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Electric vs. Gas Radiators

thermostat with piggy bank on radiatorAre you struggling to solve the debate between which is better – Gas or electric? Today our Electric Heating Experts based in Fleet are going to help you finally decide which the most suitable option for you is.

Naturally, we are pro electric as it is proven to be cheaper, offers easier installation, doesn’t require access to a chimney and is great at heating up smaller spaces such as a home study or bedroom.

However, it isn’t as simple as saying that one option is better. There are many factors that will determine which is more economical, efficient and cost-effective for you. So, before you commit to an electric radiator, here are some things to think about prior to making an investment.

Maintenance Costs

As mentioned earlier, gas radiators can be significantly cheaper to run and are particularly good at heating up larger open spaces. However, the initial costs and installation process can be more troublesome. Some things to consider include:

• Boiler Installation can cost in the region of £2,500 to £3,000 on average depending on where you are based in the UK.
• Boilers and gas central heating will require checks on a periodic basis.

Flexibility

• Electric radiators can be switched off and offer greater flexibility.
• Electric heaters have cheaper installation costs associated with them and can be purchased from the Electrical Heating Experts from as little as £276.00.
• Devices can be installed within minutes.
• No pipes to worry about meaning our radiators can be located in most areas of the house.
• Our EHE radiators are more energy efficient than standard storage heaters.
• A great option if you don’t have access to a chimney.

Insulation

• The running costs of your electric heater will be significantly cheaper if your property already benefits from good insulation as this will reduce the overall heat loss.
• If you don’t require long- term heating then electric heating is ideal as it can be switched off when you are at work or away for long periods of time.
• By following the tips from our previous heating hacks post you can improve the overall insulation of your home without necessarily incurring additional costs and these tips can benefit you even if you have gas radiators.

The bottom line...

At Electric Heating Expert we will never push you to make a purchase, insist on home surveys or state that our radiators are the best option for you, we will simply provide the facts to help you make an informed decision and ensure that we are on hand to answer any queries that you may have. In addition, to providing you with our expertise, we provide easy installation instructions for you to follow should you decide to purchase from our range.

If you have a large home, access to a chimney and already have a decent boiler installed then gas heating may well be the best option for you. However, that doesn’t mean an electric heater should be dismissed for your conservatory or garage.

Alternatively, electric radiators shouldn’t be dismissed if you require heating in your bathroom or suffer from skin conditions such as eczema as our range minimises the drying effect and thus improving your home environment.

More information can be found under our FAQ section on our website or, alternatively, please give us a call today on 01252 560770 or email us at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk

Heating Hacks for 2019

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Has the New Year left you feeling the pinch? No, we aren’t talking about your waistline, rather your purse strings! January is always a struggle, for most of us, especially when it comes to reading your bank statement. It is only natural that keeping your home warm is a luxury that we often neglect to factor into our monthly outgoings throughout the festive period but what if you could heat your home for less? No bubble wrap or foil required. Here are some of our top tips on how you can keep your house warm for less this year.

Sweet Dreams

Ensure that you have the appropriate tog rating for your duvet during the colder months. Many department stores will have a guide on the side of the packaging and even have samples for you to feel and look at before making a purchase.

Have wooden flooring? Why not consider laying down a few rugs by your bedside? Another great way to save money is to invest in some cute cosy blankets that can be used either on top of your regular bedding or as a way to snuggle up on the sofa with the heating on low. As for those Christmas socks, now is the time to wear them and generally put on a few extra layers.

Think Smart

A great way to monitor and reduce your energy consumption usage is to consider installing a smart meter in your home. Luckily for you, if you live in the UK then you can get one of these free of charge between now and 2020. Why not consult your energy provider about their role out plan and you could start saving today.

Savvy Shopping

Consider shopping around for the best deal by using an online site such as comparethemarket.com or Uswitch which will provide you with some of the best deals suited to you and your home. You could save yourself £100’s.

Interior Design

Don’t worry you don’t need to completely renovate your living room, but by leaving those curtains open during those sunny Winter days and simply relocating that sofa away from your radiator, you could create a warmer home without spending a single penny. If you have a fireplace then you could also consider a balloon to trap warm air from escaping our through your chimney, this can then be deflated and removed when you want to have a fire.

Insulate to Accumulate

You have heard it time and time again, but insulation is the best way to retain heat, from loft insulation, double glazed windows and under-floor heating, but of course, these can all be costly so another much cheaper option is to close doors and avoid draughts by using a draught excluder.

Radiate Heat

Our electric heaters offer a fully programmable control system, lower operational costs as well as flexibility which will enable you to either heat your home or office and rest easy knowing you have one of the best from their categories. All of our Vantage radiators come with a 30-year warranty as standard, with prices starting from less than £300 whilst our Italian built design comes with a 10-year warranty and offers silent operation from less than £400. As well as saving money you will no longer have to worry about bleeding your radiators in preparation for the colder months.

Call us on 01252 560770 for more information.

Alternatively, why not complete our 2-minute self-survey online for a quick quote from one of our experts.

Winter Sunshine

If all else fails, then book yourself a Winter sun break with all of that money that you are bound to save using the tricks above.

Happy New Year from us all at Electric Heating Expert!

What’s the Difference Between Electric Radiators and Electric Panel Heaters?

It’s often said that the world of technology never stops moving. And while we all know that’s true of things like phones and computers, it’s also true for electric heating products. There are always new innovations being made, and you could be forgiven for being a bit confused! But by the end of this short guide to electric heating, you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Radiation and Convection

Let’s start with the simple part. An electric radiator radiates heat stored within a heat-retaining medium, usually thermal fluid or ceramic. Think of it like how the sun radiates warmth; if you step into the shade and therefore out of the direct radiation, you feel less warmth.

By contrast, an electric panel heater or "convection heater"; heat the air circulating within an enclosed area. (If you can smell the heat, you're likely experiencing convection heating. The smell exists because, just like a toaster, the panel heaters heating elements are exposed to the air, and so, burn the dust particles floating about in it.)

Just to Confuse You…

After having explained this difference to you, we’re going to confuse you a little. This is because an electric radiator and an electric heater both use a combination of radiated and convected heat. However, while an electric radiator has a thermal retention medium fitted (which is what stores the heat and redistributes it), an electric heater doesn’t.

But a lot of that might not matter to you. All you really want to know is which one you should buy. Well, it really depends on what you want to use it for.

Everyday Vs Occasional Use

The economic choice of electric radiator or electric panel heater for your room mostly comes down to deciding if the room is for everyday or occasional use.

Because electric radiators store heat, they are ideal for use as the primary source of heat in those rooms you use every day, or for long periods of time (e.g. a living room or bedroom). But electric panel heaters are ideal for those rooms that only get used occasionally (like a guest bedroom or conservatory), so don’t need continual heating.

In terms of upfront and running costs, electric radiators are cheaper to run but cost more to buy initially. Electric panel heaters are cheaper in the beginning, but cost more to run. This is because electric panel heaters don't store heat, and so continually draw upon the power supply whilst they heat the air. By contrast, electric radiators require power only whilst they are heating up the storage medium. You can see our comparison on pricing here. At Electric Heating Expert, we provide a wide range of electric radiators to suit any room, any size and any budget. For more information, just take a look at our range or get in touch with us today.

2018 – The Year of the Electric Radiator

Well, that’s it. The Christmas decorations are back in the box and it’s time to look ahead to all things new. Whether that’s learning a new language, taking up a hobby or just taking some more time for yourself. But this year, the electric industry is also making some new year's changes, thanks to the introduction of some new EU regulations.  These came into play on January 1st and will mark the end of electric products with poor controllability. But what does this mean for you?

What Are the New Regulations?

The new legislation (catchily named ‘Lot 20) was designed to change the landscape of available products for manufacturers and consumers alike. It’s derived from the Ecodesign Directive, which was designed to create a framework of basic requirements to make them as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Lot 20 takes this directive, enhances it and turns it into an official regulation that must be followed. The regulation covers a very large range of products, from something as small as a portable fan heater to something as large as an infrared panel. Its aim is to bridge the huge gap in efficiency between the smaller and larger items and level the playing field of product efficiency. This also means running costs will be reduced and lessens the burden on power stations to meet high demands.

But What Does This Mean For Electric Radiators and Heaters?

For the heating industry, this change means new design plans, new products and a lot of new buying and installations. All newly manufactured electric heating equipment must now meet a certain set energy efficiency percentage target in order to be sold within the EU. The percentage target will differ for each type of appliance - for example, electric radiators will be required to meet a target of 38%, while portable heaters will only need to hit 36%. But none of those percentages will dip below 30%, allowing all appliances to meet a base level of efficiency. So those low-end radiators with sub-standard controls will be phased out in favour of the new, improved ones.

How Will This Affect You?

As with most EU regulations, there is a slow burn approach to bringing it in. So while manufacturers needed to comply from the 1st of January, consumers may not see a change for quite a while. In most instances, these electric heaters will be almost identical to their older counterparts but with a just few minor improvements so that they meet their efficiency target. And you don’t need to worry if you bought an electric heating appliance before January 1st - most pew-2018 models are already borderline compliant thanks to their digital thermostats and weekly programmers. Newer models will be brought out, and gradually all older electric radiators will be replaced with newer, more energy-efficient models.

At Electric Heating Expert, we are proud suppliers of a wide variety of styles of electric radiator to consumers and businesses. That means that now, we will be including these higher efficiency models in our range, phasing out the older models over time. For more information, just browse our range of electric radiators, or get in touch with us today.

Your Heating Options For 2018

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By now, every home in the UK will have their heating switched firmly on, which can only mean one thing – winter is well and truly here! And if you’re realising that your heating maybe isn’t keeping you as toasty as you’d like, maybe it’s time to look at a new solution for the new year. But how do you choose? There are so many options out there for heating your home now that it can be difficult to know which one will be best for you. That’s why we’ve brought together the pros and cons of the major heating solutions in one post – to make it easier for you to pick the right heating solution for your home.

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating was a really popular option a few years back, and in ultra-modern homes, it’s rare to find a bathroom without underfloor heating to keep your bare feet warm. And there are some distinct advantages to an underfloor heating system. For example. They are completely hidden, with no unsightly vents or radiators to mess up the look of your home. Asthma sufferers will find it easier to breathe, now that the heating isn’t moving air and dust around, and they run incredibly quietly. However, it does take much longer to warm up than other heating solutions, which means you will end up leaving it on longer and paying more. Retrofitting these systems is also expensive and impractical, so you really do have to have them installed from the get-go. So in general, unless you’re building the house from scratch, underfloor heating isn’t usually considered the most practical option.

Baseboard Heating

Baseboard heating are essentially very short radiators that only take up a small space right at floor level in the skirting boards. And they sit there for a reason – because as cool air is displaced and falls, it enters the baseboard heater to be re-warmed and re-dispersed. The positives of this system are that it is easy to zone your house using it, supplying heat exactly where you need it and making it easy to keep a family guided by different internal temperatures comfortable. It’s also simple to install (since it doesn’t require ductwork) and works quietly. However, it is incredibly expensive to run and quite bulky as well. They are also prone to producing inconsistent heat and require regular safety checks to make sure they don’t pose a fire risk.

Fan Heating

Fan heating works much in the same way as a fan heated ovens do – fans pass air over an electric heating element and distribute it into the room. They are useful in the sense that you don’t have to power them with electricity – you could also use gas, kerosene, hot water or another form of energy. They are also quick to heat up and can provide intense heat for a room. However, they are fairly energy intensive (and therefore expensive) and very noisy to run, which has made them fall out of popularity somewhat.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are one of the less common heating methods used in this country. Air-to-air heat pumps use refrigerant to absorb heat from one space and transfer it to another via a heat exchanger (often a fin or coil). The electricity supply to a heat pump is only used to move the heat around, not to generate it – the heating itself has a passive energy source. They are a very clean, efficient heating source, can provide both heating and cooling and heat up fairly quickly. However, they require regular maintenance, are more expensive to buy, fairly noisy and can struggle to heat spaces effectively at temperatures lower than 6 or 7 degrees.

Electric Radiators

And of course, we have electric radiators. The ‘new kid on the block’, electric radiators are having their moment in the sun at the moment. As energy prices (and particularly gas prices) continue to climb higher, people are looking for more efficient ways to heat their homes in the winter months. Electric radiators work by using electricity to generate heat energy and disperse it into the room. They are quick to heat up, so you don’t need to leave them on to warm up, and they use significantly less energy than traditional radiator heating or in fact any of the options we’ve discussed here. They are slim and unobtrusive, so they don’t create ugly space in your home, are very clean to run and are much better at keeping the room temperature even at all times, even if you open a window or have a draft. And the best part is they are eco-friendly and much cheaper to run than standard central heating!

Is it any wonder then, that electric heating is the most popular choice for 2018? While all heating methods have their positives and negatives, electric radiators are known best for their efficiency, low running cost and high performance. At Electric Heating Expert, we have a huge range of electric heating solutions to suit any home. Whether you want a slimline, modern model or a classic radiator chassis, we have an electric heating system that will suit your style and budget. To find out more, just browse our range, or get in touch with us today.

3 Ways To Save Even More Energy With Your Electric Radiators

Energy efficient electric radiators are quickly becoming the more popular way to heat our homes. This is mainly thanks to their environmentally friendly, energy-saving ways -  but are owners making the most of their new heating gadgets? After all, electric radiators do more than just heat your home. They also help you manage how your home is heated, giving a level of control previously unseen in heating. Used in the right way, they can really help you cut down your energy bills. So what could you be doing to save money with your new electric radiators?

Programme Them Properly

The key to getting the most out of your electric radiator is all in the programming. Once you’ve installed your radiator and hooked it up to some power, you will need to tell it how warm you want the room and when. This might seem a bit complicated at first, but all of our radiators come equipped with a set of instructions on how to programme your radiator quickly and easily. Depending on the model you’ve chosen, there might be a digital display on the radiator or a separate main control panel you can use to control it. When programming your radiator, think about your schedule and habits. For example, there isn’t much point running your radiators throughout the day if you aren’t in the house between 8 and 7, but you may way to have them turn on 10 minutes before you get home in the evening, so it’s nice and cosy for you. You should also consider how much time you tend to spend in which rooms. One of the big advantages of electric radiators is that you can heat each room individually. So if you tend to spend 2 hours watching TV in the evening before you go to bed, you don’t really need to have the heating on in the spare room. By micromanaging your home heating in this way, you can save a significant amount on your energy bills.

Mount Your Radiators

Electric radiators can be used either free-standing (leaning against a wall), or they can be easily mounted on the wall. While the mounting might add a little bit more to your overall installation costs, the long-term energy savings are worth it. Electric radiators work best when they’re used in a constant and balanced way, and mounting them on the wall will change the way you interact with and use them on a daily basis. By making it a feature of the room, you are less likely to move them about (which will, in turn, make them less effective at heating your space, as they will need to keep adjusting to new spaces), allowing them to work at full efficiency. And it really is easy. Anyone who can put up a shelf can wall mount one of our radiators in less than 10 minutes, using only a drill and pencil.

Let Them Work For You

There is a great temptation with all technology to sit and fiddle with it, to try and get it just right. But electric radiators are sophisticated bits of kit, and they are very good at their 1 job. So let them get on with it! Your electric radiators will detect the temperature of the room for you and adjust itself to maintain your desired temperature, and they will do it consistently, without any reminder from you. If you feel a sudden chill, don’t rush to the radiator to crank up the temperature and expect the room to heat up quicker, like you would a central heating system. If you decide you’d like the room a few degrees warmer, just tell the radiator and within a few minutes, you’ll feel the effect evenly throughout the room.

If you own an electric radiator or two, then you’ve already made the conscious choice to save energy and move towards an efficient heating system. However, there is always more potential for saving energy (and therefore your hard earned money), if you just take it. You hold the power to maximise your energy efficiency, all you have to do is take control. For more energy saving tips, or to talk to us about installing your new electric radiators, just get in touch today.

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Electric Underfloor Heating

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Ahhh! Electric Underfloor Heating

It’s a bit of a hot topic at the moment, and it’s still one of the more popular heating options for modern homes. This is mainly because it’s completely invisible once it’s installed, giving you more options for decorating and cleaning your home. But despite its popularity, it might not be the magical heating solutions you’ve been looking for. This winter as the chill starts to set in, we wanted to share with you some of the pros, and the cons of electric underfloor heating. 

Pro’s

    • Space Saving –

      The main advantage of electric underfloor heating is that it is very slimline and space saving. That’s compared to both standard radiators and standard underfloor heating. The electric mesh lies under flooring completely flat, unlike traditional piped underfloor heating. This means that floors don’t need to be sunk or raised to accommodate bulky pipes, saving a huge amount of space.

    • Even-Heat –

      As the heating elements are distributed underneath the entirety of your floor, you will get a much more even heat in the room. So not only will it keep your feet warm in the winter, but it will ensure there are no cold or super hot spots in your rooms.

Unfortunately, that’s largely where the positives end for electric underfloor heating. While it is great for bathrooms if you’re prone to cold feet, the negatives tend to outweigh the positives.

Con’s

    • Long Heat Up Time –

      Unlike piped heating or electric radiators, electric underfloor heating takes a long time to heat up fully. This means that you either need to turn on your heating hours before you need it or leave it on permanently through the colder months, both of which mean higher bills.

    • Need More Insulation –

      In order for you to have electric underfloor heating installed, you will need to invest in a good base. You can’t just put it down on top of a concrete slab. Underfloor heating mats have to be installed on top of a highly insulated base. If they aren’t, they won’t provide you with much heat at all in colder weather – particularly if it’s your primary heating method.

    • Complex Installation –

      The installation of electric underfloor heating is not a simple thing. Not only do they need to be placed on properly insulated bases (see above), but they also come with a series of controls and mats, which make installation itself time-consuming, complicated, expensive and very disruptive.

    • Prone To Faults –

      As with many electronic meshes, electric underfloor heating is incredibly prone to faults, especially if they aren’t correctly installed. And because the mesh mats are laid under your flooring, when one goes wrong it isn’t an easy job to take it up and replace one. In fact, since many are installed underneath concrete screed or wood flooring, it is often impossible to replace defective panels.

In case you hadn’t noticed by now, while it is electric, we are not the biggest fans of electric underfloor heating. While it is nice to have toasty feet (no-one’s denying that), the advantages of electric underfloor heating just aren’t big enough to justify it. Instead, if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional heating that is energy efficient and clean, you are better off opting for electric radiators.

At Electric Heating Expert, we love everything about electric radiators and electric heating. Whether you’re replacing some old storage heaters or looking for an affordable alternative to gas, electric heating is an investment worth making. We pride ourselves on providing tailored advice that will help you make the best choice for you. For more information about electric radiators, or to find out if they would work for you, get in touch with us today.

How To Tell It’s Time To Replace Your Radiators

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Brrr! Are you guys feeling the chill?

It’s hit a bracing 5 degrees in the UK this week, and by now most of the country has their heating well and truly turned on. But for some, they’ve turned on their heating and are still waiting for the heat to turn on. It’s been idle for half a year, and there’s nothing worse than discovering your heating won’t work properly. But unless it’s just not coming on, how do you know if it’s time to replace your radiators this year?

They’re Leaking

In general, the water works best when it’s actually in the radiator. So if you’re seeing puddles of water or drips coming off your radiator, it’s a pretty good sign that there’s something wrong with your radiators. Leaks are sometimes the result of a loose radiator valve but more often than not, it’s a leak from the body, which is caused by corrosion and pretty much impossible to fix. If you can identify where the leak is coming from, you will have an idea of how serious an issue it is.

It Won’t Heat Up

If your radiator isn’t living up to its primary function, something is probably wrong. If you’ve tried the usual fixes (bleeding it, checking the boiler and the thermostats), then odds are you have a problem with the valves. If your radiators are on the older side, then prolonged use could have caused a number of problems with these valves that prevent them from opening and closing. This is why your radiators won’t heat up. Again, this is an expensive fix, and usually, one that makes it cheaper to replace the system.

It’s Rusting And Rattling

Many people keep radiators for a very long time. Replacing them tends to only happen when something goes wrong. But over the years, all of the water running through your radiator will cause 2 things – corrosion damage and rust. With rust, the metal will become brittle and flaky, resulting in murky water that will flow through and damage the whole system. It also makes noises as the water erodes it or causes blockages, resulting in rattling. With corrosion, you will start to see holes in the internal and external metal, which is one of the leading causes of leaks.

Why Not Try Electric Heating?

If your radiators are starting to go on the fritz, why not consider replacing them with electronic radiators instead? Electronic heating will not only last longer than a traditional radiator (thanks to the lack of water damaging the metal interior), but they will also be far more energy efficient for your home. On average, electric radiators need to be run for half the amount of time than traditional water radiators, thanks to their quick heating design, helping you significantly reduce your gas bill and warm up your home in time for Christmas.

At Electric Heating Expert, we specialise in the supply and fitting of electric radiators. Our range provides enhanced heating comfort through innovative design, are fully programmable, non-intrusive and incredibly energy efficient. For more information, just browse our range or get in touch with us today.

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.