GBA Logo horizontal Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Picture icon Hamburger Icon Close Icon Sorted

Community and Q&A

I would like low cost electric heating options for my 1000-square-foot cabin

Don Bell | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

I have a 1000 sq foot cabin in NW Wisconsin with a basement and a off-peak electric water heater.

GBA Prime

Join the leading community of building science experts

Become a GBA Prime member and get instant access to the latest developments in green building, research, and reports from the field.


  1. David Meiland | | #1

    Cheapest electric heating is a ductless heat pump

  2. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #2

    Are you looking for equipment that is cheap to install? Or equipment that is cheap to operate?

    The cheapest electric heating equipment to install is electric resistance baseboard.

    The cheapest electric heating equipment to operate is a ductless minisplit unit.

  3. David Meiland | | #3

    To take that a step further, the cheapest electrical resistance heat to install is a free-standing space heater, and it could be more effective due to the fact that it can probably sit closer to where you sit than a typical baseboard heater. You can buy a Delonghi-type oil filled radiator for around $50 and plug it into an existing outlet.

Log in or create an account to post an answer.


Recent Questions and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |