How Much Will An Electric Fireplace Raise My Electric Bill

How much does it cost to run an electric fireplace

On average, in the US, it costs $0.22 per hour to run an electric fireplace.

The cost to run an electric fireplace ranges from $0.15 to $0.23 per hour, with $0.23 being the most common.

This cost is based on the average unit rate for electricity in the US (i.e. $0.15) and results from an electric fireplace energy efficiency study.

The following table lists the cost to run electric fireplaces with average (i.e. 1.44 kWh), the most common (i.e. 1.5 kWh), highest (i.e. 1.5 kWh) and lowest (i.e. 1 kWh) power consumption per hour, week and month.

Category Cost per hour Cost per week (at 5hrs/day) Cost per month (5hrs/day for 30 days)
Average $0.22 $7.58 $32.50
Most common $0.23 $7.88 $33.75
Highest $0.23 $7.88 $33.75
Lowest $0.15 $5.25 $22.50

Per week, assuming max power is used for 5 hours per day, it costs $7.58 to run an electric fireplace on average.

The cost to run an electric fireplace with the most common electricity draw is $7.88 per week.

It costs between $5.25 to $7.88 per week to run modern household electric fireplaces.

Cost to run an electric fireplace per month

On average, electric fireplaces will raise your monthly electricity bill by $32.50. This represents a 28.3% increase for the average US household.

Again, this assumes $0.15 per kWh and 5 hours of use per day, over 30 days, on max power.

The average US monthly electricity bill is $115, so a $32.50 increase is substantial (this increase assumes that an electric fireplace is not replacing a different mode of heating). However, electric fireplaces with the most common power consumption will increase bills even more.

Electric fireplaces with the most common power consumption will increase your monthly electricity bill by 29.3% (i.e. $33.75).

Modern electric fireplaces will increase your monthly electricity bills by between $22.50 to $33.75.

But what if you have an old electric fireplace?

How Much will an Electric Fireplace Raise My Electricity Bill?

The average electric fireplace uses nearly 1500 watts of power.

If you use it just for ambience, then the cost can range anywhere from $0.003 to $0.03 per hour.

However, if you use a heating unit as well, the costs will go up to around $0.09 per hour for a medium setting and $0.18 per hour for the maximum setting.

The average cost per year for this may be around $50 to $80. This assumes that you’re not going to use it throughout the year or every season of the year.

Most people use electric fireplaces around the winter season, especially during popular holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. By most estimates, using electrical fireplaces can reduce the energy consumption of an average household by nearly 20%.

What Are Electric Fireplaces?

An electric fireplace mimics the behaviour of an actual fireplace without the need for any fossil fuels like coal, wood, or natural gas. They’re usually put in place of conventional fireplaces that are defunct and can’t be used anymore.

These fireplaces usually consume around 1.4 to 1.6 kW and can heat a 400 square foot room quite comfortably. The first electric fireplace was invented in 1912, but it became a regular part of the American household around the 1950s.

How Much Electricity Does An Electric Fireplace Use?

Typically, electric fireplaces consume around 1,500 watts of electricity, although some may consume more or less depending on the make and model. BTUs, or British thermal units, is a form of measurement used for electric fireplaces, and a standard 1,500 electric fireplace puts out around 5,100 BTU – this is ideal for medium-sized rooms. There are also more powerful electric fireplaces that are able to produce 7,500 to 10,000 BTU, making them ideal for heating large rooms but at increased energy cost.

The good thing is that electric fireplaces are 99% efficient and convert electricity to heat quite effectively. If you are new to the concept of electric fireplaces and would like to learn more on how they function, and what are the features to look for, then click here to explore Appliance Accreditor’s detailed electric fireplace buying guide.



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