FIND OUT WHICH ENERGY TARIFF IS BEST FOR MODERN ELECTRIC HEATERS
Old outdated electric heaters were powered using wasteful economy 7 tariffs. These energy tariffs restricted the user from controlling their heating and also lifted the price of electricity on all other electrical appliances during the day. Modern electric heaters, on the other hand can run on a flat rate tariff which improves control and standardises costs per unit to one rate at all times.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT ENERGY TARIFF FOR YOUR MODERN ELECTRIC HEATERS
Old electric heaters needed economy 7 tariffs because of the way they run. As Night storage heaters work by storing an extended amount of heat for a prolonged period throughout the night, cheap rates during the night was the only way of keeping running costs manageable. This is because old electric heating run on a high amount of electricity… around 3.5kW per hour.
Modern Electric heaters, however, only consume when heat is needed. This makes the system far more efficient, and can help towards savings. The reason new electric heating systems can run on a flat rate is because they only require a low input (around 1.9kw) and because they are temperature controlled, meaning the heater only clicks onto the electricity when the temperature lowers below what is set.
Whilst modern electric heaters are compatible with economy 7, and therefore can be used in a home that still uses economy 7 heating, they run best off of a flat rate. Using modern electric heaters on a flat rate means you can set a heating program to your daytime needs. Using modern heating on economy 7 will restrict you from using the heaters frequently during the day (assuming you do not want to over spend on heating).
Different types of modern electric heaters may work more efficiently on a flat rate than others. Fischer for example, only consumes for 15 minutes out of an our. So you’re getting 45 minutes of heat for a small amount of energy consumption. Ekorad, however consumes from the minute it is active. Ekorad heaters do not have a storage capacity. Therefore an hours heat requires and hours worth of consumption. Therefore modern electric storage heaters do work better than electric heating without a storage capacity. Nevertheless, Ekorad is still a better option than night storage heaters because you get control and the ability to produce and distribute heat when you want.
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