The ads have been going around about an Amish Miracle Heater. It claims it will save you tons of money. It claims to use less electricity than a coffee pot. Today, I will be looking at those claims.
First of all it is a 1500watt heater. Therefore, it uses 1500 watts of electricity. 1 kw of electricity is about $.08. So, 1.5kw x .08kwh = $0.12 an hour to operate.
$0.12 x 24 hours x 30 days = $86.40 per month to heat one room. The heater costs anywhere from $250 to $550. My house has 9 rooms (not including the garage/basement) so that would be $86.40 x 9 = $777.60 per month (plus the initial cost of the heater).
Currently, I use an average of 3.5 gallons of fuel oil a day at about $3 a gallon. So, 3.5 x 30 x 3 = $315 a month to heat my entire house. This is still a lot of money and I plan on looking into a Pellet stove this summer.
Secondly, does it use less electricity than a coffee pot? An average coffee pot uses about 900watts for the few minutes it is brewing. If the miracle heater is on the low setting then only 750 watts of electricity are being used. Therefore, they are correct, the heater uses less electricity than a coffee for the same time period.
This electric heater is really no different than any other electric heater. I have a $70 Vornado heater that seems to heat a room very well. If you are looking to simply provide heat for a room you are in, almost any electric heater will work.
Don’t be fooled by the ads, run the numbers for yourself.