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    absidoodledandy
    storage heater/economy 7 queries
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    • 7th Aug 06, 10:45 AM
    storage heater/economy 7 queries 7th Aug 06 at 10:45 AM
    This may sound like a stupid question but how do storage heaters know to come on at night time?

    Do they have an internal timer? Does the change in electric supply for normal to ecomomy 7 trigger them?

    I have storage heaters and i find them to be quite expensive (electricity bill is 50-60/m in winter in a one bed flat with just me as opposed to 15-20/m in summer) so i was wondering if possibly they are coming on at the wrong time?

    Is that even possible or if they have an internal timer does switching them off all summer mess up the timings?

    Any advice on this subject is very welcome
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    • amy888
    • By amy888 21st Feb 14, 10:52 PM
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    amy888
    http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/meter-clocks-set-to-wrong-time-could-mean-millions-overpay-energy-bills-105148366.html?utm_source=social&utm_medium=link&u tm_campaign=10ways.com
    I have just check mine and it is 50 mins slow don't think it will of cost me much but i will complain and see what they say. To get the clock on i have a blue button, i had to press it a few time until the clock came on, other info about the price came up as well.
  • thriftykitty
    Econ7 weekends?
    Hi,

    I am about to move into a flat with storage heaters and an economy 7 tariff and I'm wondering what happens at weekends? I will be out most of the day during the week at work but will be spending most weekends at home.

    I know this may sound like a ridiculous question but do storage heaters really store enough heat to heat a room all day, especially in the depths of winter? I will be insulating the flat as much as I can and will be wrapping up etc (I won't be swanning about in shorts and a tshirt anyway!)

    Other than supplementing the heating with a little oil filled electric radiator or fan heater will I just have to bite the bullet and put them on during the peak time? Just wondering what other people's experiences are of using them during the day.

    Thanks for any advice!
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    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 4th Aug 14, 5:47 PM
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    Cardew
    Hi,

    Other than supplementing the heating with a little oil filled electric radiator or fan heater will I just have to bite the bullet and put them on during the peak time? Just wondering what other people's experiences are of using them during the day.

    Thanks for any advice!
    Originally posted by thriftykitty

    A 'how long is a piece of string' question I am afraid.


    It depends on:


    1. The capacity of the Storage Heaters.


    2. The size of the rooms


    3. The insulation properties of the flat


    4. How warm you like the flat.


    It is fair to say that the biggest single complaint about storage heaters is that they run out of heat in the evening. However you don't appear to have any alternative except electrical heating on a 24/7 tariff - which will be MUCH more expensive.
  • Robwiz
    Some storage heater installations are wired to a circuit which only becomes live once the meter is on the night tariff. So it's impossible to use them during the day.

    The best plan is to wrap up warm and use a small halogen/infrared heater for personal heating (or an electric blanket). There's a great Youtube video showing how to keep warm in a cold room which might give you a few good ideas.

    If you can afford one, a portable AC/heat pump unit could be effective. They have a coefficient of performance (CoP) of around 3.2 (3.2 kW of heat per kW electricity used) – the biggest challenge is finding a 150 mm hole for the elephant's trunk duct to go through to get the cold air out of your flat without letting drafts back in.
    • mary
    • By mary 28th Nov 15, 9:31 PM
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    mary
    How to repair a timer
    My tenant tells me that the timer is not working on the Dimplex night storage heater in the bedroom. Is it a fairly simple repair job anyone can do, or do I need to get in a specific electrician to repair it? As well the red light doesn't come on. The heater works in the sense that the heat comes as it should do, just the timer doesn't seem to. Any help much apprciated.
    • Richie-from-the-Boro
    • By Richie-from-the-Boro 28th Nov 15, 9:46 PM
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    Richie-from-the-Boro
    My tenant tells me that the timer is not working on the Dimplex night storage heater in the bedroom. Is it a fairly simple repair job anyone can do, or do I need to get in a specific electrician to repair it? As well the red light doesn't come on. The heater works in the sense that the heat comes as it should do, just the timer doesn't seem to. Any help much appreciated.
    Originally posted by mary
    There is no 'timer' on a night storage heater, do you mean a timer on a panel radiant heater ?. If it is they are so cheap to replace and not worth even the call out costs of an electrician let alone the repair costs.
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