Electric Panel Heaters

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HJS86
HJS86 Posts: 118 Forumite
;) Hi all

We have recently moved into a Barratts new build one bedroom flat.

Its heated with just electric and we have four panel heaters.

We've just had a large electricity bill and from this site have realised that these electric heaters are the most inefficient way to heat a property.

We record our meter readings religiously and have managed to get them down to 20units per day.

Currently the bedroom heater is on for two hours a day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

We have turned the hall and kitchen off completely.

The lounge is on for 3 hours per night, one hour on and one hour off and we shut the door to keep the heat in.

So the heaters are on for 5 hours a day...they are 0.75 kwh per hour heaters.

Does anyone have any advice on how we can further reduce our electicity bills with these heaters?

Are there any tricks/tips etc to make them more efficient?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks
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  • bristol_pilot
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    Are you renting or did you buy the flat?
  • HJS86
    HJS86 Posts: 118 Forumite
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    We brought it :o)

    xx
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  • HJS86
    HJS86 Posts: 118 Forumite
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    Just looked on the net at our fridge freezer - it says it uses only 1unit of energy a day?

    Is this right?

    Would have thought the freezer/fridge would use loads of units?

    xx
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  • Magentasue
    Magentasue Posts: 4,229 Forumite
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    No, fridge freezers are said to use a lot of electricity over a year because they're on all the time. 1kwh a day is reasonable.
  • HJS86
    HJS86 Posts: 118 Forumite
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    Thanks for the advice.

    So if the freezer is using 1unit, and the heatin 5 units, what could be using the other 14 a day?

    We have one light bulb on in the evening for around 6 hours; cook on the hob every night, have an electric blanket on for half an hour and the water heater on for two hours a day...

    xx
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  • Magentasue
    Magentasue Posts: 4,229 Forumite
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    Water heater two hours a day in a one bed flat? Are you using all this water or just heating it and storing it?

    Washing machine? Dishwasher? Tumble drier? Electric shower? TV and connected toys? PC and peripherals?
  • KimYeovil
    KimYeovil Posts: 6,156 Forumite
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    6 hours of a 100watt bulb = 0.6 kWh
    3 x 15 mins x 1200 watt rings = 0.9 kWh
    1 x 40 mins x 3400 watt oven = 10 mins at 3.4 and 30 mins at 1.1 = 1.1 kWh
    2 hours of a water heater - 1 hour at 2400 watts, 1 hour topping up = 3 kWh
    cooking breakfast = 1.1 kWh
    2 x 2 x 10 min 12 kWh showers = 8 kWh
    electric blanket = .8 kWh
    TV, computer = 2 x 3 x 200 watt = 1.2 kWh

    That makes 16.7 kWhs so far.
  • Jubbs
    Jubbs Posts: 23 Forumite
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    Fridge Freezers, if they are new use between 1 and 2 units a day, if it between 5 and 10 years old or older it can use over 5.

    Also if you have panel heaters see if you have an Economy 7 meter, if you dont it might be worth looking at. you could have all your heaters on for 7 hours at night and it would cost you less than a quarter of what it would to run them in the day,

    Speak to your energy supplier too, they will have free energy efficiency advice and may be able to send you some information or free low energy light bulbs
  • Magentasue
    Magentasue Posts: 4,229 Forumite
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    Jubbs wrote: »

    Also if you have panel heaters see if you have an Economy 7 meter, if you dont it might be worth looking at. you could have all your heaters on for 7 hours at night and it would cost you less than a quarter of what it would to run them in the day,

    Economy 7 for panel heaters again - why have you suggested this again. Why would people want to heat their homes at night rather than during the day? :confused: These people don't have storage heaters.
  • Fire_Fox
    Fire_Fox Posts: 26,026 Forumite
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    HJS86 wrote: »
    ;) Hi all

    We have recently moved into a Barratts new build one bedroom flat.

    Its heated with just electric and we have four panel heaters.

    We've just had a large electricity bill and from this site have realised that these electric heaters are the most inefficient way to heat a property.

    We record our meter readings religiously and have managed to get them down to 20units per day.

    Currently the bedroom heater is on for two hours a day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

    We have turned the hall and kitchen off completely.

    The lounge is on for 3 hours per night, one hour on and one hour off and we shut the door to keep the heat in.

    So the heaters are on for 5 hours a day...they are 0.75 kwh per hour heaters.

    Does anyone have any advice on how we can further reduce our electicity bills with these heaters?

    Are you sure? That would make them very small panel heaters. Why are you heating the bedroom if you have an electric underblanket? Get dressed with the duvet wrapped around you or head straight to the shower.

    Why do you have the hot water on for two hours a day? We manage fine on 45 minutes. Boil a kettle to wash up if you run out of water. Quicker showers, or switch the shower off briefly while you soap/ shampoo up. Leave-on conditioner for the lady of the house!

    Do you use a tumble dryer? That would use about 4KWH per hour, especially if you have a combined washer-dryer, which are very inefficient at actually drying. Do you hot wash your laundry? Another 4kwh per load.

    What lighting do you have? If GU10 or MR16 halogens everywhere, this can really add up. Change any 50W for 35W lamps - if you have the money (£3-6 each) there are suitable low energy replacements. Sadly you won't get free energy saving halogen replacements.
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