We’re right in the middle of winter and although having a heater running 24/7 sounds great in theory and would be certain to keep your home nice and cosy, it just isn’t viable for anyone’s budget. Around 40% of home owners energy consumption is made up of heating or cooling. (insert reference) https://www.energy.gov.au/households/energy-basics-householders
This means home owners must be conscious of the types of heating appliances they use in order to avoid receiving overly expensive energy bills. The main types of heaters used include electric, gas and reverse cycle air conditioners. Each are great for their individual purposes, however some are much more expensive to run. We’ve indicated the pros and cons of each and suggested which heater would be the most cost-efficient for your home.


Electric heaters are potentially the cheapest to buy, however will cost you the most in running expenses. Electric heaters are great to heat individual rooms or small spaces for short periods of time. They are convenient and will save you time as you just simply plug them into a power point, and they work instantly. The downside to portable electric heaters is they are not energy efficient, very expensive to run and are not the safest appliances to use.


Gas heaters are energy efficient and much cheaper to run than electric powered appliances. They are ideal for heating medium sized rooms and work fairly quickly to heat the intended space. Gas heaters must be serviced every few years to ensure they are functioning correctly and are safe to use. They will last you between 10-20 years, which is a much longer life span than the electric heater.


Reverse cycle air conditioners are one of the most cost-efficient appliances to heat your home throughout the colder months. Although they are more expensive to buy outright and install than portable electric heaters, they are sure to save you thousands of dollars on your energy bills in the long run. They are great for heating larger spaces and will do so within a short period of time. Another benefit is you can use it throughout the summertime to cool your home, so essentially you kill two birds with one stone.


In terms of running costs, reverse cycle air conditioners are the most affordable to run and for longer periods of time. You may opt for gas instead, which is just as efficient in terms of heating, however slightly more inexpensive to run. Electric heaters are still beneficial, but we don’t recommend using them on a regular basis as they will lead to a high electricity bill. Consider how often you are home, the type of home you live in and the space you need heated. This will help you decide on which heater to use and which will save you the most money in the long run.


Regardless of which heater you do decide to use, there are some simple steps you can take in order to save extra money on your heating bills. Keep all doors and windows shut whilst using your heater in order to keep the heat within your home. Ensure all draughts are sealed on doors and windows throughout your home. Always remember to turn your heaters off when not in use! Open any blinds or curtains during the day to let any sunlight in to naturally heat your home. If you have any questions regarding which heater is right for you, give our team at Rite Price a call today! With decades of experience, we can provide you with the right heating appliance to suit your lifestyle.

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