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    • Crag30
    • By Crag30 14th May 18, 3:39 PM
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    Storage Heater Alternative
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    • 14th May 18, 3:39 PM
    Storage Heater Alternative 14th May 18 at 3:39 PM
    In our dormer loft conversion we have a storage heater that is using a lot of Economy 7 electric, and so I'm on the look out for something more economical. Adding a radiator to the central heating system is not an option.
    It does get blooming cold up there in winter.
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    • molerat
    • By molerat 14th May 18, 4:13 PM
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    • 14th May 18, 4:13 PM
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    A storage heater is most likely the most cost effective form of electric heating. If it is getting cold I suspect the insulation is not sufficient. Adding a radiator would give the cheapest p/kWh option but the capital cost needs taking into account.
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    • By Ruski 14th May 18, 4:21 PM
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    • 14th May 18, 4:21 PM
    You'd be surprised how easy it is to add a rad to a circuit these days, plastic pipes are your friend

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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 14th May 18, 5:15 PM
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    • 14th May 18, 5:15 PM
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    • 14th May 18, 5:15 PM
    If it's a vented system it won't be possible to add a radiator above the header tank, which is probably on the loft floor. The header tank may need raising above the loft conversion if possible, or convert to a sealed system.

    If there is only one storage heater it's unlikely that Economy 7 tariff is appropriate.

    Insulation should be first priority.
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    • Crag30
    • By Crag30 15th May 18, 12:04 PM
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    • 15th May 18, 12:04 PM
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    • 15th May 18, 12:04 PM
    Thanks all for the replies. I believe from what our serviceman says is that the system we have would probably not cope efficently with another radiator installed, and raissing the header tank isn't really an option either.

    Having just switched tariffs with our our energy supplier I was surprised to see our night usage at 51%. Other than the storage heater which only gets switched on during the colder months, I can't figure out what else is using power, apart from the obvious items.
    It may be better to find something to use on demand rather than on a timer
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 15th May 18, 4:35 PM
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    • 15th May 18, 4:35 PM
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    • 15th May 18, 4:35 PM
    thats a lot for 1 storage heater, there's something else going on
    • Crag30
    • By Crag30 16th May 18, 3:00 PM
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    • 16th May 18, 3:00 PM
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    • 16th May 18, 3:00 PM
    I was thinking that myself, and need to do some searching.
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