Are Electric Fireplaces Expensive to Operate?
What comes to mind when you think of fireplaces?
Warmth, comfort, relaxation, and luxury.
These are all great reasons to purchase a fireplace. But, there is probably another word that comes to mind, which might make the thought of a fireplace less exciting and that is the on-going operational cost.
When it comes to cost, there is a common misconception that electric fireplaces are expensive to operate but that just isn’t true. They are in fact cheaper than gas!
Dimplex electric fireplaces operate for just pennies a day!
When you choose to activate the heat feature along with the flame, a Dimplex electric fireplace uses approximately 1500 Watts.
At the average hydro cost, the total cost to operate the flame and heater is approximately 8¢ per hour (when the heater cycles at 50%).
These amounts can fluctuate depending on the electricity rates in your specific area, however, it is still very low. As a comparison, gas fireplace manufacturers regularly advertise running costs of 17¢ per hour.
This difference in costs is because electric heat is 100% efficient. All the energy supplied to the unit is converted into heat, which stays in the room to keep you warm.
Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, often advertise 70-80% efficiency. This means that 20-30% of the energy supplied to the unit is vented outside. To put this another way, 20¢ to 30¢ of each dollar you spend heating your house is going out your ventilation system.
Unlike other fireplaces, electric fireplaces can also be run without heat, allowing you to enjoy the ambiance of the fireplace year round.
When you are not using heat, the flames of an electric fireplace use slightly under 300 Watts of power. With an average electricity rate, the unit operates for a remarkable 3¢ per hour providing all the ambiance and romance of a fireplace, without the heat, whenever you want.