poor location for the house. On top of that, wood is mighty scarce. This place is set up for central oil heat, but the cost of oil has tripled in the last few years. In the mean time, here in the pacific northwest, the price of electricity ain't too bad! I'm thinking that rather than heat 100% of the house with central heat, perhaps a better strategy would be to heat the 10% that is being used with little portable electric heaters. My first thought was to just dig out what we have and use those. If I could somehow get a 30 minute countdown timer hooked up to them, that would be even better (that way, people don't run one of these things all day/night long - but just when they need a bit of warmth). Now I'm wondering if some of those little heaters might be more efficient than others. Maybe even have a built in timer! Anybody have the scoop on this sort of thing?