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Is there any reason why my Nivea Black and White antiperspirant has to be in such a heavy glass bottle?

White meter / Economy 7 electricity.
There are many variations of personal circumstances but I don't want to go into my living room at 3 am and find it heated to maximum. Presumably, the suppliers want to unload electricity at non-peak hours but there is no need for me to have it come at midnight and stay on (subject to the thermostat) until 6.30am. I can turn it on and off manually but that means setting an alarm clock every night. Perhaps a smal price to pay compard with the deluge that is to come. Would a timeswitch be allowed?
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  • JetpackVelociraptor
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    1. At least it's recyclable?
    2. Surely the timing and settings of the heater are your responsibility, not the electricity company's? What type of heaters are you using? To the best of my knowledge the electricity company don't have any control over how much electricity you use. It's not like they send you more electricity at night and that makes your heaters run hotter, that's not how it works - it's just cheaper to use the electricity during the off-peak hours.
    Read the manual for your heaters, you'll be able to set the temperature somehow even if you can't set the timing.
  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,341 Forumite
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    edited 9 September 2022 at 4:13PM
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    What type of electric heaters do you have?

    Economy 7 charges less for electricity used over night and are appropriate for storage heaters which load up over night and release the heat during the day.

    Any electricity used during the day is charged at a higher rate.


  • MarvinDay
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    Segillar said:
    but there is no need for me to have it come at midnight and stay on (subject to the thermostat) until 6.30am. 
    Exactly.
    Turn the thermostat to the lowest it will go down to (probably in the region of 10c to12c and it's very unlikely for the heating to come on or if it does, it shouldn't stay on for long at all.
  • Segillar
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    Thanks. If the thermostat is turned down the room will not be heated at all.
  • Segillar
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    JV. I don't think you understand the Economy7 system. It is on a separate circuit and the supplier turns it on and off at their chosen times.

    When very cold days are expected the thermostat is turned to maximum which means the room is super hot during the night. This has an effect on for how long the room remains comfortably heated but I contend it starts too soon for me.
  • Segillar
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    sheramber said:
    What type of electric heaters do you have?

    Economy 7 charges less for electricity used over night and are appropriate for storage heaters which load up over night and release the heat during the day.

    Any electricity used during the day is charged at a higher rate.


    I have storage heaters - which I believe are the main reason for the Economy 7 system. Being on a separate circuit they do not work during the day.

  • Segillar
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    I have storage heaters - which I believe are the main reason for the Economy 7 system. Being on a separate circuit they do not work during the day.

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  • oldagetraveller1
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    My very limited experience of electric storage heaters is that they "charge" during the off peak period, then discharge during the day? They must work during the day, that's the idea, isn't it?
    Whether they have changed drastically, don't they have a bank of "bricks" with an electric heating element embedded?
  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,341 Forumite
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    Economy 7 heaters heat up during the night and the bricks inside store the heat. That heat is then available during the day. If you have the thermostat set high during the day then the heat will run out sooner. 

    That is the way they work.

    It is recommended that  you turn them off  when you go to bed  and when you go out so they are not giving out heat when not needed. That way the heater will retain more heat for when it is needed.

    The timings are programmed into the meter by the electricity supplier.

    it it seems your life style is not compatible with storage heating.

    Yes, the electricity is cheaper as it is off peak usage. Any electricity used during peak hours- washing machine, hoover etc  - is charged at a dearer rate.



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