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help needed please. i want to try and heat my house this winter with electric heating - the GCH is just too expensive. what would be the most effective heater type? - convector, halogen etc.. noise an…
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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
help needed please. i want to try and heat my house this winter with electric heating - the GCH is just too expensive. what would be the most effective heater type? - convector, halogen etc.. noise and space are a consideration as well. i need good deals please budget is limited.

thanks for any help
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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
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Unfortunately almost any form of electric heating is going to cost more than gas CH.

The only cost effective type of electric heating is Economy 7 Storage Heaters, but they have quite a high installation cost.

I think you are stuck with your GCH.

You could perhaps find a cheaper gas supplier.
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help needed please. i want to try and heat my house this winter with electric heating - the GCH is just too expensive. what would be the most effective heater type? - convector, halogen etc.. noise and space are a consideration as well. i need good deals please budget is limited.

thanks for any help


Go onto the energy savings trust website www.est.co.uk

They have grants available for energy efficiency measures in your home. Don't go near electric heating. If you recieve any benefits they can help with the cost of updgrading your loft/cavity wall insulation. Also, ensure that you make sure you fit energy saving lightbulbs everywhere (they will save you a bomb) and make sure you turn all appliances that have a standby mode (TV, Video, DVD, Sky Box, etc) off at the switch. These costs savings will vastly reduce your outgoings.

See if you can get a grant to upgrade your heating. Fitting a condensing boiler will save you a fortune.

If you have a timer for your boiler. Make sure you use it! I have the hot water on for 1hr in the morning and 1hr in the evening and its enough for my family of four.

If you need further advice/help, let me know.

Good luck! :thumbsup:
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I agree with foxy, stick with gas, its much cheaper. The best way to be ultra energy efficient is just think how your granny would have kept warm during the war. They tended to heat just the rooms that were occupied, i.e. turn radiators off in spare bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, etc. Take a hot water bottle to bed. One trick I have found is buy a cheap duvet from Tesco and use it as an underblanket.

If you do want to go the electric route the panel heaters from Argos claim running costs of around 3p per hour. I would recommend just using one of these to give a boost to the already existing heating though. However keep in mind they are designed to maintain a constant heat not a boost!

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4159036.htm

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