RUNNING COSTS FROM AS LOW AS 6P PER HOUR
To discover the consumption capabilities of the Eko-Rad heater, a test within a 30 sqm (approx.) room was conducted.
The room was located in Northern Italy, close to the Alps, where the temperature varies from extreme colds to mild winter weather. Given that the UK is susceptible to extreme colds from November through to March, the temperature variations found within the Alps are representative, and thus apply to the way the heaters are likely to be used by UK based customers.
To work out the consumption charges of an electric heater per hour you use the following formula:
kWh USAGE x kWh RATE*
Below are three tests results from the study which was conducted. Results found that the Eko-Rad heater can run off of as little as 6p per hour!
Test 1. Mild Winter Temperature - Conducted on: 26/01/2015
With an outside temperature of 9.9°C and the Eko-Rad thermostat set at 19°C only, 0.48kWh were used. This, once calculated using the above formula, equals .6p per hour
Test 2. Cold Winter Temperature - Conducted on: 27/01/2015
With an outside temperature of 0.7°C and the Eko-Rad thermostat set at 19°C, only 0.72kWh were used. This, once calculated using the above formula, equals .10p per hour.
Test 3. Extreme Cold Winter Temperature - Conducted on: 05/02/2015
With an outside temperature of -8.1°C and the Eko-Rad thermostat set at 20°C, only 1.16kWh were used. This, Once calculated using the above formula, equals .16p per hour.
With running costs this low, it's no wonder many are upgrading their storage heating systems to Italian manufactured electric heating.
For these tests, a kWh rate of .14p was used.*
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TARIFF
Getting the right tariff from your energy supplier is of the utmost importance. If you get your energy tariff wrong against the type of lifestyle you are living, your energy consumption plus the price per kWh will push your bills up to a high amount.
We’ve found that the best tariff available for these heaters is a flat rate. Whilst traditional heaters that use electric were design to use economy 7 tariffs, EkoRad electric heaters have internal design features that make them suitable for running off of a flat rate.
It’s worth getting your calculator out and accessing an energy supplier’s offer before you commit. It’s not uncommon for people to avoid tariffs that have a monthly standing charge. However, monthly standing charges often come out the same, or cheaper than those that don’t have one. Ones that don’t require a binding monthly outgoing make money back by charging extra kw’s for each hour throughout the month
As well as choosing the right tariff, it’s vital to choose the right supplier. By going on comparison websites you can find the cheapest option available on the market. Whilst cheaper is always good, you shouldn’t always priorities it. You’re going to be in contact with energy suppliers at certain intervals. So it’s important that you find the best supplier for your needs. Good customer service, plus phone lines that are active and don’t leave you on hold for long periods may be worth paying a little more money for.
Our customer service team will be able to give you objective advice about energy suppliers. We’ll also be able to advice you about the process of changing suppliers if you need it.
HOW EKORAD COMPARES TO OTHER HEATING OPTIONS
Vs. Night Storage Heaters
Ekorad modern electric heaters are far more efficient than the traditional electric heating solution: night storage. Whilst night storage uses cheaper off peak energy rates to store warmth for the following day, Ekorad heaters utilize control, only consuming when necessary. Though night storage had a large storage capacity, thus allowing for extensive heat distribution until the stored heat was used, Ekorad's dual therm technology and controllability ensures that the room is heated efficiently, whilst keeping consumption low. What’s more, Ekorad electric heaters can be used on a flat rate tariff, meaning costs are kept low on all electric appliances used throughout the day.
Vs. Fischer Future Heat / German Storage Heaters
Our heating solution is a lot different to Fischer German storage heaters. Whilst both use electric, they use it in a completely different way. Fischer / German heating make use of an internal storage brick that retains heat, and distributes it when necessary. The storage brick can take up to 20 minutes to store heat, but once it is warm, there will be enough for 2 hours worth of warmth. EkoRad on the other hand instantly distributes warmth into the room, cutting down electrical consumption as there is no storage period. Both are able to run on flat rate heaters, but are suited to different lifestyles. Choose Ekorad over Fischer heating if you require instant heat for a low cost!
Vs. Traditional convection
Convection chambers work off of a simple principle. They harbour cold air from the bottom and turn it into warm air that is pushed out of the top and distributed into a room to raise the overall temperature. Whilst this has been used as an effective home heating solution, there is always more that can be done. Through new technology, EkoRad heaters have been able to take advantage of the traditional convection chamber, as well has adding a few supplementary upgrades to improve the overall heat distribution of our products. EkoRad convection heaters come with an aluminium core that heats the air fast, meaning the room is able to reach your desire temperature quicker. This reduces the amount of energy consumption needed to warm a room. As well as convection, controllability improves Ekorad's efficiency. Only consuming when needed ensures that the heater does not over work or over spend.
Vs. gas boiler Central Heating
The gas central heating system is a tried and tested solution for warming a home. But is tried and tested enough? Whilst the gas option of home heating is a reasonable option. It’s also an expensive option. And it has significant weaknesses that are not present with EkoRad products.
Gas systems require a boiler. This is the furnace for your heat. The gas warms water, and then distributes it to the various radiators that are positioned in rooms throughout the house.The biggest weakness of these systems is that they’re modular. They are unable to work independently. So whatever temperature you want for one room, will be the same in every other room. Plus, the set heat for this option will not be distributed at the exact same temperature throughout the house.
If you were to set your thermostat at 21°C, you would get 21°C in the first room. After that however, the heat lowers because the water will drop in temperature as it passes through the piping.Eko-Rad heaters do not require a boiler, so you save on that expense, not to mention the added expenditure of servicing the boiler annually. Our heating solution plugs directly into the mains electric. This means they work independently. You can set different temperatures for different room. Another benefit is that these heaters are not linked to the water. If there was to be an issue with your main water supply, your heating is not affected.