There has been fury across the UK in recent weeks as British Gas announced a price rise on energy bills, and was closely followed by Npower. Many families and pensioners are struggling in the current economic climate, and this rise in energy costs coincides with an increase in food prices, thanks to failing crops after an unusually wet summer.
Households across the UK are dusting off their boilers and heating systems in preparation for winter, and many will be looking for alternatives. British Gas has blamed the rise in prices on the dwindling supplies of natural gas being found in the North Sea, and electrical heating may be the next step if these supplies do indeed run out.
Electrical heating has historically been an expensive energy option, but thanks to new technology it can bring energy costs down significantly. Rointe electric radiators are leading the field in energy efficiency, and have developed a digital range of products which boast an injected aluminium build and a specially designed thermal fluid which is used in place of traditional hot water. The main benefit of electric heating is that there is no combustion needed in the heating process – that is, no boiler, no gas, and no piping. This reduces the amount of components that are involved in the heating process, so come winter you won’t have to deal with leaking pipes, old boilers and gas supplies. Rointe even conducted trails within a national hotel chain, and found that by using their electric radiators the company managed to cut their electrical consumption by 58%, compared to using traditional electric panel radiators.
Electric heating also has the benefit of being particularly easy to install, without having to be incorporated into the existing plumbing system. This can be particularly useful if you are refurbishing or moving home and want to fit a new system, or simply want to add in an extra radiator somewhere, such as a heated towel rail in the bathroom (a warm towel is a real treat on the coldest of winter mornings!). Making a few changes now can save you hundreds over the coming years – particularly if energy prices continue to rise.