How much do electric radiators cost to run?

As we approach the looming boiler ban and witness a continuous surge in gas prices, an increasing number of us are in search of greener alternatives to gas central heating. Enter the efficient, adaptable, and intelligent electric radiators – no wonder they’re gaining popularity.

But before you jump into the world of electric heating, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty of costs. In this article, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of running expenses and how electric radiators can be your ally in cutting down those hefty energy bills. Before we dig into the details, let’s first grasp the mechanics of this heating system.

The Inner Workings of Electric Radiators

When it comes to heat distribution, these radiators work their magic through a combination of convective and radiant heat. The convective warmth heats up the air surrounding the radiator, while the radiant heat is absorbed by objects, surfaces, and even you. This unique blend offers a profound level of heat that’s not only effective but also responsive, giving you the best of both worlds when it comes to staying warm.

Unlike traditional gas central heating, electric radiators are independent units that don’t depend on intricate piping systems or combustion. This autonomy makes them a maintenance-free alternative. The beauty doesn’t stop here – you can even pair these radiators with green energy sources like solar panels or opt for an environmentally-friendly energy provider, ensuring maximum efficiency from beginning to end.

And if that’s not enough, most electric radiators are DIY-friendly and don’t require the hassle of annual safety checks, saving you money even before you flick the switch!

The Cost Breakdown: How Much Does It Cost to Run Electric Radiators?

To estimate the running cost of your electric radiator, follow this simple calculation:

(Radiator output in kW x hours of use) x cost per kW hour = daily radiator cost (in pence)

For instance, let’s consider an 800W radiator used at full power for 4 hours a day. Multiply 0.8kW by 4, resulting in 3.2 kW/h. If your electricity tariff is 12p per kilowatt hour, just multiply 3.2 kW/h by 12p, giving you 38.4p.

However, this calculation comes with some limitations as it overlooks key variables. As a result, it’s challenging to determine a standardised running cost that accurately reflects reality. Here are some factors the calculation doesn’t consider:

  • Built-in thermostat: Many electric radiators feature a thermostat that automatically turns the radiator on or off based on temperature levels.
  • Weather fluctuations: British weather is notoriously unpredictable, impacting how often you use your radiator.
  • Home insulation: Well-insulated homes retain heat better, requiring less energy to maintain warmth.
  • Room size: Smaller spaces warm up faster, demanding less energy.

Considering these aspects, running cost calculations are limited and should only be used to give an indication of potential running costs.

Consequently, it might be more beneficial to focus on the energy-saving aspects of electric radiators. The presence of automatic functions, precise thermostats, and app controls allows for sophisticated yet easy energy management, providing the tools to monitor and optimize energy use. Alongside leveraging these features, consider switching to a more cost-effective electrical tariff if you haven’t already. Scout comparison sites to discover the best rates available.

How Electric Radiators Save You Money

Once you’ve sorted your tariff, it’s time to tap into the energy-saving potentials of electric radiators. Let’s explore some of the top features designed to keep your running costs in check:

  • Precise Digital Thermostats: Accurate up to ± 0.1°C, these thermostats diligently monitor room temperature and adjust your radiator accordingly. This ensures your space is never too warm or too chilly, optimizing efficiency. Not only do thermostats eliminate the need for manual adjustments, but they also support zoned heating. This departure from central control prevents unnecessary heating of unoccupied rooms, saving money.
  • Weekly Programming: Electric radiators with precise digital thermostats allow you to program heating schedules 24/7. Craft tailored schedules for each room to align warmth with your daily routine. This prevents wastage by only heating rooms in use, ultimately reducing running costs.
  • WiFi-controlled electric radiators are not only efficient but also intelligent. These smart heaters enable you to regulate warmth via a smartphone app from anywhere globally. This on-the-go control ensures you never accidentally leave your heating on, preventing energy waste.

Make the Switch to Electric Radiators

While gas might seem budget-friendly at first glance, electric radiators come armed with an array of controls meticulously designed for energy-efficient warmth. From precise thermostats to modern WiFi connectivity, these energy-saving features allow you to adjust heating to match your monthly budget effortlessly. Moreover, with a diverse range of sizes and designs available, you can select an electric radiator that suits your preferences.

So, are you ready to embrace the change? Make the switch today and explore our comprehensive range of electric radiators.

Sunflow Team

Founded in 2009, Sunflow is a British manufacturer of 21st century all-electric heating systems.