Okay, I fully expect some pushback on this one, but I really like heat mats. I think they're awesome. I think they are way more worth it than a refridgerator and my late 90s fridge uses 16.48 $ worth of electricity per 2 month billing period (in 2008 dollars).
Heat maps allow me to use my south facing windows to start sprouting seeds and growing plants in early February and March which I usually wouldn't think about until mid June outdoors and uncovered. And like, you don't have to keep the damn plants on the mat the entire time! Once they get up and going a little you can totally schotch them over to make room for more and let them get hardy. Then, with their headstart you can drop them outside in late March or April.
They do and for providing stable temperature for ferments and hatching.
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Landon Sunrich wrote:Okay, I fully expect some pushback on this one, but I really like heat mats. I think they're awesome.
I love them too, if I didn't have my Heat Mat and Dome combo, my dubious success with starting seeds would be simply non existent. I don't know what it is, I can put an addition on my house from start to finish, but when it comes to working in the yard, it all goes wrong. Thank goodness for Heat Mats.
My guilty pleasure is my electric mattress pad. Although I believe it actually saves energy because I can keep the room much cooler (zone electric heat) and most nights I turn it off as some point in the wee hours. If only I could build a RMH queen sized bed platform in this county...yeah right. Maybe before I'm so old and feeble that I can't lift the bricks-I hope so. Until then, I will hang my head in shame but sleep warm.
I had an electric mattress pad. Heavenly! Upstairs bedroom in an old farmhouse. I could usually see my breath in the mornings, but I was toasty until I had to get up.
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