When you receive your electricity bill, you may be baffled as to why it’s so high. We all know that high electricity bills in winter are a widespread problem as they are directly linked to the power consumption of the heater. Everybody is concerned about reducing their high electricity bills. Electric heaters available in the market come in various forms, including fan heaters, radiant, convection, and multiple sizes from 1 k-watt to 8.5 k-watt. It doesn’t matter what kind of heater you are using; the running cost is always a blend of 3 elements:

  • The cost per hour of electricity
  • K-watt rating of the heater
  • Number of hours the heater is operated

It’s not essential what company or size of the heater you are using; the equation will still be the same.

For example, if you are using a 6 kW fan heater on the 15.2 cents per watt-hour on the hydro heat tariff, then the price of running the heater will be 91 costs per hour. If you use the heater on its highest heating mode for 6-hours per day and the total cost will be $5.46 cents per day.

15.2 cents x 6 kw x 6 hours = $5.46 cents

Similarly, if you are using a 2.4 kW panel heater on the power tariff and normal light of $2.25 per kilowatt-hour, then the cost of your heater will be $60.48 per hour. If you use the heater on its highest heating mode for 10 hours per day, your total bill will be 6 cents for one day.

25.2$ x 2.4 kw x 10 hours = $6.05

With the price highlighted above, it’s important to notice how electricity bills can spiral out of your control, with a 2.4kw panel heater and a 6 kW heater in your area in the hallway, operating for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 hours. Most heaters have different types of thermostats to modulate the temperature. If you set the thermostat settings high, the heater will be used for a longer time. Set the settings low, and the heaters will run for a lesser time.  The case above is perhaps near to the highest costs, and your original price will be low, based on how you position the thermostat.

Other factors that impact the cost of your heater service involve the construction and design of your house. A perfectly insulated home will keep more heat generated, letting you run your heater at a minimum thermostat setting. Closing the windows and doors to keep the room heated for a longer time will also keep the cost of heating down.

Your heater should be used according to the area you want to warm.

A fan heater with regular heater maintenance, repair, and cleaning will work more efficiently than one clogged with dirt and debris. Daily cleaning will also help you eliminate the cost to replace motors and other elements affected by overheating.

It’s good if you can calculate the kilowatt rating of your heaters and make an estimate to know the electricity usage for running a heater. Mostly, the hourly cost may look small, but when it is multiplied by usage hours in a day, of replacing and then again with 90 days, that little cost saving can genuinely make a difference.

Understanding how much electricity a heater uses in Australia can be helpful to bear the awful shock of seeing your next power bill. If you need heater maintenance, installation or repair or any other kind of heater related services call Quick Air at 1300 730 896 to hire an expert technician for a better and safer experience.