So there has recently been a lot of press about Amish heaters and about how they claim that they can drastically lower your power bill. There was even a commercial on television with a guy stating that his gas bill had dropped so low after he started using his new Amish heater that the gas company sent someone out to check his gas meter because they thought that something was wrong with it. In the commercial the guy says that the gas company just could not believe that his gas bill was that low. And then the guy gives a little chuckle as if to signify that he has beat the gas company!
Is the Amish heater everything and a slice of bread? Will the Amish heater lower you gas bill? Will the Amish heater lower your power bill? These are a few of the questions that many people have about the Amish heaters. Here I will try to dispel some of the myths.
Amish heaters claim to be using some brand new technology brought here all the way from the China coast. The claim is that they only use about the same amount of power as a coffee maker. Is this true? Yes and no. This is true because the Amish heater uses about 1500 watts when it is running, about the same as a coffee maker. However, the Amish heater will be running much longer to heat your house than your coffee maker will be running to make your morning cup of joe. As I have discussed before 1500 watts is equal to 1.5 kw and over an hour is 1.5 kwh. This means that if the Amish heater runs for one hour it will use 1.5 kwh. We are billed on kwh and an easy price to do the calculation is $0.10 per hour. At 1.5 kwh and $0.10 per kwh the heater costs us about $0.15 per hour. Which leads us to our next question.
Will the Amish heater lower your gas bill? The answer to that is it depends. It depends on many things. Will you be using the Amish heater to heat your entire home? If so, then the assumption is that you will be turning off your gas furnace to use the Amish heater and in this case, yes the Amish heater will lower your gas bill. If you are leaving your furnace on to heat the rest of your house and are only trying to heat one room in your house then there is the possibility that your gas bill will be lower because of this. But are you just transferring the cost of your gas bill to your electric bill with an Amish heater? Our next question answers that.
Will an Amish heater lower your power bill? The short answer is probably not. Most likely your power bill will go up if you are trying to heat your entire home with an Amish heater. With natural gas prices where they are now it is cheaper to heat with gas than it is with electricity. So if you are trying to save on gas by purchasing an Amish heater thinking that you will be spending less overall, think again. Even if you have an electric furnace or a heat pump you will most likely not lower your power bills with an Amish heater. The reason is that it is basically a space heater with an electric fireplace attached.
How can you save on your power bill with an Amish heater? It can be done but you must be careful and note how long it runs each day. You will need to heat only the room that you are in and close the door in that room while you are in there. You will need to make sure that you use the thermostat on the unit to keep the room at a constant temperature.