How Much Will an Electric Fireplace Raise My Electric Bill?

Many ask how much electricity does an electric fireplace use?

Use the MagikFlame Electric Fireplaces Cost Calculator to Find Out the Price of Your Next Heating Bill.



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*auto populated cost based on North American average of rates. For more accurate results check your electricity bill for current rates in your area.


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An Easy Way to Find Out How Much Electric Fireplaces Raise Your Electric Bill With No Math Required. Plug n’ Go!

MagikFlame electric fireplaces (for reference) consume 1,500 watts of electricity to run on high and about 750 watts on medium heat. The amount of heat output is called a British thermal unit and is abbreviated (BTU). To continue using this unit for example we know it’s a 5,200 BTU heater and according to the manufacturer it’s highly energy efficient and green making it a good choice to take the chill out of a room. Most electric fireplaces consume about 12-15 amps with the heat turned on and much less when off.

We Have Put Significant Development Into This Tool in Order for it to Provide the Most Accurate Estimates Possible for Running Your Electric Fireplace Heater.

By utilizing zone heating as your heat source you can dramatically cut the cost of your monthly utility bill by warming only the room you’re in rather than your entire house. An electric fireplace with a built in space heater will cost far less to run than using your home’s central heating system and less than the cost of a wood burning fireplace, and much less than a propane gas fireplace when calculating natural gas costs and annual maintenance. To minimize heat loss and keep your electric bill down close doors and windows to minimize heat loss and maximize your space heater efficiency.

Find Out the Operational Costs to Run Your Electric Fireplace for the Time It Will Be Used

We have created a free cost calculator tool that takes the hard work out of calculating your energy bill when operating any electric fireplace. Certain considerations should be taken into account such as whether you will be running your firebox in ambiance only mode (without the heating element) or with the infrared quartz heater turned on. Running the fireplace without the space heater uses less watts and costs about as much to run as an incandescent light bulb and you’ll hardly notice it on your power bill. You will find that an electric fireplace is considerably less expensive to operate compared to a traditional fireplace or wood burning stove.

How to Use Our Electric Fireplace Utility Bill Cost Calculator

An electric fireplace heater does draw quite a bit more power when on (calculated in wattage) and this tool will let you know exactly what you can expect to pay to operate your electric fireplace. Simply select the number of watts your fireplace runs off on, select whether it’s hard wired or direct, enter the cost per kilowatt hour (or KWH) from your monthly utility bill, enter the daily usage and the total duration of time throughout the month for your easy answer.

Some Things to Keep In Mind When Using Our Free Cost Estimation Tool

Find out in an instant what the cost will be to operate any fireplace with a heating element. Keep in mind that MagikFlame and other fireplaces have a built in thermostat which turns your electric heater on and off automatically depending on the temperature you set it to. Setting your fireplace to a lower temperature will reduce your operating costs. Because the fireplace is not always on, you can expect your electricity bill to be a bit less than this calculator estimates for your fireplace electricity usage. Also be aware that the number of square feet that you will be heating will affect your power bill. Most electric fireplaces can warm air between 400-1000 square feet. Infrared quartz heaters are more efficient for larger spaces than fan-forced coil heaters. Zone heating will cut your power bill.

Why a MagikFlame Electric Fireplace Will Cost Less to Run Than Other Brands

The MagikFlame electric fireplace insert is a premium “green” home product that uses high quality and energy efficient components throughout. We use low power draw LED lights in our log set and LCD technology for our flame effect that costs far less to run than the halogen bulbs found in other fireplaces (like the Dimplex Opti-Myst [buy on Amazon]) improving energy efficiency. Our environmentally sound technology allows us to be amongst the most energy efficient option currently offered in the electric fireplace industry and operating our unit costs mere pennies a day, all while being hassle free! You can choose between an electric fireplace insert or a freestanding wall mantel unit to warm your living room, or any room of your home in style. Many reviewers have called our unit the best electric fireplace they have seen! Have a look and judge for yourself.

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Equation For Math Nerds: Energy Cost Calculation
Energy Consumption Calculation

The energy E in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per day is equal to the power P in watts (W) times number of usage hours per day t divided by 1,000 watts per kilowatt:

E(kWh/day) = P(W) × t(h/day) / 1000(W/kW)

Energy Cost Calculation

The energy cost per day in dollars is equal to the energy consumption E in kWh per day times the energy cost of 1 kWh in cents/kWh divided by 100 cents per dollar:

Cost($/day) = E(kWh/day) × Cost(cent/kWh) / 100(cent/$)