T Beek, I agree with you, it is preferable not to resort to electric heat for a number of reasons; including safety of the bee keeper. If you still have lots of bees in a well insulated or poly hive by this time of year, then they do work great and I would do nothing. Such hives should be booming by mid April without any help from the bee keeper.
IMO, a problem arises if you’ve lost a lot of bees in a hive by this time of year. Those lost bees are lost heat inside the hive. If you have a well insulated box with a lot of cold stuff inside (say ice or frozen honey) and a very small heat source (too few bees), that’s what I call a freezer.
At least with a wood hive, the warmth of the spring sun will really start to warm up the frozen honey. In a well insulated poly hive, the only way that honey gets warmed up is by sucking the energy out of the bees.
I’m only using electric heat in a couple of weak hives. I’m not messing with the rest.