Some residents have been asking what it costs to run a fireplace for an hour.
Well, here goes:
First, you need to be aware that natural gas is sold in gigajoules (GJ)
1 GJ = 947,817 BTU
The fireplaces are rated between 18000 and 22500 BTU/hr
Let’s say on average, they are 21000 BTU/hr. Here’s the math:
21,000 divided by 947,817 = 0.022156
Therefore, one hour of the fireplace burning = 0.022156 GJ
The cost of a GJ of natural gas in January 2010 is $14.00 after all costs
So, 0.022156 X $14.00 = $0.31 per hour
Now, if you run your fireplace 24 hours a day, that would be $7.44 per day. If you did that for the whole week, you’re up to $52.08
Now that you’ve got that math lesson over with, please do not run your gas when you are not at home or through the night.
Even running it just 8 hours a day costs $75.00 per month.
The monthly fee for gas fireplaces is going to rise, no question, but the end users have the ability to control that rise to a certain degree. We are also looking at various options, including a proposed shut off of gas supply to fireplaces beginning May 1 each year through October 31.