What is the cheapest heater to run? We take a look at the options

Woman warming hands near electric heater at home
A small portable desktop fan heater is useful for heating a small space (Image credit: Getty Images)

Knowing which is the cheapest heater to run in your home is fast becoming a necessity before investing in one – with electricity bills rocketing up each winter, it is well worth doing the research beforehand.

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action recently revealed 6.5 million UK households will be in fuel poverty – a rise of two million from two years ago after Ofgem’s price cap change in January. Households are even ‘self-disconnecting’ and going without any energy in their home, going to bed early to save on heating and lighting, and some are even using ovens instead of central heating to stay warm (not something we recommend!).

Amy Reeves
Amy Reeves

Amy is Homebuilding & Renovating's former assistant editor. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas and has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.