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Published on November 23rd, 2013 | by Becky Striepe


Energy Conservation, DIY Style: Make a Tea Light Heater

Energy Conservation Tea Light Heater

When you think energy conservation, crafting might not spring immediately to mind, but this tea light heater can heat a whole room for pennies!

This DIY heater made from tea lights and terra cotta flower pots is actually not that new, but now that cold weather is here it’s making the rounds again. The project comes from Dylan Winter of Keep Turning Left, and he uses the heater in the video to warm his small home studio.

To make your own tea light heater that will last for about four hours, you will need:

  • four tea lights – you can actually get six hours of heat instead of four and make this an even greener project by choosing eco-friendly, slower-burning soy candles!
  • a metal loaf pan
  • two terra cotta pots – one smaller than the other, so you can nest them together
  • the empty metal tin from an old tea light
  • a hot plate or old magazine, to put the apparatus on

Need your heater to run longer? Replace the tea lights as they wear out. Check out the video for a demo on how to set this puppy up:

There are actually lots of DIY energy conservation projects out there! Here are a few of my favorite ways to use my crafty skills to conserve energy all winter long:

I would love to hear from you guys! What DIY energy conservation projects have you done around your home?

Image Credit: Terra Cotta Pots photo via Shutterstock

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

4 Responses to Energy Conservation, DIY Style: Make a Tea Light Heater

  1. Marti says:

    Very interesting. And very timely. I have a call in to the hvac company because our family room is about 8 degrees cooler than the rest of the house, and they can’t come for awhile because of so many emergencies with a sudden cold snap we’re having. So until they can adjust our dampers, I’ll try this.

  2. Jloree says:

    the video does not exist???!!!

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