Nov 03

Green Advantages of an Electric Fireplace

Making the purchase of an electric fireplace is a well thought out decision. Usually the reason for your interest in an electric fireplace is because they are easy to install and are a great alternative to gas fireplaces.

There are many benefits for buying an electric fireplace including it’s green advantages. Over the past 5 years, consumers have been demanding more environmentally friendly products. So it’s no different with fireplaces, today I would like to tell you the benefits of a Dimplex electric fireplace.

The biggest comparison could be that gas fireplaces omit harmful gases to the air. Dimplex fireplaces produce 90% less carbon dioxide than an average direct vent gas fireplace. They eliminate the risk of CO poisoning because there is no combustion. They maintain healthy indoor air by eliminating the particulates and moisture produced by gas and wood fireplaces. Gas fireplaces consume 4.38 million BTU per year in stand by mode compared to Dimplex fireplaces that have no standing pilot light.

The environmentally friendly fireplaces also help you save. On average it costs 3 cents per hour to operate the flame effect. At minimum heat output, a gas fireplace costs 20 cents per hour to operate. Electric fireplaces convert 100% of their energy to light and heat. Gas and wood fireplaces lose up to 95% of their heat up the vent and chimney.

It’s not only good for you, but it also helps preserve natural resources by reducing consumption of wood and fossil fuels. I hope this helps you grasp an idea of the benefits of how much an electric fireplace can help save the environment, as well as save your costs.

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I am the Director of New Business Development, responsible for the on-line initiatives for Dimplex North America.

Comments (6)

  • Brenda on November 5th, 2011 at 9:24pm

    You mention it is about 3 cents per hour for the flame effect; about how much is it for the heat effect and what rates are you basing this on?

    • chad on November 11th, 2011 at 1:35pm

      Hello Brenda,

      This is an estimate based on the wattage that the unit produces. On all of our units there is a rating plate (usually on the top or back of a product), You take the rated wattage and divide it by 1000 to get kilowatts. Take that number and multiply it by the kilowatt per hour rate on your power bill to get the cost per hour of operation. This is the maximum cost per hour that our units run with heat and lights on.

      1500 watts divided by 1000 = 1.5kw
      1.5kw x .11 perkwh = .16 cents per hour.

      I hope this helps…

  • G inette Desjardins on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:19pm

    Bonjour ,je veux un foyer électrique encastrable, mais le plus mince possible .pas plus de 6po de profond et que la chaleur sorte par en bas ou devant.

  • Carol S. du Bois on January 10th, 2012 at 4:44pm

    How can I replace my remote?

    • chad on January 11th, 2012 at 4:02pm

      Hello Carol,

      Thank you for your question, in order to fully understand your needs and provide help, we will require more information regarding the product, please contact our customer service department directly and they will be happy to assist you.

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