Electric fireplaces often replace conventional fireplaces that can no longer be used. And they don’t need chimneys, vents, or ducts. As well as being attractive they’re easy to install within stone, tiled, or wood enclosures. But are electric fireplaces energy efficient? Find out more…


A frequently asked question is how much will an electric fireplace raise my electric bill? This will depend on the heat setting that you choose. And the electricity supplier you’re with.

On average electricity costs approximately 15p per kw. Gas costs less at around 5p per kw. With wood coming it at about 10p per kw. So, an electric fireplace cost per month would work out at around just £5.

Typically, an electric fireplace using 2ww of energy will cost about 30p per hour. Compare this to an open flame gas fire costing 40 per hour, and an open flame wood burner costing 80p per hour.


As electric fireplaces only use about 1,500 watts of electricity it makes them extremely efficient. Particularly when the flames are activated without any heat being produced.

Ratings have shown that electric fireplaces are 100% efficient. Meaning that none of the heat is lost. And this, in turn, saves on your heating bill. Open flame gas fires lose up to 75% of heat. And wood-burning stoves show around 15% heat loss.

Zone Warming

Electric fireplaces aren’t designed to heat your entire home. They give out heat in the areas where you need it. And combined with your central heating can provide you with a cost-effective solution.

You’ll be able to turn the thermostat on your heating system down by at least 1 degree saving you a further 1% on your energy bill. All by zone heating.

Advantages of freestanding electric fireplaces

Freestanding electric fireplaces are positioned against the wall or in a corner and are:

  • Portable – giving you heat exactly where you want it
  • Safe – free of smoke, fumes, sparks, and chemicals
  • Easy to operate – plug into a household outlet and choose your settings
  • Heat keepers – all the heat stays inside the house
  • Fast – as soon as you switch on the heat is generated

Features of a hardwired electric fireplace

You can quickly create an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation with the installation of an electric fireplace insert. You’ll be able to choose from a selection of glass doors, mantles, and flames. And complement your existing décor.

Adjusting the brightness and the heat level are two real bonuses. And maintenance is simple and easy. You may have to occasionally replace bulbs, and clean the glass covers if they’re not self-cleaning.

Things to consider before purchasing your fireplace

The British Thermal Unit is a measure of the heat output for electric fireplaces. A standard electric fireplace emits about 5,000 BTU which adequately heats a small to medium size room. This also depends on the level of insulation. And how many windows are in the room.

You’ll need to do a quick calculation of how much heat you need before you buy. Then you can make an informed decision on whether to opt for a plug-in fire needing a standard wall outlet. Or a hardwired fireplace that will need an electrician to connect the fireplace to your power supply.

Get an Expert Opinion

Discuss your requirements with an experienced electric fireplace supplier. You’ll be able to get a complete package from removing your old fire to fitting your new one. Fireplace surrounds will be tailor-made. And you’ll be able to choose a fire that’s elegant and beautiful.

Not only will your electric fireplace be energy efficient. It’ll also increase the value of your property.