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Reducing your Gas Bill with a High Efficiency Gas Fireplace

Posted on: 1st July 2016

Running an energy efficient household will not only improve your green credentials in these climate conscious times, but can also save you a great deal of money. As such, more and more homeowners are choosing to replace their existing gas fireplace with a highly efficient model which can instantly generate large amounts of heat.

Investing in a high efficiency gas fire or stove will go a long way to reducing your energy bills, particularly during the cold winter months when your fireplace will be in regular use. Here, we will explain how you can lower your monthly energy outgoings by choosing the perfect high efficiency fireplace, so you can create more heat in your home for less money.

Why should I choose a highly efficient gas fire?

Homeowners purchasing a new high efficiency gas fire may choose to do so for several reasons. These include:

  • Improving energy efficiency in their household
  • Lowering the running costs of their fireplace
  • Reducing carbon dioxide emissions

Having a modern gas fireplace installed in your home prevents you from having to turn on your entire central heating system when you want to quickly heat a single room. This means that less energy is consumed which, in turn, lowers the cost of your energy bills.

It’s also worth noting that choosing an energy efficient fireplace doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Certain modern gas fires feature a realistic flame effect which instantly creates the look of a real fire for a welcoming, warm glow, without the high carbon emissions and running costs.

How do high efficiency gas fireplaces operate?

When the fire is burning in an older open flame gas fireplace, almost all of the heat which is generated is drawn up through the chimney and lost into the outdoor atmosphere.

In order to create as much heat in the room as possible, the gas fire would need to be high powered, which typically leads to high running costs and increased energy bills. As such, the fireplace is only burning a small portion of the amount of gas paid for, meaning there is little return on the investment.

The innovative design of modern high efficiency gas fires ensures high performance and impressive energy savings. For example, as a glass-fronted, room sealed appliance, the entire combustion process occurs inside an enclosed chamber, meaning no fuel is wasted during operation.

When it comes to choosing a particular model, balanced flue gas fires operate by drawing all of the air for combustion from the exterior of the building, where it also disposes of any waste gases using a concentric flue. Alternatively, a high efficiency conventional flue gas fire is directly connected to the inner cavity of a chimney, and uses air from both inside the room and the chimney to create a high heat output.

How much can I save with a high efficiency gas fireplace?

Replacing your old gas fire with a modern high efficiency model can save you a great deal of money on your gas bills, as well as providing a higher heat output for you and your family to enjoy.

The following table shows how much money you are losing with your current fireplace based on its efficiency rating and a gas price of 5p per Kilowatt kW. If your gas is priced differently to this, you can use our energy efficiency calculator to find out the exact amount of money you are losing per hour with your existing fireplace.

You should bear in mind that if you are unsure about the efficiency rating of your fireplace, you must consult the manufacturer’s product manual.

Efficiency rating from fireplace Heat output from fireplace Heat that comes into the room Heat lost Money lost (per hour)
100% 5kW 5kW 0kW 0p
90% 5kW 4.5kW 0.5kW 2.5p
80% 5kW 4.0kW 1kW 5p
70% 5kW 3.5kW 1.5kW 7.5p
60% 5kW 3kW 2kW 10p
50% 5kW 2.5kW 2.5kW 12.5p
40% 5kW 2kW 3kW 15p
30% 5kW 1.5kW 3.5kW 17.5p
20% 5kW 1kW 4kW 20p
10% 5kW 0.5kW 4.5kW 22.5p


Rotherham Fireplace Centre

As one of the premier suppliers of gas fires throughout the South Yorkshire region, here at Rotherham Fireplace Centre we supply and install a comprehensive range of high efficiency gas fires to suit any application, including:

  • Inset gas fires
  • Outset gas fires
  • Hole in the wall gas fires

From the initial consultation through to the installation and after care, we can facilitate all aspects of the project for a service which is second-to-none. Delivering on both functionality and style, we can find the perfect fireplace most suited to your needs.

We have over 30 years’ industry experience and are Gas Safe registered, promising the highest quality services and products. For further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today.


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