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What is Cheaper to Run, Gas or Electric Patio Heaters?

In order to achieve the EU’s objective of climate neutrality by 2050, it is essential that businesses and members of the public do their part to phase out the use of fossil fuels for heating and cooling purposes.

‘The EU aims to be climate-neutral by 2050 – an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.’

By switching from gas to electric heating, you can actively play a role in reducing the amount of harmful carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.


Switch to Electric Outdoor Heating

If you are keen to keep costs and CO2 emissions down, yet still maintain a warm outdoor environment, then Electric Outdoor Heaters are the choice for you.

The ATC Technical Team have analysed the cost of using gas versus electric outdoor heaters over an annual period, and the results are in.


Major Cost Savings*

There are immense savings to be had by switching from Gas to Electric Outdoor Heating.

Below we highlight the weekly cost savings that can be made from the ATC range of Electric Outdoor Heaters.

Choose from the Alfresco PortableAlfresco MountedRiviera, or Sienna Electric Outdoor Heaters.


A Sustainable Choice

Gas Patio Heaters produce a whopping 5,802kg of carbon dioxide emissions*, which contributes towards the warming of the planet and ultimately advances the effects of climate change.

According to NASA, ‘human activities have raised the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content by 50% in less than 200 years’.

By swapping out your gas patio heater for an electric one, you can dramatically reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.

There are three ATC Electric Outdoor Heaters to choose from, and each produces a different level of CO2 emissions:


  1. The Alfresco Annual CO2 Output: 749kg

          Reduced emissions by 87%


  1. The Riviera Annual CO2 Output: 833kg

          Reduced emissions by 86%


  1. The Sienna Annual CO2 Output: 1665kg

          Reduced emissions by 71%


A Changing European Landscape

While gas patio heaters have become a staple in the average garden or outdoor dining area over the years, the gas outdoor heater is now becoming a costly burden for households and hospitality settings.

As a result of the European gas crisis, which was triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, prices of the fossil fuel surged and many people were, and still are, facing harsh winter conditions due to the sheer cost of heating their homes and businesses.

Prior to this, fossil fuels had risen significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic due to disrupted supply chains and high demand.



What will you do with your savings?

For further information on how you can save, get in touch with your local Area Sales Manager or email


*Calculations are made based on heaters operating at 7 days @ 6 hours per day, 42 weeks per year. Figures are correct as of November 2022. Calculations made based on 1.8kW Alfresco / 2kW Riviera / 4kW Sienna heaters at energy cost of €0.43 / kW. Gas heaters burning 1.1kg gas / hour, with price of 11kg bottle @ €35.
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