Month: January 2015

Developers LOVE our electric heating systems

This month EHE specified electric heating for a number of new housing developments. With low costs, easy installation, and compliance with building regs, we have the perfect heating solution for developers.

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We can use plans to specify electric heating systems

We've seen a big increase in electric heating requirements from developers this year. Our electric radiators have been specified for a number of major projects.

If you're a developer, we can work from your scale drawings and have most specifications completed within 48 hours.

Recent projects have included 25 new-build apartments in Chester which are now heated with Vantage Radiators, and a new leased office complex in Nottingham comprising of 30 suites. We've also supplied heating for the refurbishment of a listed building in London, which has been converted into 65 luxury apartments.

In most cases, our electric heating systems are chosen by developers in favour of gas-fired wet systems because they are easier to install, and they cost less. There are also considerable benefits to the end user.

The installation of gas boilers and the associated pipework is expensive and disruptive. Installing boilers in upper-floor properties is problematic, and building regulations now dictate that gas flues must not be fully concealed within voids. Much of the time it's not possible to meet the requirements of these regulations - especially when installing in older buildings.

Electric heating is not only a commercially viable option. It makes sense on a number of levels. Homeowners benefit from a fully controllable, and 100% efficient heating system that can be programmed around their lifestyle. The reliability is exceptional, and the lifespan of our electric heating systems is far longer than that of any boiler (our systems are backed by 30-year warranties).

From an environmental viewpoint, the future for electric heating is bright. The Energy Saving Trust reported that the ongoing commitment to reduce the carbon produced by power stations in the UK, electric heating will achieve an emmisions rating equal to an A-rated gas boiler by 2020.

The case for installing electric heating instead of boiler-fired central heating continues to strengthen.

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Electric heating bills higher if your supplier is one of the “Big six”

As the wholesale price of electricity has fallen lately, you’d think that your electric heating bills would too. The wholesale price drop should save you at least £140 a year. Unfortunately, if your supplier is one of the larger companies, it’s likely that they have pocketed the cash instead.

final demandWe’ve always advised our customers to use online comparison websites to ensure that they get the best deal on their home energy. Getting the right tariff is vital if you want to reduce your electric heating costs. In our experience, it’s always the smaller independent suppliers that provide the lowest prices.

Energy suppliers buy the electricity that you use from the wholesale market. The market is made up of suppliers, generators, traders and customers trading on the competitive market. Unfortunately, once acquired at the lowest price seen in years, the big six energy companies continue to charge you full-rate.

“If the price falls were passed on, customers would see bills fall by at least £140 a year”

The big six energy companies keep their prices high. It’s been said for years that they work as a cartel – agreeing between them to keep the prices high in order to maximise profits. Smaller UK-based energy suppliers have demonstrated a much more competitive approach, and whilst not all of them have jumped at the chance to pass on savings from their wholesale buy prices, they have at least entered the market with lower prices from the off, and some are now offering further reductions.

In an article published recently by The Guardian,’s Joe Malinowski said if the price falls were passed on, customers would see bills fall by at least £140 a year.

He added that he had never seen such large savings available to those prepared to ditch their big six supplier, and that those on standard tariffs could save as much as £320 a year by shopping around. The combination of the big firms' refusal to cut standard bills and a host of great offers from small players has resulted in the largest price disparity since switching began.

At we hear about the best and worst energy deals from our customers every day. If you’d like some friendly, impartial advice on how you could make savings on your electric heating bill, we will be happy to help.

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