Storage heating works by storing up heat and then releasing it gradually throughout the day. We have a range of tariffs that work well with storage heaters. Find out more below about the best way to use storage heaters.
Electric storage heaters store up electricity during the cheapest electric tariff period and then gradually release heat throughout the day. Depending on your tariff, they may store up heat overnight (eg our Economy 7 tariff – known as Domestic Economy in Scotland) or during off-peak periods in the day (eg our Superdeal tariff in England or Total Heating with Total Control (THTC) tariff in Scotland). If you’re not sure which tariff you’re on, give us a call.
Each storage heater works individually, so you can choose how you want to heat each room separately. Storage heaters are fixed to the wall, and their weight is taken by the floor. Each heater has a separate on and off switch on the wall which should be left on when using the heater.
There are four main types of storage heaters:
The initial cost depends on which storage heater you buy. If your room is large, the storage heater needs to be bigger (and more expensive) to heat it fully. It’s important to buy the correct sized heater so you don’t waste any energy. Cheap storage heaters aren’t normally as energy efficient; you may find that they waste energy or your rooms become too warm. The best storage heaters cost more initially, but save money over time because they are more energy efficient.
Installation costs vary depending on your area and electrician. The cost of running storage heaters depends on a variety of things including: how much insulation you have; how big your windows are and how they are made; the size of your room and the desired temperature. Keep your doors closed and don’t let draughts in to retain the heat and save money. Give us a call to find out the best electricity tariff for your storage heaters.
The storage heater controls are normally found on the top of the heater, sometimes under a flap. Once you have found the right settings to keep you comfortably warm, you shouldn’t need to change the controls unless the weather changes. You can find more information on how to work your storage heater in the user manual.