Storage Heaters – Best Guide For Replacement [2022]

Best Guide For Replacement Of Storage Heaters [2022]


This blog is a guide to replacing storage heaters.

It covers exactly what storage heaters are and what you should consider when replacing them.

There are a number of options for you to take into account:

  • Should you upgrade them for state of the art storage heaters
  • Should you replace them with central heating
  • Should you replace them with plug in electric heaters
  • Should you try to replace them with a government funded grant.

This blog should assist you with a decision


What Are Electric Storage Heaters


Free Central Heating
Free Central Heating








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.



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.




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?

Home Improvement Grants 2022
Home Improvement Grants 2022

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.


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 Heating
Free Central Heating

A cheapler 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


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Warm Front Grants
  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.


Free Grants For Radiators



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Many properties in the Uk particularly flats are heated by electric storage heaters / economy 7 heaters which unfortunately is the most expensive form of heating at the moment.

People regularly spend  well over £25 per week just to heat their homes.

There is a government funded scheme available for people on low income benefits to replace them 100% FREE OF CHARGE

This blog hopefully will help you to BE AWARE OF THIS FANTASTIC GOVERNMENT GRANT FOR FREE STORAGE HEATERS for 2021 and also to help you make the most of your heaters as well as reducing reduce your bills.


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!




Are These Grants Genuine?


Martin Lewis   ( Money Saving Expert )  has a section on his website all about these free / part funded grants.

They are 100% genuine and are open to people on benefits or low income.

A lot of applications do fail however as the criteria is very strict but don’t let this put you off making an application.

It costs nothing to apply and you may be successful in getting thousands of £ worth of grants.






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