Consumption costs of terrace heating
WHAT DOES IT COST TO HEAT YOUR TERRACE?
It is fairly easy to calculate what a patio heater consumes. This depends, of course, on the type of terrace theater, whether you use electricity or gas and what kind of contract you have with your energy supplier. In this example we take a fictitious price for electricity of € 0.22 per kWh. Look for the current prices of your energy supplier, however, on their website.
EXAMPLE CALCULATION ELECTRIC TERRACE HEATING
Suppose having a terrace of 12 m² at home (about 3.5 x 3.5 meters). In order to ideally heat this terrace you could, for example, place 2 Solamagic 1400 patio heaters.
A Solamagic 1400 consumes 1.4 kilowatts per hour. So two pieces will consume 2.8 kWh per hour. As mentioned above, 1 kWh costs 0.22 cents. This therefore amounts to: 2.8 x € 0.22 = € 0.62 per hour.
CONSUMPTION COSTS OF OTHER TERRACE HEATERS
This is just one example, but of course every situation is different. The table below shows the consumption and the hourly costs of a few of our patio heaters. This allows you to calculate what terrace heating will cost in your situation on the basis of € 0.22 per kWh.
||Consumption per hour||Energy costs per hour|
|Eurom Golden 1300||1.3 kWh||€ 0,29|
|Solamagic 2000||2 kWh||€ 0,44|
|Outtrade HWM2400||2.4 kWh||€ 0,53|
|Eurom Golden 2500||2.5 kWh||€ 0,55|
For a catering entrepreneur the kWh costs are probably a lot lower because this extra energy consumption probably falls into a more favorable scale with regard to the energy tax.
CONSUMPTION COSTS NATURAL GAS
Suppose: 1 kWh is approximately equal to the energy that 0.15 m³ of natural gas produces.
0.15 m³ of gas costs about 0.15 x € 0.95 = € 0.14. It follows that gas is cheaper than electricity if we ignore the fact that the efficiency of electrical appliances can only be three. In other words: if a gas-fired patio heater has to give as much infrared heat as an electric heater, it consumes three times as much energy.