Are electric fireplaces expensive to operate?

Although electric heat from a fireplace is 100% efficient, it is worth noting that much of our electricity is supplied from generation sources such as hydro, coal, gas, or oil.

Most of this electricity production turns about 1/3 of the fuel’s energy potential into electricity. Because of the generation and transportation losses in transmission lines, electric heat is often more expensive than heat produced from wood, gas, or oil combustion appliances.

The heating element in an electric fireplace is often 1500 watts. That’s about 7675 BTUs of heat. If operated for 10 hours a day and at 15ȼ/kWh, the cost would be approximately $2.35/day to use an electric fireplace with the heat on.

However, suppose you turn the heat off and only enjoy the light show; in that case, your cost drops to about 7ȼ/day, which is the cost to operate a small motor or LED lights.

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service Virginia (VA)

Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Warrenton, VA

Costello's Warrenton Fireplace & Hot Tub
251 West Lee Hwy
Warrenton, VA 20186

For more information, contact your local fireplace and grill store..

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