As you've learned from our featured articles, modern flame technology allows you to have a freestanding or wall mount electric fireplace in your apartment, condo or home to enjoy the feel of a real fire without the associated risks. An electric fireplace also costs less to use than other heat sources. Combining the supplemental heat from an electric fireplace with good insulation and weather stripping will save you a significant amount of money this winter as you heat your home.

There are plenty of ways you can save the environment and your bank account with simple, do-it-yourself projects and supplemental heating tips. An electric fireplace is an excellent source of supplemental heat without the mess, fire threat, or inconvenience that traditional fireplaces typically have. To help save the environment and get the most of your fireplace, check out some of our quick and easy energy saving tips.

Use Your Thermostat Wisely

Using your household thermostat is where money and energy savings go hand in hand. Instead of heating your entire house, you can reduce your energy bill by at least 10 percent simply by reducing the temperature to the minimum for comfort while you are home and then lowering it when no one is home or while everyone is asleep.

You can also save money and energy while maintaining your comfort level with the use of supplemental heat. Supplemental heat sources via electric fireplaces are available in numerous styles and attractive designs and can be used in any size home or office. An electric fireplace, roll away fireplace or wall mount electric fireplace can go a long way to keep occupied rooms toasty warm while unoccupied rooms are allowed to remain cooler. This use of electric fireplaces to heat only the rooms you use, is called zone heating.

Weather-Proofing Your Home

Heating and cooling your home accounts for approximately 56 percent of the average American’s annual energy consumption. But don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your energy bill. First, look at the insulation found in any areas that could have potential leaks or inadequate insulation like an attic, basement, walls and crawl space. Air leaks around pipes, windows, and doors can easily be eliminated with weather stripping and expanding foam from a spray can.

Second, take advantage of the heat produced by the sun. Leaving your south facing curtains and drapes open during the day will allow your walls, floors and furnishings to absorb the sun's heat, which is then released into the room as the temperature drops. In the same way, keeping your drapes closed when the sun is not visible will help to create an insulating layer to keep your home cool and comfortable.

Make the right choice

While wood fireplaces provide heat and ambiance, they can also create messes in the form of ash, wood storage issues, fire risks and air pollution. Meanwhile, gas fireplaces can be troublesome. Without factoring in the work effort or flue and chimney maintenance, the average cost of operating a wood fireplace depends largely on the current price of wood. Gas fireplaces are slightly more convenient, but still require a pilot light and venting maintenance.

Modern flame technology allows you to enjoy the look and feel of a real fire without all of the associated problems. Your electric fireplace logs and ember bed look like the real thing and you don’t have to worry about a potential house fire, invading bugs or cleaning. In addition, electric fireplaces provide realistic looking, patented flame technology for about 3¢ per hour without heat and flame with heat for around 8-12¢ an hour.

It’s simple, really: an electric fireplace provides the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost. Using supplemental heat devices such as a wall mount electric fireplace or freestanding electric stove fireplaces allow you to eliminate the fire risk and the air pollution while still enjoying a warm, cozy home and the aesthetic ambiance of a fire.