Get ready to open that wallet wider this Winter. A new study shows the cost to heat your home is going up. There could be a solution in the form of a vent free gas appliance.

Whether fireplace, stove or wall heater, vent free gas units are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and could be used to supplement your main source of warmth during those bitterly cold days. The study was performed on behalf of the Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance, conducted by Wakefield Research.

"For consumers looking to save money and energy this winter and for many years to come, vent-free gas products are the smart, green choice," said Sue Walker, chairwoman of the Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance. "Our products are safe, reliable and efficient, while delivering value and warmth to homeowners."

Nearly half of the poll respondents said they would take drastic measures - like turning down their thermostat to below 65 degrees - to save money this winter. Some of the people actually turned it down to uncomfortable levels and for seniors that can be dangerous. More than half of poll respondents said they shut off heat to certain rooms of their home to save money - commonly referred to as zone heating.

Vent-free gas appliances require no such sacrifice, as they operate at 99 percent efficiency, delivering 99 cents worth of heat for every energy dollar spent and ensuring consumers get the most value for their money.

Because a vent-free gas heating system does not require tearing out walls to run vent pipe, professional installation is surprisingly inexpensive, fast and easy. And because most units don't operate on electricity, they will continue to provide reliable heat when winter power outages leave homeowners in the cold.

Vent-free gas products have an outstanding air quality and safety record. These products have been available to consumers for more than 30 years, with more than 20 million units sold.

Vent-free gas products encourage consumers to install an appliance in the rooms they use most, stay comfortable and save money. Consumers using this strategy have reported savings of up to 20 percent on their home heating bills month after month, year after year.

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