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Using your garage as a work area for home projects can be a great way to get more out of the space, but you may find yourself shivering as temperatures drop in winter. Garages aren’t known for being well insulated, so heating this drafty space can leave you with a staggering electric bill. If you want to heat your garage on a budget, here are a few options.

Add Insulation

A well-insulated garage will retain heat and keep your heating bill low. Adding insulation to the garage door is one of the easiest ways to keep drafts out and heat in. This insulation kit has everything you need to get started.

Anco Garage Door Insulation Kit available from Amazon

Adding sturdy mildew resistant indoor/outdoor carpeting will also warm up your space and provide extra insulation.

iCustomRug Indoor/Outdoor Carpeting available from Amazon

Natural Gas Vent-Free Heaters

A vent-free space heater is an upfront investment, but you won’t be surprised with electric bills since these heaters run on natural gas or kerosene. This also makes them a great option for detached garages without electricity, or for areas that have frequent power outages.

Rinnai Vent-Free Propane Gas Space Heater available from Amazon

Energy Efficient Space Heaters

An energy efficient space heater will raise your electricity bill—but not drastically. This infrared heater has a 500 and 1000 watt setting so you can save energy while heating up to 500 square feet. It also plugs directly into a normal 110-volt outlet, and the wall-mounted design is a space saver. The initial cost is also affordable.

Heat Storm Wall Deluxe Indoor Infrared Heater available from Amazon