Thinking about switching from gas to electric heating, but not sure how much it’s going to cost? The price of removing your boiler, installation fees and energy bills are just some of the things to consider when it comes to changing the way you heat your home. We’ll be breaking down these costs, measuring eco-efficient electric heating against conventional gas central heating, easing your transition to a greener alternative.
How much does it cost to get rid of your gas central heating?
Changing from gas to electric heating means you’ll have to remove your existing gas central heating system. This includes getting rid of your gas boiler, pipes and radiators. Hiring a Gas Safe registered engineer who can safely do the job is your first step. The overall cost will depend on several factors, such as the size of your house, the age of your boiler and how many radiators and pipes you have. It’s worth making enquiries with different Gas Safe engineers, so you can compare prices and discuss the specifications of your property.
How much does it cost to install electric heating?
Electric heaters can be installed one of two ways. If you want your entire house kitted out with electric heating, we’d recommend hardwired installation which must be carried out by a professional electrician. The job is relatively quick and easy, and it will safeguard your system from being overloaded.
Alternatively, many heaters are DIY-friendly and take minutes to set up, so you can avoid expensive installation costs. Certain electric radiators, for example, only need to be attached to the wall and plugged into your nearest socket. A great way to save time and money.
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Is electric heating cheaper than gas central heating?
Currently, electricity prices are higher than gas, averaging at a rate of 14p/kWh compared to gas rates of 3.80p/kWh. The reason why electric tariffs are more expensive is because you are using almost all the energy provided. Electric heating is also 100% efficient at the point of use, meaning every watt of energy drawn from the wall is converted into usable heat. No energy is wasted, so you get more bang for your buck. That’s not to say, however, that electricity is flawless when it comes to efficiency. It’s currently generated by burning fossil fuels, and energy can be lost when it’s transported to your home. However, with a national obligation to reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, the energy economy is constantly evolving, so you can expect electricity to become more efficient, greener and cheaper in the future.
How much do electric heaters cost to run?
There are several aspects to consider when it comes to calculating the running costs of electric heating. One thing you should always factor in is the wattage of your appliance. For example, if you work out how much it would be to run a 1500W radiator for 6 hours, at a 14p unit rate, the figure would be £1.26. Over a week, that radiator alone would cost £8.82. However, here we are assuming that the radiator is constantly working at maximum output. This is unlikely, with changes in weather conditions potentially throwing a spanner in the works. So, whilst running costs can be useful in understanding energy usage, it’s important to consider all the factors to create a realistic figure. It’s also worth finding an energy provider that offers lower rates as this could significantly reduce running costs.
How you can save money with electric heating
Electric heating is designed to be eco-efficient, meaning you can easily save energy and cut down your heating costs. Here are some of the ways electric heating can help you save money:
Gas central heating requires an annual service check by a Gas Safe engineer. According to Checkatrade, this usually costs around £80 a year, a fee you’ll never have to pay with electric heating. There’s no pipework or risk of carbon monoxide leaks, so a yearly service isn’t necessary. No annual check means no annuals costs.
Opting for smart electric heating is perfect if you’re looking to maximise controllability. Smart programming features make it much easier to monitor how and when you use heat, which could help you save energy, and money, in the long run. Some of these include:
- App control: electric heaters with Bluetooth and WiFi control allow you to manage your heating using an intuitive app on your phone. This means you can make quick adjustments to your heating and access a range of energy-saving features from the palm of your hand. With WiFi control, you can even manage your heating on the go, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally leaving the heater on. Electric heaters featuring app control: Ecostrad Adesso, Ecostrad iQ Ceramic, Haverland SmartWave (with hub).
- Energy usage statistics: gives accurate temperature readings of your energy usage so you know where to make adjustments in order to save energy.
- Voice control: compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, this allows you to make quick temperature changes with voice commands, for hands-free management. A fast, effortless way to control your energy usage. Electric heaters featuring voice control: Ecostrad iQ Ceramic, Haverland SmartWave (with hub), and Technotherm KS DSM.
- Motion detection: switches your heating on when it senses movement, like when someone enters the room. This set and forget feature removes the guesswork from warming your home. You won’t need to program your heating manually – this feature takes care of it. Perfect for busy, modern lifestyles. Some electric heaters with motion sensors can even learn your routine and adapt, creating a heating schedule based on your past movements, for completely self-sufficient heating. Electric heaters featuring motion detection: Ecostrad iQ Ceramic and Haverland SmartWave.
Gas heating usually only offers centralised control, which means heating your entire house when you may only want to warm your living room or bedroom. Electric heating, on the other hand, can be controlled on an individual basis, as each appliance is fitted with its own precise digital thermostat. You can set up different temperatures and heating schedules in each room to best suit your needs, so you don’t end up wasting energy heating rooms that aren’t in use, ultimately trimming down costs.
Make the switch with Electric Radiators Direct
Compared to gas, electric heaters have a variety of energy efficient features that will help you manage your heating system more effectively. With more control over your energy usage, you’ll be able to reduce running costs in no time. If you’re ready to upgrade your system, we have an extensive range of super efficient radiators that offer intelligent, energy-saving features. Start cutting the cost of your heating bills today with Electric Radiators Direct.