In this article we take a look at how buying an energy efficient electric radiator can save you money
There’s no getting around the fact that right now, electricity is more expensive per unit than gas. However, this won’t always be the case.
Meanwhile, don’t let that put you off switching to an electric home heating system. Because, buying an electric radiator can save you money from the very start.
To start with, it’s cheaper to install an electric radiator, or even several of them, than a whole new central heating system.
If you need a new central heating system, it means getting a replacement boiler starting at a cost of £500-£1500 depending on the type and model. Indeed, that’s just for the boiler.
Then, there is the installation by a gas expert which raises the price to anything from £3000 – £4000 on average for a three bed house. Moreover, that price depends on who you choose and where you live.
On top of this, you may be replacing a different style of boiler. For instance, if you are getting rid of a big conventional boiler with a water cylinder, and replacing it with a smaller combi boiler, then you may need some infrastructure removed as well. The costs can soon add up.
Whereas electric heating is significantly cheaper to install. There are no pipes, no flooring to lift, no extra installations to add. In fact, you can buy an electric radiator, bring it home and plug it into the mains electricity supply yourself, with no wiring necessary.
Hence you can heat your room straight away. It’s worth noting here that some electric heaters must be hardwired directly into a socket by an electrician, depending on the style and model you buy.
A stand alone electric radiator starts from as little as £170. So even if you have 8 rooms in your house to heat, including bathroom, dining, lounge, hallway and kitchen, you could spend a minimum of £1360 to heat your entire house without any expert help.
There are many different types of electric radiators and for the purpose of this article, the focus will be on the Harmony range of Electric radiators from Climastar. However, there are other options, including;
You may already have a portable electric heater. Usually, it’s not the main source of heating, but an additional source which is convenient.
Being able to move a portable source of heat around the house means you can put it where you need it the most. Then, you could set the rest of the home to a lower temperature.
Even dropping your home heating by 1˚ could save you up to £80 a year in heating costs and also save on energy emissions. This is worth considering if you don’t want to completely switch to an electric heating system.
A small portable heater can start from £25.
A radiant electric panel or convection heater heats the air circulating within an enclosed area. That’s convection heating. Typically, hot elements push out hot air that later circulates around the room.
Panel heaters are more likely to be at the budget end of the electric heating spectrum. An electric wall mounted panel heater can start from around £70.
Whereas an electric radiator radiates heat stored within a heat retaining element, usually thermal fluid or ceramic. It uses radiation directly, a bit like the sun, moving from the heat source to the object directly.
Heating by radiation effectively cuts out the middle man, which in turn means there is less chance of losing energy.
Hence a convection heater needs more power to effectively heat a room, than an energy efficient electric radiator.
A slimline electric radiator starts from £140 up to a German electric radiator which begins at £415.
If you are looking at changing your entire house to electric heating, then have a look at the products within the Harmony range from Climastar. Each one also works as a separate heater if you’re considering a hybrid heating system.
Electric radiators within the Harmony range from Climastar use a mix of both convection and radiant heating.
Each product is made using Magma Stone, which is manufactured using Aluminium and Silicon. By using Magma Stone, the Harmony electric radiators are excellent for both heat storage and heat transfer into the room.
Therefore, the room temperature stays stable, which reduces energy consumption.
With a Harmony heater, there is much less chance of wasting any energy at all. Every KiloWatt of heat produced is passed into the room.
Therefore, you know that your room is warm and you are saving money at the same time. A Harmony heater is an investment which can save you money in the longer term.
One of the main benefits of electric heating is that you can control each radiator independently. Therefore you can turn the heating on in one room, but it’s low or off in the rest of the house.
Hence if you are working from home in the daytime, you can have the radiator on in the study if needed. But it doesn’t have to be on in the bedrooms or the living room all day.
Or, you can set the controls at bedtime, so that the heating doesn’t come on in the study or the downstairs area unless you need it to. Thus you have more control over your home heating.
Whereas with gas central heating, once the heating is on, it’s on! The whole house warms up. This means you are heating empty rooms for no benefit. Therefore you are wasting energy and building up heating bills that can easily be reduced.
Having more control over your heating can result in major savings on your bills.
Buying an electric radiator can also save you money because of its efficiency and the way it works.
Take a traditional central heating radiator for example. Basically, the gas boiler heats water up, which then travels through pipes to each radiator in your house.
So clearly, if the boiler is downstairs in a utility room, then the water has to travel some distance to make it to the upstairs bathroom and so on.
On this journey, there could be a large amount of heat loss. Either through the pipes themselves, due to the energy required to heat the water, or from the design of the radiator. Especially if it is an old and inefficient radiator.
However, an electric radiator doesn’t need pipework. And it’s not dependent on a central boiler system to function. Hence almost 100% of electrical energy is converted into heat.
Therefore you can use your electric radiators for less time and still achieve excellent warmth in the room. Meanwhile, you will also be cutting down on your heating bills.
Because electric radiators are more efficient, it means you can run them for less time than a traditional radiator.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the standard rate for electricity on average is 16.36 pence per kilowatt hour. With on peak economy 7, this goes up to 20.03 pence and with off peak Economy 7, it falls to 9.76 pence.
There is also a ‘green’ tariff if you are looking for eco friendly energy. These tariffs are usually more expensive, but help to reduce your carbon footprint.
Basically, there is a wide range in what you pay for your electricity. It can fall to as low as 12.376 pence depending on your energy supplier.
Another factor is the size of the space that needs heating. This will make a difference to which size of radiator you choose. You will need an electric radiator with a higher output for a bigger space.
Your energy bills will vary according to a variety of factors. A higher unit rate will mean higher energy bills, depending on how much energy you use.
It also depends on where you live in the UK.
Notably, energy rates are always changing. As gas is a fossil fuel, it’s worth bearing in mind that supplies will run low eventually and this will affect the energy price.
Whereas, the more demand there is for electricity, the more the price will fall. Already, the average cost of electricity per kilowatt hour in the UK is lower in 2020 than it was in 2019.
With this in mind, a number of UK energy suppliers are starting to provide renewable electricity from sources such as wind farms. Hence energy rates could change significantly in the future.
If you want the cheapest option, this is usually a ‘fixed’ or ‘capped’ offer. You will sign a contract for a fixed amount of time.
It means the cost of your energy won’t go up or down for that set period, so your bills only change if you use more or less energy.
You may have to pay a fee if you want to switch suppliers before the time is up.
If you’re planning on moving, you can get a ‘standard’ or ‘variable’ tariff. This is ideal if you don’t want to be tied to a contract for period of time.
Also, you can switch to a different tariff or supplier at any point without being charged a fee for leaving. However, it usually means this deal is more expensive than a fixed option.
There is a ‘multi rate’ or ‘economy’ tariff. Basically, this means you pay less for energy you use overnight and more during the day.
Realistically, you only benefit from an economy tariff if you deliberately use a lot of energy at night. Maybe you work nights, or charge up electric storage heaters during the night.
However, for most people, an economy tariff for electricity won’t save you money.
Ultimately, electricity when generated by renewable energy sources is a cleaner fuel solution than gas. By using a gas central heating system, you are burning a fossil fuel to heat your home.
Fossil fuels generate carbon dioxide, a harmful emission, when burning. The carbon dioxide then sits in the atmosphere, holding on to heat which causes the earth’s temperature to rise.
Notably, in the UK, the government has banned the installation of gas appliances in all new build properties from 2025. The UK is also legally bound to have net zero carbon emission by 2050.
Therefore, it’s only a matter of time before more restrictions are put in place to reduce our use of fossil fuels.
Hence you can get ahead by future proofing your home with electric heating now. Not only can you save money with energy efficient electric radiators, you can also play a part in reducing emissions and saving the planet.
Climastar UK is a company which has been heating homes for over a quarter of a century. They are pioneers in the creation of modern and efficient electric heating systems.
If you buy an electric radiator from Climastar, you can reduce your energy consumption by quickly heating rooms and only using energy when you need it.
Therefore, you can save money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
The Harmony range from Climastar is exclusive to the UK and the Magma silicon batteries inside each heater carry a lifetime guarantee.
Each thermostat is wireless with Wifi connectivity, so you can control your heating from wherever you are.
Climastar offers a free home survey so that you can begin to see how electric radiators could work in your home.
Contact Climastar today at http://climastar.co.uk