We all love feeling warm and cosy in the home, but in this age of austerity it is important to know what exactly goes into determining your electric radiators running costs.
Here in the UK most of us will pay around 14p per kWh (based on data provided by the UK government). What this means is that a 1KW electric radiator will cost approximately 14p per hour to run. This presumes that the radiator is running for a constant 1 hour. However, many units won’t be due to their intelligent thermostats.
Of course, this is not the be all and end all of it, as there are many other factors that contribute to your energy bill. For example, a poorly insulated house will require the heating to be on for longer periods of time. Thus whilst the cost per kWh is the same, the running costs are going to be a lot higher.
If you own a home in which an electric radiator is your primary source of heating, you should be aware that the total cost to use this system will depend on a number of very important factors…
What Are The Most Common Factors That Determine Your Running Costs?
A short list of the most common factors that will determine the running cost associated with your electric radiator will include the following items:
- The electricity tariff imposed by the property owner or energy provider.
- The most common setting that you keep your thermostat on.
- How long you keep your radiator running (whether you keep it on continuously, or off and on sporadically).
- The total amount of heat loss associated with the various rooms in which the radiator is running.
The Manner In Which You Run Your Radiator Will Help To Determine Your Total Cost
As noted above, the manner in which you run your electric radiator will play a determining part in helping to shape the size of your energy bill. If you own a property in which several rooms are quite draughty due to various factors (bad insulation, windows left open, etc.), then you will find that your radiator will be working overtime in order to compensate for the fluctuations in temperature.
Therefore, it is extremely important for you to fix any issues you might have with the insulation in your home. This also extends to the doors and windows in your property. Properly installed and weather sealed windows will prevent this.
The Accuracy Of Your Thermostat Will Affect Your Total Running Costs
Another factor that will surely affect your total running costs is the accuracy of your thermostat. Make sure that the thermostat in your home is in good working order. You can do so by setting the thermostat to bring the temperature in a selected room to a predetermined figure. Next check the temperature of the room the moment your thermostat turns the heating of. You can do this by using an independent measuring source, such as a portable temperature gauge.
If the temperature on your gauge disagrees with the figure given by your thermostat, it’s obvious that something is wrong. A modern digital thermostat should be within 0.5 degrees difference. If not, then you will likely need to consult the services of a professional in order to rectify the problem.
Keep Your Thermostat At An Agreed Upon Figure Throughout Your Home
In order to avoid fluctuations in your total monthly heating bill, there are steps you can take. It’s an excellent idea to keep your thermostat firmly geared to an agreed upon temperature throughout all of the rooms in your home. This applies only to the rooms in your house that you are actually using. For maximum energy and financial conservation, always keep the thermostat off in rooms that are not currently being used.
I know my partner and I are constantly disagreeing about the right temperature for our living room. He seems to think that we should be living in an igloo!
Avoid Turning Your Radiator On And Off
Another important tip to follow is to keep your radiator running only as long as it is needed during the winter season. Try to avoid turning it off and on too many times. As this affects not only the quality of its performance, but also the amount of energy it uses as it gears back up.
Further, modern electric radiators often feature an intelligent thermostat that best regulate the amount of energy needed to keep the room at the desired temperature. These radiators are best left to their own devices as meddling will increase the amount of energy they consume.
Requiring it to constantly power up and down will cause your utilities bill to go up. As more electricity is consumed this way. For the thrifty, it’s an excellent policy to keep your thermostat on the lowest possible setting you can comfortably endure.
As you can see, there are many factors that come together to determine the size of your electricity bill when it comes to heating. By improving all of these, you can get the best out of your heating system. As well as keep your monthly bill as low as possible.