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FREE Storage Heater Grants -Do You Qualify?

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FREE Storage Heater Grants -Do You Qualify?

 

FREE Storage Heater Grants

FREE Storage Heater Grants

Is It Time To Replace Old Economy 7 Storage Heaters ? 
  Tired Of High Electric Bills To heat Your Home?
Upgrade Old Heaters Now & Reduce Your Heating Bills !
 

 

FREE REPLACEMENT AVAILABLE FOR SOME LUCKY PEOPLE!

if you receive a benefit, you can exchange them for free with a Government Grant

To Be Eligible  for FREE STORAGE HEATERS you must have  :

  • Old Electric Storage Heaters Fitted
  • Electric Plug-in Heaters Fitted
  • You Receive a Qualifying Benefit As Above
  • You Are A Home Owner Or private  Tenant

 

What Is Included With The Storage Heater Grant ?

Included In This Grant As Standard *

  1. Free Fitting
  2.  Top Premium Heaters
  3. 5 Years Full Parts & Labour Warranty
  4. Up To 4 Premium Radiators Fitted
  5. Wireless Programmer & Thermostat
  6. Free home Insultion Check

 

 

Which Benefits Qualify For The Storage Heater Replacement Grant ?

  • Child Benefit *
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit – Guarantee
  • Pension Credit – Savings
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

 

Why A Government Storage Heater Scheme

The UK Government’s Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO) was introduced to help vulnerable homeowners and tenants across England, Scotland and Wales with the reduction of their energy bills.

Many people know it as the Warm Front Grant Scheme.

This Free Storage Heater Grant has been very well received  with the general public  and over half a  million old economy 7 heaters  have now been replaced. Many applicants have received  brand new heaters worth over £2000 for FREE!. Free Home Insulation has also been installed where needed.

To learn more about the Storage Heater Scheme, please visit the GOV WEBSITE

 

 

Is There A Grant to Replace Storage Heaters With Central Heating ?

Yes.  If you have gas in your street, you may be eligible to change from Storage heating To First Time Central Heating. For many properties, the grant will be 100% fully funded.

Please indicate on our survey form if you wish to try for FREE Central Heating

 

Are There Storage Heater Grants For Landlords ?

No Landlords cannot apply for Free Storage Heater Replacement anymore.

See Our Landlords Page For a full list of grants available to the private rented sector.

GRANTS FOR LANDLORDS

 

Are free storage heaters available to everyone on benefits?

 Council owned or a Housing Association properties do not qualify for Eco Funding unfortunately.

To qualify for a free storage heater grant you must be living in a private property or a private rented property

 

How To Apply For Free Storage Heaters.

To  Make a Free Application  Please Call

01902 753404

Or Click The Button Below and Take a short survey

 

 

How Storage Heaters Work – Storage Heaters Guide 2022

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We have compiled a  complete guide with lots of frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision on replacing them like for like or changing to an alternate form of heating.

 

What Are Storage Heaters and how do they work ?

A Storage heater is an electric heater that accumulates heat in special ceramic or clay  bricks during the night (when electricity is at its cheapest ) which then releases it during the day.

The easiest way to understand storage heaters is to visualise them as a big rechargeable battery.

Once the heat has been exhausted, ( usually late afternoon )  you need to use another source of heating for the rest of the day to heat your home.

The heaters are then recharged from 10 pm for use for the next day.

 

How Are You Charged For Running Storage Heaters?

The heaters are wired up to an economy 7 meter which measures how much power  is used at nighttime and you are then charged at the prescribed rate for night time use.

Night time electricity is approx two thirds cheaper than day rate which makes using storage heaters worth using to heat your home.

As  stated previously ,  you should program your heaters to charge up only when electric is at its cheapest which is during the middle of the night

You can charge the storage heaters in the day also BUT you will be charged the peak rate  which can be 2 thirds more.

 

 

Are Storage Heaters Cheaper to Run Than Gas Heating ?

No .

Electricity is one of the most expensive ways to heat your home and we always recommend that if you are on the gas grid, you should convert to gas heating.

Electric Storage heaters are cheaper to run than their counterparts Electric room heaters ( which are plugged in and use statndard rate electric ) but they are still expensive compared to gas heating.

Gas heating is approx 2 /3 cheaper than electric.

 
 

Storage heaters – Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariff.

To make the most of having storage heaters as your main heating, you will need to be on an Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariff.

With Economy 7 & 10 tariffs, the electricity is supplied to your home at two rates:

  • Expensive ‘peak-time’ electricity  –  daytime
  • Cheap ‘off-peak’ electricity.  –  Night time usually from 12 until 7 in the morning.

Both tariffs  come into play at night when electricity is cheapest so this is the time you should be charging your heaters up.

You could save two thirds of the price.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are not aware of this and end up charging their heaters at the wrong time which can be very expensive.

 

are storage heaters being phased out?

Storage Heaters are gradually being phased out due to lack of demand and the fact that they are still one of the most expensive form of heating.

They are also now very old fashioned too and are associated with  1960 s & 1970s homes.

Sales of storage heaters are diminishing year on year  with renewable heating becoming more popular as the UK heads towards a carbon zero future.

 
 
 

are storage heaters expensive to run ?

A 2.5 Kw heater that is charged up at nightime ( using cheaper electric ) will cost you around 13p per hour to run.

This will be payable whether you benefit from the heat or not. Use the heat or lose it is the rule.

To sum up a 2.5kw storage heater may have a running cost of between £1 and £2 per day.

If you have 4 heaters running on a daily basis, this will work out very expensive with a weekly average of up to £70 per week !

 
 

What Are Average Storage Heater Running Costs

Modern storage heaters are to 27% cheaper to run than a standard storage heater system and up to 47% compared to an electric convector heater

 

Power Rating Per Hour Per Day*
400W 7.42p 400W £0.52 2.8kWh
800W 14.83p 800W £1.04 5.6kWh
1100W (1.1kW) 20.39p 1100W £1.43 7.7kWh
1400W (1.4kW) 25.96p 1400W £1.82 9.8kWh
 
 

 

Are modern storage heaters more efficient?

All modern storage heaters are now high heat retention ones which although bulkier,  are upi to 30% more efficient at keeping the heat in.

Also Modern storage heaters are now  fitted with timers,  and 24-hour programming, for more control on usage.

Many now have  open window detection too.

These features help to make modern storage heaters a lot more efficient than old ones.

As stated you should achieve a bill reduction of around 30% by upgrading to new ones.

Although new storage heaters are not cheap, they are more efficient than they used to be in a number of ways, so running costs will be cheaper.

If you have old storage heaters, the insulation around the heating core may well have broken down over time and this will affect their efficiency.

 

 

How much does it cost to replace an electric storage heater?

A storage heater can cost from around £150 to over £1000 to buy and install, depending on the heat output required.

Generally speaking, the more you spend on a storage heater, the more features your model will have.

New storage heaters need to be installed by a qualified electrician and usually costs from about £70 if there is existing wiring plus the cost of the new heater).

A new installation will require new wiring so you should expect to pay around £50 extra per heater.

The best storage heaters cost to buy more initially but will save you money over time because they will be more efficient and therefore will cost less to run.

 
 

What Are The Best storage heaters ?

  1. Automatic: These are the new standard type, and can detect the temperature of the room and set themselves.
  2. Combination: These allow you to turn up the heat on demand combining charged heat with standard daytime electricity
  3. High heat retention: These offer the latest in storage heating technology, with highly-insulated cores and quiet fans to spread the heat around the room more effectively.

The best known makes that have been around for years  and have been approved to be fitted on Government schemes are below.

  • Dimplex
  • Creda
  • Elnur
  • Fischer
  • Heatstore

All heaters will have been thoroughly tested  for fitting on Grant schemes so will be highly recommended.

 

What Types of electric heaters are available?

Electric storage Heaters – These  are storage heaters that are  full of bricks or ceramics, which are used to store heat, typically collected overnight when electricity is at a cheaper rate.

Electric Panel Heaters  – Panel heaters are essentially oil filled radiators that use electricity to produce instant heat but, due to the fact that they are filled with oil, they still retain heat when turned off.

Combi Storage and Convector Heater – Storage heaters with a convector built in can give you the best of both worlds.

These heaters will store heat during the night at the cheaper rate but if you need a boost during the day it has the ability to supply the extra heat when you need it.

Combination storage heaters are usually installed in large rooms where a storage heater alone isn’t sufficient.

 

Fan-assisted storage heaters that distribute heat further into the room by blowing warm air from the bottom of the heater.

Manual storage heaters are the cheapest to buy, but are gradually being phased out and replaced by more efficient, automatic models

They are very basic and don’t allow much control over the heat output. This can lead to wasted energy and overheated rooms.

An automatic storage heater will save you money in the long run, but you will pay a lot more.

 

 

Panel Heaters Vs Storage Heaters – Judge For Yourself

Panel Heater Positives

  • Heat up faster
  • Only use electricity when you’re using them
  • Better temperature control
  • Lighter and easier to install

Panel Heater Negatives

  • Loose heat faster
  • Can be more expensive to run

Storage Heater Positives

  • Slow to lose heat
  • Can be Cheaper to run

Storage Heater Negatives

  • Slow to heat up
  • Less heating control
  • Usually more expensive to buy
  • Heavier and more work to install
  • Can be bulky

 

are panel heaters cheaper to run than storage heaters

Definitely not.!

On a like for like basis. you will be paying 2  times more for  the same amount of heat as panel heaters . This is because storage heaters benefit from cheaper electric at night whilst plug in heaters will be charged at the day rate.

Panel heaters do have the benefit of you can turn them on and off at will whereas with storage heaters, you need to use up the heat or lose it.

 

 

What Size heater should I buy

This depends on the size of your room and how much heat you need.

Very important to correctly size your heater for each room as a small heater in a large room will not be able to heat the room effectively and ultimately won’t be efficient.

Please ask your local installer to work out the best size for you using a special matrix.

 
 

Can storage heaters make you ill?

Electric space heaters and storage heaters can make the air inside of your home extremely dry and unpleasant.

Some of the newer models also blow out air which is not suitable if you are suffering from asthma

This won’t make you ill, but it may  irritate your skin, eyes, ears, and even nose.

 

Can storage heaters overheat?

 Old heaters do get a build up of dust over the years  inside the heater casing. This will affect the distribution of heat and you may get a smell. This can be easily brushed off by removing the inner casing.

If there are items of furniture or curtains within 500mm of the heaters, this too will restrict the flow of heat and we recommend you leave adequate space and airflow  around the heater.

Faulty thermostats &  charge controllers could also cause overheating too.

 

can i leave storage heaters on all the time

If you do need heat over the summer, you may only need to switch the storage heaters on to charge every other night. … You can save more heat for the evening by keeping the setting low during the day, such as when the room is warm enough or you are going out.

As  storage heaters will only charge up at night, so you can leave the input setting without danger of using expensive day-rate electricity.

Once the heat has been exhausted , it will not charge up again until its preset charge time which is usually around 10 -11  oclock.

Are old storage heaters dangerous?

Some old storage heaters contained asbestos sheets which as you know is a hazard to health.

If your heaters are damaged in any way, asbestos dust and fibres may be released into the room.

If this dust is  inhaled into the lungs, they may give rise to an asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

 

What is the average lifespan of a storage heater?

The life expectancy of a typical storage heater is  15 -20 years old.

Models older than this should typically be replaced with modern automatic models.

In recent years ‘automatic models’ have been introduced as standard since they offer small gains in terms of efficiency and economy.

 

Do  Storage Heaters Leak heat?

Unlike a battery that retains a lot of its charge until used, the storage heaters will begin to leak heat almost immediately due to convection of heat that is stored in the bricks.

As a rough guide, a storage heater will lose the majority of its stored heat over a 12 hour period.

This means that if you get in from work at 7pm, the majority of useful heat will already have dissipated into the home leaving you to be cold in the evening.

You usually will need to switch on panel heaters or other heating to supplement this.

For this reason, storage heaters are not good for people who are out at work during the day unfortunately.

 

Best Practice For Running Storage Heaters

  1. The most effective and cheapest manner is to ensure is that you don’t use the peak electricity power switch unless absolutely necessary.
  2. Try to avoid using this unless in the middle of the winter when you need a heating boost.
  3. The idea is to make sure the storage heater only charges during off-peak hours.

During the winter

Set the input control to maximum to allow the most charging power to the storage heater.

During the summer

You may get away with turning the input control right down (or even off), since you won’t need much heat for the home.

Turn the output to zero when you are not at home or when you go to bed.

 

How to set up your storage heater controls

Most storage heaters have 2 key controls:

  1. Power switch – this determines whether you are using off-peak or  peak electricity to charge the storage heater

Off-peak is considerably cheaper!

Input and output controls  

  1. The input control determines how much electricity the storage heater will use to charge

The output control controls the rate at which the storage heater releases heat into the room.

 

 

 

What Are Storage Heaters?

Storage heaters are usually mounted on the wall and resemble radiators.

These heaters are called storage because they have the ability to conserve energy and release it when the source of energy is unavailable.

It can heat up the ceramic bricks inside when electricity is abundant and cheap, mostly during nights, store it and release it during the day.

It is ideal for people who enjoy Economy 7 and have subsidies on power bills at night.  

 

Features of Storage Heaters

Storage heaters are a very cost effective option, especially for people who do not have mains gas. Some other attractive characteristics include:  

  • A boost function for when you might need a little additional warmth.
  • A fan Assist to silently disperse the extra heat generated.
  • Customizable heating schedules enable users to personalize temperature settings as per the time of the day.
  • Modern Storage heaters come with thermostatic controls.
  • Some storage heaters are smart heaters that allow you to control it remotely via the internet.

 

Operating Principle of Storage Heaters

In a nutshell, heat is created at a different time (typically during the night) than it is utilized and then transmitted to the warmer region. Because it is expected to hold the heat between production and disposal, storage systems must include a suitably substantial material that can amass the heat.   The greater the volume of the material, the more heat it can retain. Storage heating systems should also be designed in such a way that the heat does not escape on its own and that the heat output can be controlled to ensure the system’s efficiency.  

 

Why Use Storage Heaters ?

  • These are inexpensive to use as compared to normal electric heaters.
  • Modern heaters have timers, thermostats and fans to work more efficiently with less maintenance required.
  • These are noise free heaters. Even with the fan inside, these are very quiet.
  • These are very painless to install and can be installed anywhere the electrical wiring is available.

 

 

Tips to Reduce Your Bills With Storage Heaters

  1. Turn off the output of the heater when you do not need it heating your room, like at night or when not home.
  2. Before switching to boost mode, make sure you have consumed the stored heat first because the boost feature utilizes daylight electricity.
  3. Do not plug-in extra heaters for more warmth. Instead use the storage heater’s input to the maximum first to store as much heat.

 

Modern Vs. Older Storage Heaters (SH)

 

Feature Modern SH Older SH
Insulation More layers of insulation with better materials. Insulation vulnerable to rapid deterioration.
Design Slimmer,discreet designs with neutral colors complementing modern interiors. Bulkier designs which look old.
Control Programmable advanced controls, timers, wifi controls. Basic controls with two basic dials.
Thermostat Built in digital thermostats regulated automatically by the heat index of surroundings. Users adjust temperature manually by dials.

   

Cost Of Storage Heaters

  Prices of storage heaters vary between £150 and £700. This wide price range is because of the variety of features offered in each type of heater. The more expensive the heater, the better insulation and heat output it offers. Installing storage heaters is another cost that incurs. With existing wiring and setup, installation is usually cheaper. But if one requires a whole new setup, it may cost a bit extra. But this all is worth the savings and comfort.

 

Storage Heater Repairs

If your heaters are old , it will not usually be cost effective to repair them. Average repair costs are £120 and you can replace a heater for another £50 or so. We recommend you replace rather than repair in most cases.  

    What Are Electric Storage Heaters

Electric storage heaters are domestic heaters which store thermal energy and release it to heat your home when you need it. They are especially designed to convert cheap night time, off-peak electricity into thermal energy, store it, and then release it continuously throughout the day.  This is why they are sometimes referred to as night storage heaters. Modern high heat retention electric storage heaters are much more energy efficient than their predecessors. They have better insulation to preserve the stored heat longer and a convection facility to top up the heat required for very cold days. They have LCD displays which allow you to see heat input & output levels and intelligent control systems which learn your heating requirements.
 
   Storage heaters typically have a long life span as they basically high heat retention bricks that are charged up with heat every night with the heat being released throughout the day very slowly. If the heating element fails, the bricks will no longer heat up. A Heating element is easy to replace.  

 

HOW DO MODERN STORAGE HEATERS COMPARE ?

Modern electric storage heaters:
  • Are up to 30% more energy efficient than old ones.
  • Have control systems which allow you to have exactly the right amount of heat in each room, when you need it
  • Have a built-in convector heater for additional heat when you require it.
  • Are slimmer, with a modern stylish design
  •  Will add value to your home and reduce your bills significantly.

 

What Is Off Peak Energy

Many energy suppliers offer significant discounts on the use of electricity at night time as demand for power is significantly reduced. This is called the ‘off-peak’ period and the companies reduce the cost of power between midnight and 7am. The “Economy 7” tariff is the most well-known. Economy 10 is another one. You get one meter which has two rates.
You pay normal prices during the day, but cheaper rates for seven hours during the night (usually 12pm-7am).    
 

Electric Storage Heaters – Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariff.

   To make the most of having storage heaters as your main heating, you will need to be on an Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariff. With Economy 7 & 10 tariffs, the electricity is supplied to your home at two rates:
  • Expensive ‘peak-time’ electricity  –  daytime
  • Cheap ‘off-peak’ electricity.  –  Night time usually from 12 until 7 in the morning.
Both tariffs  come into play at night when electricity is cheapest so this is the time you should be charging your heaters up. You could save two thirds of the price. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not aware of this and end up charging their heaters at the wrong time which can be very expensive.    
 

Are Economy 7 Storage Heaters Cheap To Run ?

Storage heaters use off-peak electricity which is supplied from the national grid to your house, usually overnight when demand for electricity nationally is low. It makes good economic sense for storage heaters to be charged up at this time hence the term night time storage heaters.      
Typically, a storage heater will lose most of its stored heat over 12 hours but you can control when the heat is released by selecting a tariff and adjusting the storage heater’s controls.    
 

Best Practice For Running Storage Heaters

  1. The most effective and cheapest manner is to ensure is that you don’t use the peak electricity power switch unless absolutely necessary.
  2. Try to avoid using this unless in the middle of the winter when you need a heating boost.
  3. The idea is to make sure the storage heater only charges during off-peak hours.
During the winter Set the input control to maximum to allow the most charging power to the storage heater. During the summer you may get away with turning the input control right down (or even off), since you won’t need much heat for the home. Turn the output to zero when you are not at home or when you go to bed.   
 

 

What  Brand is the most Efficient Economy 7 Storage Heater?

We have found that Dimplex And Fischer Economy 7 heaters are the most efficient for running costs. New Heaters have a minimum energy efficiency rating From 1 January 2018, all newly manufactured storage heaters must have certain features so that they comply with Lot20, part of the European Eco-design Directive. All new electric storage heaters must meet a minimum energy efficiency rating of 38% for a heat output above 250W. To meet this all new heaters have:
  • Digital programmers
  • Open window sensors
  • Electronic room temperature controls
  • Wi-fi controls
 

How Are Electric Storage Heaters Economy 7 Controlled?

Thermostatic controls: New heaters have thermostatic controls, which will get the room heated to your chosen temperature
Remote controls: some models can be controlled via remote or from your smart phone over wi-fi    

 

What features do modern Storage Heaters have?

By Switching to a modern storage heater you will save up to 27% on running costs compared to traditional storage heaters.
  • Modern heaters have the ability to store just the right amount of energy to heat a room so no electricity is wasted.
  • Fan-assisted to quickly, quietly and more effectively distribute heat
  • Programmable room temperatures with timer profiles to save different settings for different days
  • Holiday mode to avoid spending money on heating empty rooms
  • LCD displays to make programming easy
 

Insulation Is  A Must For Electric Heated Homes !

    With electric being so expensive, a well-insulated house is a must to minimise any heat from escaping the property.
Grants are available for Free  insulation too. Your home will be checked and we can offer you free walls and Loft Insulation at the same time.
You cannot have the heaters changed if your home is not adequately insulated.    
 

Electric Storage Heater Running Costs.

The cost of running a storage heater depends on a range of different factors, including:
  • Room size and size and number of windows in the room.
  • The insulation in your home
  • The age and  type of glazing of your windows
  • The temperature you are comfortable with
  • The severity of the weather in your area

 

 

Safety Tips For Electric Storage Heaters

  • Never cover any air vents on your storage heaters
  • Avoid placing anything flammable near your storage heater
  • Ensure a gap of at least 16cm exists between your curtains and the top of your heater
  • Install a storage heater guard to protect children
  • Make sure your storage heaters are installed by a qualified electrician

 

Pros of storage heaters

Siting Of Heaters – They are easy to install, can be situated anywhere that electricity can be wired.  so they are more flexible and can be installed in many more situations than traditional radiators as there is no pipe work involved. Maintenance Free – Heaters are relatively maintenance free as they have no moving parts or liquids and they tend to have a longer life-span than traditional heating methods. Space Saving –Modern storage heaters are very different to the old systems people               may remember. Slimmer designs and advanced technologies are now the order of the day. Fan Assisted – Modern heaters installed as part of the ECO scheme are now fan assisted and instead of releasing it by convection, a silent fan extracts cool air from the room and converts it to hot air through a vent and are usually controlled by thermostat. Cheaper To Run  – compared to panel heaters and are programmable and are exceptionally quiet, even those that use a fan.  

 

Cons of storage heaters

  • more expensive than gas, so are typically only used by households that are off the gas grid.
  • excess stored  heat can lead to overheated rooms.
  • Can run out of heat by early evening

 

When should you replace your storage heater?

 We recommend that storage heaters over 20 years old that are faulty should be replaced without attempting to repair.

This is because old heaters will be very inefficient to run with the repair not economical or cost effective.  

New Economy 7 heaters , storage heaters will be up to 30% more efficient and will pay for themselves in the long run.

Grants are Available – See If You Are Eligible

 

Storage Heaters – Common Faults

If your storage heaters are not working because they are the old style Electric Storage Heaters that run on a Economy 7 tariff , here is a few things you can try to get them up and running again. The most common causes of a broken storage heaters are within the scope of a competent diyer and are relatively cheap to replace.

  Do check the circuit to find faulty components / switch / circuit breakers or measure resistance to check for failed elements in order to eliminate other possible problems.

Usually when a section of a storage heater turns cold, it means that an element has failed.

Spare parts that commonly cause a broken storage heater include (in order of occurrence):

  • Faulty Thermostat  – (Thermostats & elements commonly fail in 6-8 years )
  • Broken Heating Elements
  • Terminal block which causes loose connection

 

Should I Try To Fix?

If you are a competent diyer, you may want to have a go yourself.

This involves taking off the front panel (remove the fuse / turn off the power first) and replace the thermostat.

How to check the thermostat of storage heater

 Try to do a thermostat manual reset.

  1. Turn off the power supply and remove it.
  2. If you are skilful, go inside and take off the front panel.
  3. At the top of your storage heater, look for three round polo-like items.
  4. The black cap nubbin with a red dot is the thermostat. Push it down to reset it. If you hear a click, it should function on the next charge period. If not, then the thermostat could be faulty and needs to be replaced.
  5. Put back the front panel and turn on the power. Wait until the next off-peak charge overnight to see if it takes the next charge. If not, call an engineer for a quote of his services or see if you should buy a new one.

 

Are New Heaters More Efficient?

New storage heaters will be up to 30% more efficient so will save you money off your heating bills.
Old storage heaters contained very heavy, heat retaining clay bricks but modern, more energy efficient versions use a ceramic material or high density magnetite to store heat.
New Economy 7 heaters offer the highest density and heat storage capacity, magnetite is extremely efficient at storing thermal energy but it also relies on excellent insulation to retain the heat.  

 

Economy 7 Explained

The price of electricity supplied to our homes is much less when demand for it is lower, typically during the night time. Electric storage heaters use this cheap night time electricity to store heat and then release it to warm your home during the day time when electricity is more expensive. Energy suppliers have introduced electricity tariffs such as Economy 7 which require a special meter to track day and night use of electricity, so that it can be charged at a different rate per kilowatt hour (kWh).

 

What Is The Best Replacement for Night Storage Heaters?

  The best replacement Storage Heaters are …………………….FREE ONES !

If you are looking to replace old storage heaters we recommend that before you spend money on  new heaters, see if you are eligible for a free grant from the government.

Grants are still available for free replacement as part of the ECO 3 Scheme. Please see our video below.       

 
There are a lot of storage heaters on the market and they all do the same job really, which is to heat up at night and release the heat the next day. We recommend the following heaters purely because they have been fitted on the Government  Storage Heater Grant Scheme in the past and would have passed vigourous government testing to be approved for use.
  • FISCHER
  • DIMPLEX
  • GABBINOOR
  • ELNUR
All of the above have been the subject of great reviews so we are happy to feature them on our website.    

 

Are electric radiators a good alternative to storage heaters?

Electric radiators are a very good  alternative to storage heaters for heating your home BUT you will find they are approx 25 % more expensive to run as they run on standard rate electricity whereas night storage heaters are recharged at night when electricity is approx 70% cheaper.
We do not recommend changing from economy 7 or economy 10 tariffs for electric heating.  

Replace Storage Heaters With Gas Central Heating ?

Free Central Heatin
A cheaper in the long run alternative way to heat your home is to take old storage heaters and replace them with a new central heating system.
Your heating bills will reduce by up to 30- 40% as gas is a much more efficient way to heat your home.
 
The cost of a new central heating system ( depending on property type should be between £3000 – £4000 but there are government grants available for Free  Central Heating Too.  

 

Storage Heater Tips for Lower Heating Bills

  1. Turn the ‘output’ setting of your storage heater  off when you are out of the room or go out of the house. Good idea to turn off at night too.
  2. Only use the   ‘boost’ setting on your heaters  when  all the stored heat has run out . Always open  the output fully before using boost as it uses expensive daytime electricity.
  3. Avoid using supplementary plug-in heaters as they too will be expensive to run. It’s much  better to turn up the input on your storage heaters so that they recharge more at night and store more heat.
 

When should you replace your storage heater?

 
      We recommend that storage heaters over 20 years old that are faulty should be replaced without attempting to repair.
This is because old heaters will be very inefficient to run with the repair not economical or cost effective.  
New Economy 7 heaters , storage heaters will be up to 30% more efficient and will pay for themselves in the long run.
Grants are Available – See If You Are Eligible
 

Need New Storage Heaters?  

  Check if you are eligible for the free Electric Heating Grant  from the governmentbefore you go out and purchase some new ones. Most people are unaware of this storage heater replacement scheme which has been available for the last few years . You could qualify for this free grant from the government to replace all your old heaters 100% FREE! If you receive a benefit such as disability or other non-working benefit, you should apply.  fill in the form below and we will be in touch shortly!  

 

Best Replacement For Night Storage Heaters

If you wish to purchase new storage heaters, we always recommend you stick to the tried and trusted brands that are recommended by the Which magazine.

These below have been recommended as best buys and you should consider them. ELNUR FISCHER GABINOOR DIMPLEX  

 

What Alternatives Are There To Storage Heaters?

If you would like to change from electric storage heaters to an alternate form of heating, you have a number of options:

  • Gas Central Heating
  • Electric Panel Heaters
  • Electric Central heating with radiators
  • Infrared Heating
  • Electric Underfloor Heating

All the above have their pros and cons so please do your research before taking the plunge.

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