Month: October 2017

Turning Electricity into Heat – The Efficiency Game

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When it comes to energy usage at home, it’s all about efficiency.

The more efficient you are with your energy use, the less money you have to shell out for bills every month. The problem is that not many of us know how to significantly improve the efficiency of our homes energy usage. Sure, you can hand wash dishes instead of running the dishwasher and make sure you turn the lights off when you aren’t in the room, but how much difference does that really make? But if you look at your bills (particularly at this time of year), you will notice that heating takes up a pretty hefty chunk of what you’re paying for.

If you’re on gas and water heating systems, there’s one way you can make a real change to your efficiency – switch to electric heating.

Electrical To Thermal Energy

Electricity and heat are both, at their heart, forms of energy. The entire world around us is made up of different kinds of energy, some of which can be converted from one form to another. At its core, electrical energy is a form of energy that occurs as a result of either stored or moving or charged particles. When the energy is stored it’s called electric potential energy, and when it’s moving in an electrical current it is a form of kinetic energy. Thermal energy, on the other hand, is an energy that results from moving atoms or molecules, resulting in heat. The faster the atoms or molecules move, the more heat or thermal energy they have.

So how do you convert one type of energy to another?

In this case, it’s all about resistance. When resistance builds up in an electrical system, the molecules will travel and vibrate faster, producing thermal energy. This is usually done by using coils within an exterior casing. It’s why there’s a coil at the bottom of the kettle.

What Has That Got To Do With Heating?

The reason we mention this is because converting electrical to thermal energy is at the heart of what electric radiators are all about, and it’s what makes them more energy efficient than water heated radiators. In a standard water radiator, the heat comes from hot water, which is being pumped through the pipes inside the radiator and flowing out. This means that the water needs to be heated at its central source (the boiler, for example) and then pushed out to each radiator. It’s why this kind of heating can take a while to ‘warm up’ – because the water has to heat and then get there at the same heat. But with electric radiators, there are no water pipes and no central heating unit. It simply draws an electrical current directly from your mains power supply and using a set of coils, converts that energy into thermal energy that can radiate out and produce heat. This means there is no energy wasted in heating and moving water around, and your radiators will heat up much quicker, so you actually end up running the heating for less time.

At Electric Heating Expert, we specialise in helping you turn electricity into heat for your home in the most efficient way possible. Our range of electric radiators are the perfect way to cut your heating bills in half this winter, while still keeping your home toasty and warm. And because we understand that everyone is different, we carry a wide range of styles and looks to suit every room. Want to find out more? Just get in touch with us today for your free, no-obligation consultation and quote.

The Benefits Of Renewable Energy

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Eco-friendly seems to be the word of the day at the moment

More people are opting for environmentally friendly, renewable options in their everyday life. But one of the areas many people are still not aware of is the impact running your home is having on the environment – and your wallet. By using traditional gas or combination methods to heat and power your home, you are still using up dwindling fossil fuels.

So this winter, why not heat your home the renewable way? 

How Does Renewable Energy Work?

Renewable energy is, essentially, any form of energy generated from natural and renewable energy sources, with the aim of having less of an impact on the environment than traditional fossil fuels. The most common forms of renewable energy tend to be solar, wind and hydroelectric (water) power. For the home user, solar power is the only feasible way to harvest natural energy and turn it into power for your home through the use of solar panels.

Simply put, solar panels work by allowing photons (or particles or light), to knock electrons free form their atoms, generating a flow of electricity. This process happens on a massive scale within the photovoltaic cells, which make up the solar panel. Once the flow of electricity has been generated, the metal conductive plates on the sides of the cell collect the electrons and transfer them to the wires, creating useable power. This can be wired to run directly into your home, or into storage batteries. To find out more about the nitty-gritty science behind solar panels, check out this article by Live Science.

How Much Does It Cost?

Powering your home with solar power has many cost benefits. For a start, you can dramatically cut down on your electricity bills by using the power you have generated yourself. You will only need to use power directly from the grid if your solar power has been depleted. Even better, if you are producing more electricity than you need to use, you can sell the electricity back to the grid for a profit. The UK government currently has a ‘feed-in’ tariff that allows you to earn up to £8,080 a year for selling electricity back to the grid. So if you are clever about when you use your high-power utilities, you can easily power your home using solar energy without giving a penny to the grid, and even earning money from them.

But, the first thing you need to do is get the solar panels installed, and that’s where the majority of the cost comes in. The average family home needs a solar PV panel that provides 3kW of electricity to be viable. In the UK, that will cost between £4,000 and £6,000 and cover 21 square metres of roof space. While this is around 70% cheaper than solar panels were when they first hit the market, it’s still a pretty significant investment. But because it’s a positive step for the environment, many local councils are offering grants or bursary schemes to help you afford the installation costs.

Heating Your Home With Solar Power

While it’s true that the UK isn’t exactly bathed in sunshine, solar power has the capacity to power everything you need in your home. But in most homes, many things aren’t powered by electricity. Heating, for example, is still predominantly gas based in the UK, meaning you are burning fossil fuels and spending a lot of money to heat your home. But with an electric heating system, based on electric radiators, you can use some of that wonderful, clean and renewable energy to heat your home as well. Electric radiators are wired directly into the mains electricity in your home and will draw from your electricity supply when used. There will be no difference between the power generated by solar panels and that provided by the grid – the quality and power are still the same. And if you are utilising solar batteries to store your excess, you can be sure that your home will stay warm, even in the deepest winter power cut.

So there you have it. Electric radiators are the perfect way to reduced your carbon footprint while saving money. If you already have solar panels installed on your home, but are still running gas heating, now is the time to look at switching to a more energy efficient heating solution. At Electric Heating Experts, we provide a wide range of electric heating options, including slimline, economy and stylised radiators to suit any home. For more information on how to make your home eco-friendly, get in touch with us today.