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Electricaire R10 vs electric rads
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Just adding a correction here. Should read ‘domestic’ electric warm air heating as this type of heating is possibly still used in office blocks, high rise flats and the like.
Yes, I can get my meter changed if needed.
With the Electricaire R10/73 being rather old, theres no info or specs on energy use but I do have the original instructions. Ill need to run it and check meter readings.
Im assuming it draws 10kw for 10hrs each day to heat the bricks. This amounts to £11.90 a day on E10 tariff.
I dont know how the Electricaire regulates energy use but I always have the input control at minimum.
The rest is just speculating on what my current system may be costing.
My Eon Economy 10 rates are:
Day 20.408p per KWh
Night 12.969p per KWh
I’ve seen standard tariffs at around 12p per KWh so maybe a meter switch to a competitive standard rate would be a good move.
Also done some sums on estimated power usage from three possible downstairs electric radiators.
Based on 10hrs usage a day at an average rate of 16.5p, rads on for 20mins each hr (EHE Economiser).
2kw £3.30 per day
0.65kw £1.07 “ “
1.3kw £2.14 “ “
£15.19 a week.
Not sure how relevant the 20mins per hour is. Probably not at all as the initial power would need to be constant to get the room up to temperature.
I’m paying that at the moment because that’s what my heating uses and there’s very limited choice on suppliers that still offer it.
Just hesitating to change as electric rads on standard rate are generally not recommended. Also won’t be able to go back to E10.
They would be heating rooms as and when needed so better in the sense that there’s more individual control. The Electricaire does the whole house although you can shut the room vents.
The property is ex rental and I’m sure the heating system charging times have just been left to shift, possibly for decades.
The meter guy did visit to check the readings after I first submitted them. Eon confirmed my original E10 times but have stuck to the favourable shift now. There’s no mention of resetting although Eon said that they could provide quotes for single rate tariff if required.
Ideally I’d like to bypass the Electricaire and have modern electric heating on E7 or a very good single rate deal. Much more choice.
An electrician has explained how the timer works but don’t think I’ll be able to choose
when the storage heater charges.
Next door had the same system but did away with it at the first instance and had electric radiators fitted.
Good idea about budget fan heaters to test. Considering the Economisers only because
of build quality and traditional looks.
I’d need to speak to Eon but I would like to try the cheapest possible standard rate and
see how direct electric heating goes with cheap heaters.
Then see how the bill compares to same time last year.