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What is cheaper to run gas or electric fireplace?

Last Updated: 5th March, 2020

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If you don't have an existing gas line, an electric fireplace is probably a the more cost effective option. Also, because gas fireplaces are fueled by gas, they create real flames, while electric ones produce heat with no flame. Generally speaking, a gas fireplace is more expensive to run than an electric fireplace.

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Also asked, how much does it cost to run an electric fireplace per month?

Energy-Efficiency Gas fireplaces use between 7,000 and 16,000 BTUs, are between 70 and 90% efficient at converting energy to heat, and cost around $60 a year to run. Electric fireplaces use between 5,200 and 8,900 BTUs and convert all their energy to heat. They cost around $25 a year to run.

Subsequently, question is, how much does it cost to run an electric fire? Electric Fireplace – 2kw – 30p per hour. Flueless Gas Fire – 2kw – 10p per hour. Wood Burning Stove – 2.35kw – 23.5p per hour. Open Flame Wood Burner – 8kw – 80p per hour.

Similarly one may ask, are electric fireplaces expensive to use?

Electric fireplaces use only about 1,500 watts of electricity. Considering a combination of these settings, it costs between $50 and $80 a year to use an electric fireplace, considerably less than the annual cost for a gas fireplace, with costs ranging between $200 and $500 annually.

Do electric fireplaces save on heating bills?

Then, you heat only the room that is occupied. This concept reduces the use of wasted energy and could save you up to 10% on your energy bills. Electric fireplaces also save you from costly chimney cleaning, service checks, and installation fees.

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Is an electric fireplace worth it?

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Can you plug an electric fireplace into a surge protector?

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What is the best electric fireplace to buy?

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Which is better gas or electric fireplace?

If you don't have an existing gas line, an electric fireplace is probably a the more cost effective option. Also, because gas fireplaces are fueled by gas, they create real flames, while electric ones produce heat with no flame. Generally speaking, a gas fireplace is more expensive to run than an electric fireplace.

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How economical are electric fireplaces?

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What should I look for in an electric fireplace?

So, typically when shopping for an electric fireplace, you'll want to look for lower wattage and a higher BTU rating. Because of their relatively low wattage, most electric fireplaces can run off of a standard 120 volt plug (about 1500 watts), making electric fireplaces much more efficient than wood burning fireplaces.

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How much does it cost to heat a house with electric?

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How much does it cost to run an electric fire for an hour?

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How much is heating per hour?

If it's colder out the heat loss from the property is higher and therefore it costs more to maintain the heat. It's around 1 penny per hour per degree difference so if it's 18 outside it'll cost nothing to heat and if it is a freezing 0 degrees outside it'll cost about 18 pence per hour to maintain 18 degrees.

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Does an electric heater use a lot of electricity?

This means for each hour the space heater is running it consumes 1.5 kWh of electricity, which costs about 16 cents. But running that heater nonstop is a surefire way to increase your electric bill. If you ran one 1,500 watt space heater for 24-hours a day for a single month it would cost about $118.