How Much Does It Cost To Run A 1500-Watt Heater?

We have a theory: For most homeowners, the approach to temperature control might stem from the logic, "since we can't control the blizzards or heatwaves, or heavy thunderstorms, why not control the weather in the house?" We mean, what good is a shelter when you're still exposed to the mercy of nature? We'll bet an arm and a leg that's why we have ceiling fans and air conditioning — and, on the other end of the spectrum, a heater. Contrary to the opinions of those in warm climates, a heater is not only important for your own comfort; in the frigid cold, it helps your pipes remain unfrozen and keeps your faucets functioning. Well, if you get the right ones, of course.

There are a plethora of efficient options to heat your home, but before making your pick, you have to consider costs, space, and of course energy usage. For example, a portable space heater is your best bet when it comes to keeping your little room warm or used for an insulated space, says the U.S. Department of Energy. However, when it comes to fairly large rooms, sitting rooms, or office spaces, on average a 1500-watt heater — which runs at a price of $1.20 daily, according to  Experts Home Report – is your best bet.

Determining the 1500-watt heater running cost

According to Electronics Hub, the cost of running your 1500-watt space heater depends on four factors: heat settings, state electricity prices, electrical power of the heater, and its running time. The electrical power of your space heater is the amount of electricity it uses to efficiently produce the heat in your space, and this is 1500 watts. Some space heaters calculate their output in British Thermal Units (BTUs) and this can be easily converted to watts by using 1 BTU = 0.293 watts.  

Knowing your state electricity's price is very important as it can vary. However, the common price for an average U.S. apartment is $10.59 per kilowatt hour. You should remember that this is subject to change based on other appliances in your home and state laws. In addition, you have to know the heat settings. Most 1500-watt space heaters have three major settings: low, medium, and high, writes Inspire Clean Energy. From the low to a high level, the amount of wattage consumed is 40%, 70%, and 100% respectively. So, if you operate your heater on a low level, the calculation will be 1,500 x 40% = 600 watts per hour. 

The last determinant is the running time. You have to know that the more you run your heater, the bigger your bill will be. That's why it's recommended to conservatively use your space heater for a smaller cost. With all these figures, you can determine the price using a calculator.

Additional money-saving tips

In addition to using your space heater, some other tips can help retain the warmth in your room. One of the best ways to achieve this for your space is by laying rugs on the floor, says Sydney Rugs Online. This will come in handy especially if you live in a cooler state like North Dakota where you will use a space heater more often. Interestingly, the cost may be little when calculated daily, but it eventually can pile up into a huge sum. So, to effectively reduce the amount of time you run your space heater, try rugs. Although carpeting is often considered outdated with a preference for fancier floor types like tile and wood, it keeps your feet warm and absorbs the cold from the bare floor. 

Have you considered changing your curtains to the insulated kind? These are made from heavy materials with an insulated coat to seal out the chill during cold seasons. One of the numerous benefits of using insulated or blackout curtains is the extra warmth it gives a room. Not to worry, these are a very beautiful addition to your space, and are affordable and durable as well. 

In addition, you can choose to run your 1500-watt space heater on a low level for a long time, says Appliance Analysts. Imagine having insulated curtains and rugs, and then running your heater; the warmth will last longer and help you maximize the appliance well.