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How much does it cost to use an electric fireplace for an evening?

YOU might think an electric heater is an economical way to stay warm without turning on the heater – but it could cost you.

Colder temperatures and rising costs mean many households are trying to stay warm without spending.

Your electric fireplace could add to your energy bill

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Your electric fireplace could add to your energy billCredit: Getty

Rising energy bills mean many families will be looking for alternative ways to stay cozy this winter.

But some solutions are more expensive than you think.

We have previously reviewed how much does it cost to run an oil-filled radiator and how much to run a logger.

Here we look at the operating costs of an electric heater.

An electric heater is a plug-in device that operates when current passes through a resistor and converts it into heat.

Mobile devices are generally inexpensive to buy and seem like an obvious solution to staying warm.

Since you can direct the heat directly at you and only warm the room you’re using, it seems likely that turning on the heating would be a cheaper alternative.

But in reality, the amount of energy these heaters use can make them an expensive way to stay warm.

Here’s the equation you use to work out your equipment costs:

Cost = electricity (kilowatts) x cost per kWh (pence) x duration (just a snack or more a week or month.)

How much to run an electric heater?

According to Uswitch, a plug-in electric heater uses about 3 kilowatt hours (kWh).

According to energy regulator Ofgem, the average cost of electricity is currently 18.9p/kWh.

So to get the hourly cost to run an electric heater, we multiply 18.9p by 3, since that’s the kWh it uses.

That puts the running cost at 56.7p per hour.

If you turn it on for one evening while watching TV for four hours, it will cost you £2.26.

And if you do it every day for a week, that’s £15.82.

That adds up to £70 a month.

The cost is not too different from the operating price one oil-filled radiator.

We’ve worked out that the oil cooler takes 42p an hour to run., or £1.68 for four hours.

A log drive could be a cheaper solution, according to calculations by the Kitchen Industry Alliance.

Or you can create a electric blanket – we figured it only takes 0.8p to run one every 30 minutes.

Today we revealed how use your thermostat to save £100 a year on bills.

Are you worried about your energy bills?

Many households are struggling with rising energy costs at the moment.

Energy regulator Ofgem has raised its Energy Price Cap to £1,277 in October, adding £139 to the average household bill.

A string of Energy supplier collapse Doesn’t help the situation either.

If you are worried about energy bill then using alternatives like this is a way to reduce costs.

We also reviewed 10 energy saving gadgets that can cut a few cents on your bill.

Some government programs can also help if you qualify.

NS cold weather you’ll get £25 off your bill if the temperature drops below a certain level.

Low-income households can get up to £140 on their electricity bill with the government’s warm home discount program.

Martin Lewis explains what you need to do about your energy bills when gas prices soar

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Bobby Allyn

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