Electric Water Heaters vs Conventional Water Heaters

Unlike heating, hot water is required 365 days a year. For this reason, ensuring you install the most efficient type of electric water heating is vital.

There are plenty of options on the market, which can make it difficult to choose the right option for your home. Gas boilers, hot water cylinders, under sink water heaters – the list goes on. But which one is the right one for your home?

In this blog, we compare conventional water heating systems with more modern alternatives to help you make an informed decision.

Efficiency

All electric water heaters are 100% efficient, in that they convert 100% of the energy they use in to heat. However, for gas combi boiler users, your water is heated using gas as the fuel source. Gas boilers are not 100% efficient, and usually sit in the high 90%’s. Older gas boilers can even be as little as 60% efficient.

By running your heating and hot water on one system, you are stuck with a less efficient water heating system. If you opt to separate your heating and hot water and install an electric water heating system alongside your boiler, your efficiency is instantly improved. But efficiency is all about wastage.

Many homeowners find that their hot water cylinders keep their airing cupboard warm. This is something that some people like, but it’s actually a sign that your electric water heater is not very efficient. By keeping your airing cupboard warm, your water heater is losing heat; heat that you have paid for.

Our Aquafficient loses a lot less heat than conventional water cylinders, to the point where the unit itself will feel lukewarm to the touch, despite still providing hot water to your home at 55 degrees.

Control

Going back to hot water cylinders, the level of control is limited. Many people have to switch their cylinder on for a couple of hours before they want to have a nice warm bath, or even before they do the washing up. This kind of manual control is a pain, and leaves room for error.

There’s nothing worse than forgetting to heat the water, going to run a bath and being left with nothing but cold water.

As our Aquafficient does such a good job at retaining heat, you can simply heat the unit overnight and rely on it to heat your water all day from a single charge.

Much like the film, some like it hot. However, some of us don’t. We install a thermostatic mixing valve with every Aquafficient, allowing you to set the water temperature. We will also install a timer, allowing you to dictate when your Aquafficient will take its charge for complete control.

Physical Size

Conventional water systems, such as cylinders, are usually large and bulky. A hot water cylinder can often be in excess of six feet tall, taking up all of your airing cupboard. They also require extra valves and fixings, along with a relatively large expansion vessel.

As modern homes get smaller and smaller, reclaiming that extra space can be vital.

Our Aquafficient is half the height of the equivalent cylinder on average, allowing you to use the space in your home for more exciting things.

Removing your existing water system can be costly; however, we handle all of that for you. Our qualified electricians and plumbers will remove your cylinder, dispose of it and install your brand new Aquafficient all in one day.

Lifespan

If you are currently using a gas boiler to heat your water, you will be aware that gas boilers have a life span of around 10-15 years, providing they are regularly serviced and maintained. If you decide to keep your gas boiler for longer than this period, the efficiency may drop significantly.

Our Aquafficient has a life span of around 40,000 heating cycles, equivalent to 50 years of usage. It also requires zero servicing or maintenance, making it completely fit and forget.

You don’t even need to alter the controls on the unit once they are set to your preference!

Heat Storage

Hot water cylinders store water, and this water is then heated. Our Aquafficient uses a patented phase change material to store heat. The phase change material is a natural, salt based substance and can be recycled at the end of its life.

The phase change material is then surrounded by vacuum insulation panels, which is the main reason for the superior levels of heat loss from the Aquafficient.

What next?

If you are interested in our Aquafficient, you can request a free catalogue for more information, or request a free survey.

During the survey, our trained heating engineers will provide a free, no-obligation quote for your brand new Aquafficient.

Call us today on 0800 103 2700 to request your free catalogue.

Electric Heating Jargon Buster

Shopping for electric heating can be a difficult task. There are industry terms flying around, which some people do not know the definition of. But we want to make it as easy as possible for you! In our electric heating jargon buster, we cover terms we think you need to know the meaning of before purchasing a new electric heating system.

Technical Information

kW (wattage)

Another abbreviation you may have seen everywhere is “kW” which stands for kilowatt. Kilowatts are units of power and in the electrical heating world describe the power output of your heater.

The larger the number of kW, the more powerful the heater. This means the heater will heat your room to your desired temperature much quicker. There is no such thing as a heater that is too powerful; however, an undersized heater can affect both your comfort and electricity bills.

During our free no-obligation survey, our trained heating engineers, using precise calculations and factoring in any heat losses in your home, will decide which size of heater each room requires based on the kilowatt requirement.

IP Ratings

IP ratings are related to how well a product can withstand certain levels of solids or liquids.

IP stands for Ingress Protection. IPX4 is a rating that is often found in the electric heating world, as it is the most common rating for a bathroom heater. IPX4 protects your heater from “splashing water, no matter the direction,” making an IPX4 rated heater ideal for a bathroom.

The heater must then be within a certain zone, all based on the IP rating. For a heater rated IPX4, it must be installed at least 60cm away from a source of water.

Our Fischer bathroom heaters are IPX4 rated, meaning they are perfect for most bathrooms. One of our trained engineers will specify the right heater for your needs during our free, no obligation survey.

Lot20 Compliant

Lot20 is a legislation relating to energy using and energy related products. It is an attempt to reduce the UK’s energy consumption, which is vitally important, as the UK government have passed law that the UK must achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Electric heaters with digital, programmable thermostats are all Lot20 compliant, giving you complete peace of mind that the product you purchase is not an energy-guzzling monster!

Thankfully, all of our dynamic clay core heaters are Lot20 compliant, meaning you can buy with confidence.

Economy 7

Economy 7 is an electricity tariff that was created to work alongside night storage heaters, providing cheaper rate electricity overnight. Night storage heaters would then take a charge of electricity on this cheaper rate, letting out the heat during the day. However, night storage heaters have their downfalls.

Modern electric heaters don’t rely on Economy 7, allowing you to switch to a flat rate energy tariff and potentially reduce your electricity unit rate.

Warranties

Manufacturer’s Warranty

Many companies offer a warranty, but buying a heating system with a manufacturer’s warranty is very important.

Warranties come in all shapes and forms, but manufacturer warranties ensure that even if the company you purchase your heater from no longer exists, your warranty still stands with the manufacturer.

Different Types of Electric Heating

German Clay Core Heaters

RAL colour radiators

German clay core heaters are the modern alternative to night storage heaters. Manufactured with an internal clay core, they are usually thermostatically controlled for complete comfort. Rather than taking a charge of electricity overnight, they will instead have access to electricity 24/7, providing a comfortable level of heat whenever you need it.

Fischer dynamic clay core radiators are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, only 11cm in depth and available in a number of selected RAL colours. Manufactured to include a purpose built convection chamber in the back to aid in the distribution of heat and reduction of wasted heat, their sleek, modern design does not affect their efficiency.

Fischer dynamic clay core radiators are not only slimline – they also come with many other benefits.

They are also designed to be efficient and controllable for complete comfort and peace of mind, and have even had their efficiency tested and verified by BSRIA, BRE and EST.

Our dynamic clay core radiators also contain a patented 40mm chamotte clay core. Our 40mm clay core is double the thickness of the core found within many other electric radiators, which is usually around 20mm or less. Double the thickness, resulting in double the amount of heat storage, further improving your comfort.

Wi-Fi control options are also available, allowing you to control your heating from anywhere in the world. Utilising a smart thermostat and receiver, along with a smartphone app, you can set custom programs, temperatures and other heating scenarios at the touch of a button.

Infrared Heaters

Infrared heaters are very different to German clay core heaters in the way they heat. Instead of heating the room and the air within it, they heat the people and objects within the room.

Although this may make you feel warm, the fabric of the property will not be heated. However, in terms of design, they are much more discreet, usually in the form of an infrared panel, blending in with your existing décor.

However, infrared panels usually do not come with any controls. Controls instead have to be purchased separately.

Storage Heaters

Storage heaters, or night storage heaters, are another popular form of heating. They rely on Economy 7 to charge up overnight, then letting the heat out throughout the day.

But many users find they run out of heat in the mid to late afternoon, forcing them to utilise a secondary form of heating to stay warm.

They come with very basic controls, not allowing you to set a heating program or temperature. They are also notoriously heavy and bulky, and aren’t the best at evenly distributing heat throughout your room.

In fact, we recently wrote about storage heaters, their downfalls and how to replace them with a more modern, efficient alternative.

Control

Thermostat

A thermostat is a staple of heating control. Thermostats take a temperature reading from somewhere within the room. This temperature reading is then used to decide when your heater needs to come on.

This is usually based on a heating program/schedule, and the thermostat will allow you to set different temperature settings for different times of the day.

Wireless thermostats are preferable. Built in thermostats offer the functionality of programming and temperature control, however they take a temperature reading at the warmest part of the room – right next to the heater.

Wireless thermostats take a temperature reading from wherever the thermostat is positioned, allowing you to control the temperature where you are sat in the room for complete comfort.

App Enabled / Wi-Fi controlled

App enabled/Wi-Fi controlled thermostats allow you to control your heating from anywhere in the world, providing you have access to the internet.

Most Wi-Fi heating apps allow you to change your program, amend temperature settings and even monitor the electricity consumption of your heating system. It’s also ideal for landlords and those with holiday lets, as you can override any changes your tenants make from within the app.

Fischer dynamic clay core heaters are available with Wi-Fi controls, giving you complete control.

Individual Room Control

Individual room control refers to the ability to control your heating in each room, rather than using a central thermostat (such as with central heating).

With a central thermostat, the only room that will ever reach your desired temperature is the room in which the thermostat is located. By utilising individual room control, you can be in full control of your heating, ensuring every room is at the exact temperature you desire.

Most electric heaters provide individual room control, including Fischer dynamic clay core heaters.

Best Electric radiators

What are the best electric radiators

Domestic heating is a highly important industry within the UK. The average UK household uses 10,000 kWh of energy annually for space heating. As a country, we rely on heating for at least 260 days in a year. Gas boilers were a popular solution, but on account of the UK Government pushing for net zero carbon and urging citizens to heat their homes with low-carbon alternatives; UK consumers are looking for efficient and eco-friendly alternatives. Electric radiators are a popular choice for consumers currently using night-storage heaters. 

 

Consumers currently heating their homes with gas or oil are in favour of eco electric radiators. But with so many brands and models of radiators on the market. What are the best electric radiators in the UK? 

 

What is an electric radiator? 

The typical electric radiator radiates heat stored within a heat-retaining medium, usually a thermal fluid or ceramic. Electric panel radiators on the other hand use convection (heating the air circulating within an enclosed area). 

 

Most electric radiators simply plug into a socket and are easy to install. An efficient electric radiator will utilise conducted heat, convected heat, radiant heat and stored heat. Night storage radiators have bricks within them to store heat. But modern electric radiators use better heat-retaining materials like chamotte clay-core

Storage radiator

What are the benefits of electric heating? 

There are numerous solutions within the electric heating space (electric radiators, electric boilers, electric water heaters, heat pumps etc). 

 

Unlike gas or oil boilers, electric heating has low-maintenance costs and does not require annual servicing. 

 

A key feature of electric heating is controllability. With modern electric heating systems, you usually receive smart heating controls. You could also control your electric heating through Wi-Fi, using an app. 

 

On account of the absence of fossil fuels and emissions, electric heating also improves your home air quality. 

 

Electric heating has no primary carbon footprint. Using efficient electric radiators will help the UK achieve net zero carbon. Electric heating is the most viable, efficient and safe low-carbon heating solution (currently on the market).

Electricity generation in the UK still utilises fossil fuels. So, is electric heating actually better for the environment as compared to gas or oil heating? The simple answer, YES! The UK’s domestic gas boilers emit twice as much CO2 as all the power stations.

Conservatory radiator

Are electric radiators energy efficient? 

All electric radiators are 100% efficient. It converts all the energy drawn into heat. An electric radiator working on 100% efficiency will draw 1kW of energy to give out 1kW of heat within the room. 

 

Electric radiators specified to your home’s heating requirements can be energy saving. The main attribute of energy efficient electric radiators is room-by-room controllability. Any energy saving and efficient electric radiator should be individually thermostatically controlled. This allows you to heat the most frequented areas of your home, whilst not wasting energy by heating the rooms which are not in use.

 

Currently, electricity is more expensive than gas. But this may soon change in light of the UK’s Net Zero Carbon target by 2050. Recently, gas prices have soared by 250%. A main reason why electricity is so much more expensive than gas is on account of the higher levies (green levies) applied on electricity, as compared to gas (23% VS 3%). Although, these levies are being reviewed as the UK’s electricity generation is becoming greener year after year. Over the last 5 years, our share of electricity being generated by renewables has increased by 20%. 

Sustainable technology

Benefits of electric radiators.

Electric radiators heat up much quicker than a domestic gas or oil central heating system and benefit from being 100% efficient at the point of use. They also have lower maintenance costs. With no moving parts within them, there is a low-chance of failure or faults. 

 

They are a popular choice for many UK consumers on account of the easy installation. Most electric radiators can be installed by simply plugging them into a socket. They don’t need any obtrusive pipes, which makes the installation process much quicker and cheaper. 

 

Electric radiators will increase the efficiency of your home by reducing your home’s carbon footprint.

 

Many homes around the UK are not connected to a gas network. For those homes, electric radiators are the perfect heating solution.

Energy efficient radiator

Which is the best electric radiator in the UK?

Key considerations when choosing an electric radiator for your home: 

 Energy efficiency 

 Energy saving

 Easy to install 

 Eco-friendly 

 Superior manufacturing 

 Trustworthy brand 

 

 Fischer electric radiators VS night-storage heaters. 

 Disadvantages of night storage heaters: 

 

Inefficient (compared to modern electric radiators)

 Lack of controllability. 

 Does not fit the décor of many UK homes (can be an eye-sore in modern homes).

 Cannot be remotely controlled. 

 Poor retention and distribution of heat. 

 High electrical input (not economical).

Night storage heater

We at Fischer Future Heat have been manufacturing dynamic clay-core radiators for over 70 years. With superior German manufacturing standards, our electric radiators are hand-made! Our electric radiators utilise traditional manufacturing whilst using modern and highly efficient technology. Ours are the only electric radiators on the market with a 40mm chamotte clay-core, for better heat retention. 

 

Our smart electric radiators use convected heat, radiant heat, conducted heat and stored heat. With their large fluting and patented convection chamber; they heat your room from the floor to the ceiling. This helps in eliminating cold spots, which are a major issue with night-storage heaters. Our electric radiators have also been tested and verified by independent bodies like the EST(Energy Saving Trust), BSRIA(Building Services Research and Information Association) and BRE(Building Research Establishment). 

 

Our efficient electric radiators are easy to install. The radiator plugs into a 13Amp socket or fuse. They are slimline and measure only 11cm in depth. Unlike night storage heaters, our radiators have a unique design which is the perfect fit for traditional or contemporary homes. They are also available in select RAL colours, to match the existing décor of your home. 

RAL colour radiators

We at Fischer provide free installation as standard. We also provide a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty and a 100% heating guarantee with all our radiators. The heating guarantee assures that our radiators will heat your room to 21 degrees C and if they don’t, we will replace the radiator, free of charge! 

 

Fischer dynamic clay-core radiators allow room-by-room controllability using our exclusive wireless thermostat (which is easy to use). They can also be controlled using Wi-Fi (as an add-on feature) – allowing you to be in control of your heating even when you are on holiday. 

 

The radiators are compatible with economy-7 and other renewable energy sources like Solar PV – making our efficient electric radiators a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. We have installed over quarter of a million radiators in UK homes and with thousands of positive customer reviews on TrustPilotand Feefo; We should be your first choice when opting to switch to electric heating. 

Wireless thermostat for radiators

How do I choose the right size electric heater?

 Choosing the right size of electric heater for the rooms in your home is vital. If not done correctly, this may affect the energy efficiency of the heater and could potentially cause a massive spike in energy bills. So how do you calculate the perfect size of electric heaters for your home? 

 

We take care of this for you. We offer a free, no-obligation survey. During the survey our trained heating engineer assesses your heating requirements, takes into account characteristics and specifications of the rooms in your home (along with heat losses) and will calculate the most appropriate size of the radiator/radiators; tailored to your home. 

Fischer customer service

Are electric heaters easy to install?

After the survey, we will manufacture your radiators in our factory in Germany. Our skilled team of installers will take care of the rest. The installation process is quick, clean and efficient. “Throughout the installation, the fitters were quick, efficient and tidy, they explained the system operation in a clear and concise manner, the handbook that they left is equally clear and easy to understand…”- TrustPilot review, 2021.  

 

If you are looking to replace your old and inefficient heating, our electric radiators are the efficient, eco-friendly and modern solution for your heating needs. 

 

Click the link to request your free brochure, and enjoy reliable and sustainable heating today! 

Replacing Storage Heaters

Many of us have lived with storage heaters at one point in our lives, and most of us have probably found their lack of controllability and inability to effectively distribute heat quite challenging. If you are looking at replacing your storage heaters, our go-to guide provides all the answers.

How do storage heaters work?

Invented in the late 1940’s, storage heaters are designed to take a charge of electricity overnight on a cheap rate tariff such as Economy 7. They are then supposed to let the heat out gradually throughout the day, keeping you warm until the following night.

Why replace your storage heaters?

Not enough heat when you need it

Although storage heaters are intended to heat your home all day from a single charge, many people find their storage heaters run out of heat by mid-afternoon, forcing them to seek a secondary form of heating.

Storage heaters also lose an extremely high percentage of their heat from the back, which does not end up heating the room in which the heater is installed. For this reason, when storage heaters are removed, the wall behind them is often burnt or damaged from years of exposure to high levels of heat.

Using two heating systems to heat your home once is not efficient, and in the end may be costly to run. There are now much better alternatives available on the market, which deliver the controllability and comfort you deserve.

Lack of controllability

All storage heaters rely on guesswork, regardless of whether they have a manual or digital control.

As storage heaters work by taking a charge overnight, and cannot be charged at any other time, you must decide the night before as to whether you will need heating the following day.

Weather forecasts are notoriously inaccurate, meaning you could wake up on a nice, warm day with your heating system at full capacity. Many users will then open windows and doors in an attempt to cool the storage heater down at a quicker rate, but this is a complete waste of energy and money.

The manual controls on storage heaters are also very simple. They are usually in the form of a small dial, working on a scale of 1 to 5 – numbers that do not refer to any temperature. Instead, this dial controls a small vent on top of the heater. The higher the number on the dial, the more open the vent becomes. No thermostat, no programming, no temperature settings.

Make the switch

Storage heaters are still manufactured to this day; however, there are much more efficient alternatives now available on the market. This ranges from electric boilers, to modern electric heaters.

Fischer dynamic clay core heaters are the ideal replacement for your outdated night storage heaters. Manufactured in Germany, with a wireless, fully programmable thermostat, they are the only German radiator with a single 40mm chamotte clay core.

Electric heaters as an alternative to storage heaters

Increased control

As we mentioned, night storage heaters offer little to no control. With most modern electric heaters, you can be in complete control of your heating. With many offering a digital, programmable thermostat, you can set a heating schedule up to 7 days in advance, whilst also allowing you to set exact temperatures.

However, a wireless thermostat is always preferable. Built in thermostats offer the functionality of programming and temperature control, however they take a temperature reading at the warmest part of the room – right next to the heater.

Wireless thermostats take a temperature reading from wherever the thermostat is positioned, allowing you to control the temperature where you are sat in the room for complete comfort.

More flexibility

Not only do modern electric heaters offer more controllability, they allow you the flexibility of switching on your heating whenever you need it.

With night storage heaters, you are reliant on a tariff that is only in use overnight. This means that if you decide not to switch your heaters on the day before, you’re in trouble.

With modern electric heaters, if you’re feeling unexpectedly chilly, a touch of a button will have you feeling toasty and warm within a relatively short period of time.

Warmer faster

Outdated storage heaters take a full 7 hours to charge to their full capacity. Modern electric radiators, such as the Fischer dynamic clay core heaters, will get your room up to your preferred temperature in far less time – sometimes just as little as 45 minutes.

Even heat distribution

Another issue associated with storage heaters is an uneven distribution of heat. Many users find they constantly live with cold feet, as the radiant heat from their storage heater has risen to the ceiling.

Fischer dynamic clay core radiators offer an even temperature all throughout the room. In fact, the BSRIA test of our heaters found only a 0.5-degree temperature difference from floor to ceiling.

How do you replace storage heaters?

Change your energy tariff

Storage heaters aren’t a viable option without an Economy 7 (or Economy 10) tariff, as they rely on the cheap night rate. However, modern electric heaters have access to electricity throughout the day, so it’s important to ensure you are on the most cost effective tariff available.

Many people opt for a single rate tariff – charging the same rate through the day and night. This usually results in a cheaper rate throughout the day than Economy 7. And because modern electric heaters don’t rely on an overnight charge, this often works out cheaper.

Book a free survey for your replacement

Heating is not one-size-fits-all. You can purchase a heater of any size, but it may not be adequate to heat your room. For this reason, a survey from a trained professional is always the best approach.

Historically, a “large” storage heater was installed in a “large” room, but they were often over or undersized.

By having a survey carried out on your property, you can be sure that the correct size heater is installed to efficiently heat your room, whilst also providing you with complete peace of mind.

At Fischer, we offer a free, no-obligation survey with one of our trained engineers. Call us now on 0800 103 2700 to request your free survey.

Installation and removal of old storage heaters

In order to accommodate your new electric radiators, you will of course need to remove your existing system. This can be tricky, as storage heaters are notoriously bulky and extremely heavy. Your socket will then need to converted to a 24-hour supply by a qualified electrician.

Here at Fischer, we can do all of this for you. Our team of qualified electricians will dismantle, remove and discard your existing storage heater, and sort out all of the electrical work for you.

Program your thermostat

As we mentioned, your new electric heating system will come with a thermostat. This thermostat will allow you to set a custom heating program, but you’ll need to decide on the times you would like the heaters to be on.

Once again, our team of qualified electricians will guide you through how to use our thermostat, along with setting your initial program. We will also leave you with a simple-to-follow instruction manual, just in case you need it in the future!

Request your free brochure now to find out more about our dynamic clay core heaters.

Electric Combi Boilers: What are the advantages?

The UK government has made their intentions clear – gas is not a fuel of the future. From 2025, the installation of gas boilers has been banned in all new properties, and from 2035, the government intends to ban the sale and installation of gas boilers altogether.

These bans are forcing homeowners to seek cleaner, greener alternatives, such as electric combi boilers.

Alongside the gas boiler ban, the UK also became the first major economy to pass a law, which states we must achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The world was recently witness to COP26 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference, hosted in Glasgow, Scotland. Over 100 countries agreed on a number of further preventative measures in an attempt to curb climate change. Along with plans to end deforestation by 2030, schemes were introduced to cut 30% of current methane emissions – another harmful greenhouse gas emitted when burning fossil fuels.

The world is finally waking up to climate change, and now is the time to do your bit! One of the easiest steps to take is switching to cleaner heating.

We look at the advantages of electric combi boilers, helping you make a decision on your heating system of the future.

What is an electric combi boiler?

Combi, or combination, boilers provide both heating and hot water to your home. Within a gas combi boiler, a burner is used to heat water on demand.

Within an electric combi boiler, an element is used to heat a tank of water. The tank is located inside the boiler itself. The heated water is then distributed around your heating system, providing heat to your radiators. Water is also distributed to your baths, showers and taps (usually from a secondary tank of heated water).

Gas combi boilers are able to provide almost an unlimited amount of hot water, as long as there is a gas supply, due to the fact they do not rely on any level of stored water. However, electric combi boilers have their limitations because they do rely on stored water.

For properties with a smaller water requirement, an electric combi boiler is the perfect solution. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t an option for properties with a larger water requirement!

What are the advantages of an electric combi boiler?

Along with being better for the environment (providing they are powered by a renewable energy source), there are a number of other advantages to electric combi boilers.

One of the major benefits with electric combi boilers over gas combi boilers is their efficiency. All electric heating appliances are 100% efficient at the point of use – converting 100% of the energy they consume into heat. Gas boilers are usually around 90-95% efficient when installed, but lose efficiency over time. In fact, a gas boiler that is over 25 years old can be as little as 60% efficient.

Every gas boiler requires a yearly service to maintain your guarantee and ensure the boiler is working safely.

Many gas boiler users opt to pay a monthly “maintenance” fee to a company who will promise to service and maintain your boiler, which can be as much as £25 a month.

Most electric boilers don’t require a yearly service or any maintenance at all, saving valuable time and money.

Another one of the main risks associated with a gas boiler installation is the possibility of a carbon monoxide. Although occurrences are rare, a carbon monoxide leak is potentially fatal.

By removing your gas boiler and replacing it with an electric boiler, your risk of a carbon monoxide leak is significantly reduced, as electric boilers rely solely on electricity.

Any electrical heating appliance can also utilise power generated by solar panels. Some boilers are even compatible with a “solar diverter,” which redirects any excess energy (that would otherwise be exported to the grid) to your boiler.

How do I know what size electric combi boiler I need?

Sizing a boiler, gas or electric, is all based on how many watts of heating your property requires per square metre. This all depends on the level of heat loss in your property, which is ultimately down to how well insulated your home is. Modern homes are built to a higher standard than those built in the past, meaning your watts/sqm requirement is instantly lower.

The higher the insulation, the lower the heat loss, which means your property will require less watts of heating per square metre. Simple!

Heating is not one size fits all, and that also applies to electric boilers. To ensure you install the correct size electric boiler, your heating requirements need to be assessed by someone who is trained to do so.

Our trained heating engineers are able to advise you on which size boiler you need, and subsequently provide you with a quote.

Call us today on 0800 103 2700 to book your free, no-obligation survey.

Not ready for a survey just yet? Request a free catalogue now.

Are electric combi boilers expensive to run?

Currently, gas is a cheaper fuel to buy than electricity by the unit. However, the government are planning to gradually move the current levies paid on electricity over to gas, bringing the difference in cost down by a significant amount. The wholesale price of gas is also on the rise, further adding to the price. However, the real cost of heating is not only your energy bill.

Burning fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, releases greenhouses gases in to our atmosphere. These greenhouse gases hold on to the heat that enters our atmosphere, contributing towards an overall rise in the Earth’s temperature, causing ice caps to melt and impacting the global population’s health and welfare.

Can an electric combi boiler fill a bath?

The simple answer is yes, but there are a few situations where you may not.

Due to the way a gas combi boiler works, they can provide an almost infinite amount of hot water. This is mainly due to the way they heat water – on demand.

Gas boilers use a gas supply to fire a burner, which heats water when it’s called for. Electric combi boilers cannot work in the same way. They instead work by storing hot water to be used when you need it. For this reason, there is a limit to how much hot water your electric combi boiler can provide.

However, you should still be able to fill an average sized bath with your electric combi boiler. For homes with a very large or Jacuzzi style bath, you may struggle.

For properties with a higher water requirement, it is advisable to install a heating only boiler and separate hot water system, which will be capable of providing much greater amounts of hot water.

Electric combi features

Although this depends on which boiler you choose to install, most electric combi boilers don’t require a scheduled yearly service. The main common feature is the ability to do away with fossil fuels and join us on the road to zero carbon.

The Fischer Electric Boiler

Best Electric Boilers

Our boilers have serviced the heavy demand commercial sector for over 50 years. Now adapted for your home, Fischer EB has been designed to ensure durability and efficiency. No servicing or maintenance is required.

By using a nickel-iron-chromium alloy, with the addition of molybdenum, copper and titanium – Fischer electric boilers provide high levels of resistance to a large number of corrosive environments.

Due to its low emissions, Fischer EB does not need a combustion tank or chimney.

The boiler is equipped with two independent tanks, insulated with 10mm of icolem. One tank is for hot water, with a capacity of 100L, manufactured in AISI316L stainless steel, designed to work up to 70c. There is also an in-built expansion vessel.

Due to the volume of water contained in the tank, you can remove your existing system boiler and hot water cylinder, and simply replace them with one single Fischer EB.

The second tank is carbon steel and is part of a closed circuit for heating, designed to work up to 90c, also with its own expansion vessel.

Our boilers are also available as heat only, allowing you to install either an Aquafficient or Aquafficient Eco+ for your hot water supply.

Much like our duo boilers, our heating only boiler doesn’t require a scheduled yearly service, and both options come with a 10-year warranty for complete peace of mind.

Manufactured as standard with a wireless thermostat, you can be in full control of your heating from anywhere within your home.

By keeping your existing radiators, we can quickly and efficiently replace your existing boiler, allowing a seamless, mess-free change over from an existing boiler.

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Best Electric Boilers 2021

The UK Govt. has announced the ban of gas boilers in all new homes by 2025. If you do currently use gas central heating, you may be searching for a viable alternative. This article details the Best Electric Boiler/ Boilers you can buy in 2021. Following the gas boiler ban, the Government has also stated that by 2035, the use of gas for domestic heating will be phased out completely. As a country we have been so reliant on gas, especially as gas was so cheap by virtue of the North Sea. 

With gas prices on the rise, coupled with the gas boiler ban; UK consumers are frantically searching for modern, efficient and eco-friendly alternatives to gas boilers. But this isn’t an easy task! With every heating company claiming their products are the best on the market; How do you choose the best heating solution for your home? If you already use gas central heating, it would be logical and easier to switch to an electric boiler. But this raises another question- Which electric boiler should you install in your home? 

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What is an electric boiler? 

An electric boiler works with the same principle as a gas/oil boiler, but it uses electricity as an energy source rather than the combustion of fossil fuels. Millions of homes around the UK have boilers that burn gas or oil in order to produce heat. This heat generated, in turn heats the water, the hot water is stored in a tank and flows through pipes- providing space-heating via wet radiators. 

Unlike fossil fuel boilers, electric boilers are 100% efficient at the point of use. This means if you pay for 1kW of electricity, you will receive 1kW of heat. With the UK moving to cleaner and sustainable sources of energy; now may be the perfect time to replace your old, inefficient gas or oil boilers and replace it with a modern electric one. This solution is perfect for those homes in the UK that are not connected to a gas network as well. 

 

Why choose an electric boiler over a gas boiler? 

 Disadvantages of gas boilers: 

Higher upfront costs– Installing a gas boiler can be expensive. Some may find the boiler itself expensive, and for new installations, gas lines will have to be installed (which could cost you a pretty penny). When you add in the costs of maintenance (ideally every year); gas boilers may not be as cheap of a heating solution as one may think. Many UK consumers have relied on gas for decades (mainly on account of the cheaper fuel price). Recently,gas prices soared by 250%.

Risk of gas leaks– Gas is transported via pipes from the supply to the boiler. If the gas lines that are transporting the gas from the supply to the boiler happen to leak, your home can become a very dangerous place to be. A gas leak isn’t toxic to breathe in, but it is highly combustible. This means there is a high chance of an explosion if there is a gas leak. 

Inefficient– Although modern gas boilers are more efficient compared to older models; gas boilers are not as efficient as electric boilers. For a gas boiler to produce 1kW of heat in your radiators, it would need up to 2.5kW of gas to be burned. 

Bad for the environment– The main reason behind the gas boiler ban is the large amounts of carbon it releases into the atmosphere when burned. Domestic heating accounts for 14% of the UK’s total emissions. When you include industrial processes, this totals 37% of the UK’s carbon emissions. Electricity generation using fossil fuels has a major carbon footprint, but domestic gas boilers emit twice as much CO2 as all power stations in the UK.  In order to meet our country’s net zero carbon target, it is important to phase-out the use of gas (especially for domestic heating). 

Advantages of electric boilers: 

 Space-saving– Modern electric boilers save valuable space in your home. Many electric boilers have a tank within them. The electric combi-boiler for example uses its heating element to provide you with hot water when you need it and is often the cheapest and easiest type of electric boiler to install. There is not a storage system with this type of boiler, so the water is heated on demand, saving you space.

Energy efficient– As mentioned earlier, electric boilers and electric heating is 100% efficient at the point of use. 100% of the power delivered from the mains supply ends up as heat within the home. It would be illogical to use electricity elsewhere (for example: to generate hydrogen), as that process will not be 100% efficient.

Lower maintenance costs– Because electric boilers operate in a much more straightforward way than a gas or oil boiler, there is far less to go wrong. This means electric boilers tend to be much more reliable and require less maintenance during their lifespan.

Eco-friendly– Electric boilers have no primary carbon footprint. It does have a secondary carbon footprint, but with more and more electricity being generated from renewable sources; this is decreasing. Over the last 5 years, our (the UK’s) share of electricity being generated from renewables has increased by 20%.  

No risk of fuel leaks– Electric boilers do not ignite fossil fuels to generate heat. They use electricity to heat an element which in turn heats water. With no requirement for fossil fuels, there are no risks of fuel leaks. 

 

How does an electric boiler work? 

 The principle that electric boilers operate on is fairly simple. The boilers operate by having running water pass through a heated element. This element is heated by electricity. Once the water is heated, it passes through the rest of your home’s heating system (wet radiators or underfloor heating), warming your home to an optimal temperature. 

 

Types of electric boilers. 

 Electric combi boilers 

A combi-boiler is by far the most popular type of boiler on the market. It is also called a direct system because it provides both hot water and central heating. These boilers facilitate easy and instant control of the heating in your home. A combi-boiler uses a heating element to heat up water on demand. 

Storage boilers

Storage boilers are a great choice for consumers on an economy-7 energy tariff. Evident from the name itself, storage boilers store hot water in a water tank. Utilising the cheaper night-time tariff to heat the water in the tank; this can be a cost-effective solution for some customers. 

 Dry core storage boilers 

 These boilers work on a similar principle of storage boilers. A dry-core electric storage boiler works by heating the bricks of your home overnight. The heat from the bricks is then released into the water tank where it can then be used for central heating or hot water.

 Electric CPSU 

 The combined primary storage unit is a great option for homes with a high demand for hot water. This type of boiler stores a large amount of hot water, which means this solution can provide hot water much quicker than other solutions. 

 Solar compatible boilers

 These types of boilers have an immersion heater that can be connected to solar panels. Relying partially on solar energy, this is a sustainable and environment-friendly choice. 

 

 What makes a boiler the Best Electric Boiler on the market? 

 High quality components and manufacturing:

 As with any technological solution, you should always choose a product with high-quality manufacturing. A boiler that uses traditional manufacturing whilst utilising the latest technology; is a boiler you should install in your home. A well-made boiler will last you decades (if maintained properly). With a great focus laid on sustainable energy in recent times, it would be worthwhile investing in an electric boiler that is Solar PV compatible. 

 Reliable brand:

 You should always choose a reliable brand, especially for domestic heating. You need a company that not only offers high-quality boilers, but also provides highly-rated customer service. Consumers please do your research! Platforms like TrustPilot and Feefo provide verified customer reviews. Reading through reviews of past customers is a great way of establishing the quality of service of a company. 

 Low failure rates and quick recovery time:

 Various corrosion mechanisms contribute to boiler failure. Stress corrosion may result in either intercrystalline or transgranular cracking of carbon steel. It is caused by a combination of metal stress and the presence of a corrosive. The quick recovery boilers have a special high-performance heat exchanger which reduces boiler cycling and maximizes the time the boiler can operate in condensing mode. When choosing an electric boiler, be mindful of the failure rate and recovery time. 

Complete control:

 A key feature for every efficient heating solution is control. Without being able to control your heating, you may end up using energy inefficiently. This will also increase running costs. You should choose a boiler which enables you to be in full control of the heating. It is preferable to have a wireless thermostat along with a boiler, to enable you to control your heating from any room in your home. 

 Long lasting and manufacturer’s warranty:

 A good quality electric boiler should have an average lifespan of over 20 years. You should choose a company that provides you with at least a 5-year warranty. This will provide you with an added sense of security, knowing that your boiler is covered in the event of a breakdown or fault. If a fault or breakdown occurs with your boiler during its warranty period, the manufacturer should organize a repair or replacement.

The Best Electric Boilers 2021 should have all the attributes stated above. 

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Need a new boiler? Choose Fischer! 

 Here at Fischer Future Heat we manufacture and install home heating solutions, and have been doing it for over 70 years. Apart from our popular dynamic clay-core radiators, we also manufacture and install 100% electric boilers.

Fischer has different models of electric boilers, to accommodate the heating requirements of a wide range of consumers (Fischer electric Duo boiler- available in a floor-standing or wall-mounted version and the Fischer electric heating-only boiler). 

Fischer electric boilers are built with the future in mind. With no need for external water tanks or cylinders, the Fischer EB is a modern and efficient heating solution to replace your outdated heating. Made from AISI 316L steel, Fischer EB is built to last and simple to operate. And with no additional need for servicing, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing there is no risk of your boiler breaking down.

Fischer electric boilers come with an exclusive wireless thermostat as standard. This enables you to be in full control of your heating. No wasted heat, no wasted energy and no more panicking when the weather takes a turn for the worse. At the touch of a button, you will experience the warmth and comfort of Fischer EB.

If you are currently heating your home via gas central heating, Fischer electric boilers are a more efficient and safer alternative. It is the future of domestic heating. They have an average lifespan of over 20 years. They also have a very low failure rate- this product is built to last! It is half the size of an average cylinder. The Fischer electric duo boiler is an all-in-one solution. It provides both heating and hot water within your home. The Fischer electric heating-only boiler on the other hand is a great choice for customers who prefer keeping their space and water heating separate. The heating-only boiler can be used in conjunction with the Aquafficient(a space-saving water heater using patented thermal storage technology) or the Aquafficient Eco+(an air-source water heater). 

Best Electric Boilers

Fischer boilers are handmade, ensuring a high-quality output. Not only do Fischer manufacture and install a highly efficient and superior product, they are rated highly on verified customer review sites like TrustPilotand Feefo. They offer a 10-year warranty on their boilers, which is much higher than the industry standard. Fischer has also received the Feefo Platinum Service award this year (2021), for their dedication to complete customer satisfaction. 

Fischer has always advocated low-carbon heating solutions. Fischer boilers are Solar PV compatible. With the UK Govt. pushing for net zero carbon by 2050; we soon need to make the switch from gas to electric. Continuing using fossil fuels will not only have a detrimental effect on the planet but also pose a great risk to our posterity. 

With over 250,000 heating solutions installed in UK homes, if and when you are making the switch, Fischer should be your first choice. THINK ELECTRIC. THINK FISCHER.

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What are the Best Alternatives to Gas boilers?

With the UK government’s focus set on phasing out gas boilers and working towards carbon net zero now is the perfect time to consider the alternatives to gas boilers. In this guide, we take a look at your options, along with the benefits of each to find out what are the best alternatives to gas boilers.

Why consider alternatives to gas boilers?

Although gas boilers are extremely popular, with over 1.7 million installed in the UK in 2019 alone, many people underestimate their impact on the environment. Switching to a cleaner alternative will reduce your carbon footprint, and help the UK on the road to zero carbon.

In fact, a recent study showed that “the millions of gas boilers in the UK’s homes produce twice as much climate-heating carbon emissions as all the nation’s gas-fired power stations combined.”

We must also consider the fact that no gas boiler is 100% efficient. Modern boilers are usually over 90% efficient. If we take a 92% efficient gas boiler as an example, this means that 92% of the energy used by the boiler goes towards heating the home, while 8% of the energy is lost.

However, “boilers over 25 years old can be as little as 60% efficient.” This would mean that 40% of the energy used by the boiler is never used to heat your home and is instead completely wasted.

With about 60% of your energy bill (on average) going towards heating your home, it is imperative that your heating system is efficient in order to reduce wastage and unneeded expenditure on energy.

Why go green?

The UK government has already set a date for banning the installation of gas boilers in new properties. From 2025, it will not be possible to install a gas boiler in any new home, and the goal for an outright ban on all gas boiler sales is currently set at 2035.

The earth’s temperature has risen by 0.14 degrees centigrade per decade since 1880. 2020 was the second warmest year on record based on NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) temperature data.

A rise in the earth’s temperature has a negative impact on a number of factors, such as temperature related illnesses, melting ice caps and an increased amount of crop failure.

But why is the earth’s temperature rising? Mainly due to the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which hold on to heat. Carbon dioxide is one of many greenhouse gases, and is released when we burn fossil fuels to power and heat our homes and industry.

What are the alternatives to gas boilers?

Electric Boilers

Electric boilers are a cleaner, more efficient alternative to gas boilers. All electrical heating appliances are 100% efficient, in that they convert 100% of the energy they use into heat, meaning there is no energy wastage at the point of use.

Gas combination (or combi) boilers use a burner to heat water as and when it is called for. With an electric boiler, as there is no gas supply required, thus no flame, an element is usually used instead. This element will either heat water on demand, or keep a level of water stored within a small tank.

Although this may mean that an electric boiler is physically larger, it reduces your carbon footprint by removing the harmful fossil fuel.

The Fischer Electric Boiler (EB) is available as both a duo (electric alternative to combi) and a heating only boiler, which allows you to separate your heating and hot water systems and invest in a more efficient alternative for bathing etc.

Offered with a wireless thermostat for heating control as standard, you can be in full control of your heating from anywhere within your home.

The duo boiler is equipped with two independent tanks, both insulated with 10mm of icolem insulation. One tank is for hot water, with a capacity of 100L, manufactured in AISI316L stainless steel, designed to work up to 70c. There is also an in-built expansion vessel, saving on valuable space within your home.

Due to the volume of water contained in the tank, you can remove your existing system boiler and hot water cylinder, and simply replace them with one single Fischer EB.

The second tank is carbon steel and is part of a closed circuit for heating, designed to work up to 90c, also with its own expansion vessel.

However, with all central heating systems, you are reliant on one central thermostat. This thermostat is usually located in the hallway, meaning that you are unable to control your heating per room.

Electric space heating

With most central heating systems, you are reliant on one central thermostat. This does not allow room-by-room control, meaning your whole home is set to work on one temperature.

Although this does give you an element of control, most people do not want their bedrooms to be at the same temperature as their living spaces. The same applies to many other areas of your home.

Individual electric radiators offer you the ability to control the temperature of each room individually, often with wireless thermostats. They are also 100% efficient, as they are electrical heating appliances.

Historically, people have opted to install night storage heaters in their homes, especially where utilising mains gas is not possible. However, night storage heaters come with their downsides too. They are often bulky and unattractive (especially the older models), lose a lot of heat from the back and offer even less control than central heating systems.

Fischer dynamic clay core radiators are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, only 11cm in depth and available in a number of selected RAL colours. Manufactured to include a purpose built convection chamber in the back to aid in the distribution of heat and reduction of wasted heat, their sleek, modern design does not affect their efficiency.

Fischer dynamic clay core radiators are not only slimline – they also come with many other benefits.

They are also designed to be efficient and controllable for complete comfort and peace of mind, and have even had their efficiency tested and verified by BSRIA, BRE and EST.

Our dynamic clay core radiators also contain a patented 40mm chamotte clay core. Our 40mm clay core is double the thickness of the core found within many other electric radiators, which is usually around 20mm or less. Double the thickness, resulting in double the amount of heat storage, further improving your comfort.

Wi-Fi control options are also available, allowing you to control your heating from anywhere in the world. Utilising a smart thermostat and receiver, along with a smartphone app, you can set custom programs, temperatures and other heating scenarios at the touch of a button.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps are all the rage, with the government even offering money towards certain heat pump installations.

An air source heat pump works on the premise of taking in air, extracting the heat, sending that heat into a refrigerant and generating further warmth through compressing said refrigerant.

The air is inducted through an external fan, which sits outside of your home. The external fan unit is usually rather large, causing issues when it comes to choosing a position for its installation. They are also notoriously noisy, causing disruption to a summer barbecue or garden party.

With that said, there are some concerns within the heating industry when it comes to air source heat pumps.

A modern gas, oil or electric boiler will provide hot water to your heating system at 75-85 degrees centigrade. An air source heat pump will provide hot water your heating system at around 35-40 degrees, a significant difference.

Even with the supplementary element kicking in, the maximum temperature output for a heating loop from an air source heat pump is around 65 degrees. Even the warmest of people would notice a significant difference in temperature between an air source heat pump and a boiler.

In addition, the kW requirement of an air source heat pump is often in excess of 10kW, meaning it can be difficult to find enough spare electrical load to allow for installation.

A high level of insulation is also vital for improving the efficiency of an air source heat pump, something that many homes within the UK are lacking.

In fact, a recent report by the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) states that a “majority of UK homes are not suitable for a heat pump.”

However, hot water is required 365 days a year and air source technology is an excellent option for heating your water.

Air source water heaters can actually be two to three times more energy efficient than a conventional water cylinder.

Our Aquafficient Eco+ is an air source water heater, and it is ideal for most homes in the UK.

Thanks for the special design of the compressor, hot water is available at 60 degrees centigrade and with a power requirement of less than 10-amps, the Aquafficient Eco+ requires only a standard 13-amp socket to install.

Aquafficient Eco+ also contains an automatic anti-legionella disinfection system, which activates once a week to remove the risk of legionella bacteria. It can also be installed alongside our heating only boiler, allowing you heat both your home and water efficiently.

You can of course use the Aquafficient Eco+ as a stand-alone hot water system, or even combine it with Fischer dynamic clay core radiators. The opportunities are endless (almost!)

Wall mounted and floor standing options are available, and the unit can be installed in a loft where possible, ensuring you save valuable space within your home.

Solar & Battery

Although solar panels are not a form of heating themselves, they can be utilised to work alongside any electric heating system.

There are two main types of solar panels – solar PV and solar thermal.

Solar PV works on the premise of converting sunlight into energy, which is then distributed to any electrical appliance within your home. Solar thermal works by heating water directly on the roof, and then using this heated water for your hot water cylinder.

With an electric boiler or electric radiators, this solar energy can be used instead of energy drawn from the grid, further reducing your carbon footprint.

A solar diverter can also be added to most hot water systems. The diverter acts by rerouting any excess solar energy to your hot water system, energy that would have otherwise been sent back to the grid for little or no return.

Our Aquafficient is available as an AquafficientSolar, installed with a solar diverter as standard.

Aquafficient is a modern, efficient and reliable way to hear your water. Utilising a 2.8kW heating element and patented thermal storage technology, the Aquafficient unit provides hot water on demand, without the need for huge amounts of water storage. No yearly maintenance is required, taking away the stress and expense of finding a plumber to check over your system once a year.

There is also no requirement for a water discharge pipe, meaning the installation of the Aquafficient is stress free and mess free, even in smaller or more difficult to access areas of your home.

Manufactured specially for Fischer Future Heat, the Aquafficient uses a natural salt-based thermal storage material to store heat. Working in a similar way to a thermal store cylinder, minus the expensive maintenance, there is zero water storage within the unit itself.

The thermal storage material stores heat, not energy, and as cold water runs through the highly efficient and robust heat exchanger, it becomes hot within seconds and subsequent warm water is fed to your appliances in less than a minute.

Aquafficient can store four times more energy than a domestic water cylinder in a unit half the physical size.

Not only does the Aquafficient give you a much more efficient solution when it comes to heating water, it also saves huge amounts of physical space in most situations. An Aquafficient unit, which provides 150L of hot water, is only half the height of an average 150L hot water cylinder.

Compatible with Economy 7, Solar PV and other types of renewable electricity sources, Aquafficient is the way forward when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint.

Boiler replacement scheme

In October 2021, it was announced that the UK government would offer a £5,000 grant towards replacing your gas boiler, known as the “Boiler Upgrade Scheme.”

“The new scheme will encourage people to install low carbon heating systems … which run on electricity.”

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COP26?- Success or Failure?

COP26 has been the focal point of discussion amongst the media and citizens of different countries around the world. The COP26 started a day early this year on the 31st of October. The Conference of Parties 26 was held in Glasgow this year. This article details everything you need to know about COP26- seeking to enforce global response to the climate emergency. 

What is COP26? 

 Over the last 3 decades, world governments have met nearly every year to forge a global response to the climate emergency. Under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),every country on Earth is treaty-bound to “avoid dangerous climate change”, and find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally in an equitable way. The Conference of Parties (under the UNFCCC), has resulted in the formation of the Paris Agreement in 2015 which could be considered as an occasional triumph. The conference meetings have also witnessed moments of high drama amongst the environment ministers and leaders of different countries. This year (2021) was the year of its 26th iteration. This was supposed to be held in Glasgow last year, but was postponed to this year on account of the havoc that Covid-19 caused, worldwide. 

When did COP26 take place? 

 COP26 started on 31st October, 2021 and continued for 2 weeks till 12th November, 2021. Around 25,000 people were at the conference. More than 120 world leaders attended (for the first few days) and the negotiations were left to the environmental ministers and other senior officials of the different countries, attending the conference. 

Why did we need COP26? 

 In accordance with the landmark Paris Agreement (2015), nations committed to hold global temperature rises to ‘well below’ 2 degrees C- above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing efforts to limit heating to 1.5 degrees C. These set goals are legally binding and held in high regard, in the treaty. 

In order to achieve these targets, countries have also set non-binding national goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the near term (by 2030 in most cases). These targets resulted in being inadequate. On account of this, it was decided that countries would have to return to the table every five years to discuss and decide on new commitments.

We know that emissions from the use of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil are increasing the temperature of the Earth. The last decade was the warmest on record and governments agree that urgent action is required from all countries as a collective. These emissions have also led to various climate change related incidents like- heat waves, forest fires and floods around the world. 

The end goal of the Conference of Parties is to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050 and pave the way for sustainable and eco-friendly living. 

What happened during COP26? 

 Leaders and environmental ministers of many countries promised to hold their end of the climate action pact by creating new ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 2030. The pact lays great focus on developed countries to increase the money they give to those countries most affected by climate change (beyond the $100 billion target). 

The agreement will aid in the phasing out of “inefficient subsidies” for fossil fuels and will set the global agenda on climate change for the next decade. 

 The USA and China cooperate with the climate change initiatives. 

 The US and China cooperation was the most surprising, yet paramount in achieving the climate change targets. The USA and China gave assurance that over the next decade, they will boost their climate cooperation. 

The agreement laid out targets to cut methane emissions, transition to cleaner energy sources and henceforth aid in the decarbonization of the countries. 

Greenpeace international and other independent climate action organizations welcomed the joint declaration, although the US and China have been warned they would need to set stricter goals and show a greater commitment to reach the agreed climate goals. 

The US and China agreed to recall their firm commitment to achieve the 1.5 degrees C temperature goal (which was previously set out in the Paris Agreement 2015). USA and China are 2 of the biggest emitters in the world, and their co-operation could expedite the net zero carbon targets. Although previously, China has been reluctant to tackle its coal emissions and haven’t agreed to ‘shift away from coal’ in this COP26. 

Trees

Over 100 countries (representing 85% of the world’s forests) agreed to stop deforestation by 2030. 

Trees and forests absorb carbon and also reduce the average temperature of cities. They also prevent flooding and reduce pollution. Focus must not only be laid on stopping deforestation but also planting more trees. This will aid in making our climate change goals more achievable.

In comparison to previous deforestation initiatives, this initiative is better funded. Although, there is little clarity on how this would be monitored. 

Methane

During COP26, schemes were put in place to cut 30% of the current methane emissions. This was agreed by over 100 countries. 

Methane when produced from non-fossil fuel sources like food and green waste could quite literally absorb the carbon out of the air. However, when methane is produced from burning fossil fuels, it traps heat in the atmosphere. This increases the average temperature of the Earth and is a major contributor to climate change. Over a 100-year period, methane is 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the earth. Over 20 years, that comparison jumps to approximately 80 times.

China, Russia and India haven’t joined the agreed schemes to cut methane emissions, but it is hoped they will soon conform. 

Coal

More than 40 countries including Poland, Chile and Vietnam agreed to shift away from coal, to cleaner energy sources. A few countries like the UK have already announced the ban of house coal and the phasing out of loose coal by 2023.

There are numerous damaging environmental impacts of coal that occur through its mining, preparation, combustion, waste storage, and transport. When burnt, it releases more carbon dioxide than oil or gas, so it’s a big problem when it comes to climate change. Coal also produces toxic elements like mercury and arsenic, and small particles of soot which contribute to air pollution.

Although over 40 countries were in agreement to shift away from coal; the world’s most coal-dependent countries- Australia, India, China and the US haven’t signed up to this scheme. 

Funding

Private companies pledged financing green technologies in order to meet the Net Zero Carbon target (although this is not binding by law). Over 450 financial organizations agreed to back ‘clean’ technology like renewable and sustainable energy.

During COP26, organizations pledged directing finance away from industries using/burning fossil fuels; there are no definitive net zero carbon targets laid out. With these targets not set in stone, the initiative of increasing funding for cleaner fuel sources and green technologies could be futile. 

Will the countries actually meet their targets and fulfil their promises? 

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “We have made progress on the three objectives we set at the start of COP26: First, to get commitments to cut emissions to keep within reach the global warming limit of 1.5 degrees. Second, to reach the target of 100 billion dollars per year of climate finance to developing and vulnerable countries. And third, to get agreement on the Paris rulebook. This gives us confidence that we can provide a safe and prosperous space for humanity on this planet. But there will be no time to relax: there is still hard work ahead.” 

Only a few countries have actually made their commitments and pledges legally binding. For the rest, any promises and agreements will have to be self-policed. 

Rich nations once again resisted acknowledging financial liability for their years of emissions that drove climate change as they rose to economic prosperity.

While the Glasgow agreement laid out a pathway for addressing the issue by establishing a new secretariat dedicated to the issue, vulnerable countries said that represented a bare minimum of acceptability.

“This package is not perfect. The coal change and a weak outcome on loss and damage are blows,” said Tina Stee, climate envoy from the Marshall Islands. Still, “elements of the Glasgow Package are a lifeline for my country. We must not discount the crucial wins covered in this package.”

Is the UK doing enough for climate change? 

 The UK Govt. have announced the ban of gas boilers in all new homes by 2025. This scheme also goes as far as phasing out the use of gas boilers completely by 2035. 

Although the UK is still reliant on fossil fuels to generate electricity, domestic heating (like oil/gas heating) emits twice as much CO2 as all power stations. A lot of UK consumers are turning to Solar PV and battery storage to live sustainably and cut energy costs. 

Although research and testing is currently being conducted on the viability of hydrogen boilers for domestic heating, the UK energy minister- Lord Callanan does not have a lot of faith in the project.

Unlike hydrogen, electricity has proven to be a viable, safer and more efficient form of domestic heating as compared to hydrogen.

In order to phase-out the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation, the appropriate infrastructure needs to be set up. If this process is expedited, the UK could reach their net zero carbon target before 2050. 

Nuclear energy

Should the UK be using Nuclear Energy?

Nuclear energy has always been a source of controversy. Many people associate nuclear energy with catastrophes such as the Chernobyl or Fukushima disasters, or even with nuclear warfare. However, the realities of nuclear power are far from the perceived myths believed by the public.

With nuclear energy being so notorious, it is hard to distinguish what is true and what is not. Below we have featured some of the most common misconceptions in order to debunk the myths surrounding nuclear energy, and learn the truth about this misunderstood energy source.

Is Nuclear Energy Safe?

As one of the most regulated industries in the world, it is safe to say that nuclear energy is far safer than most would believe. The potential hazards of nuclear energy have always been widely publicised, particularly in the shadow of nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl.

However, out of the 18,500 global reactor plants, there have only been two major accidents to occur. This only emphasises how safe nuclear energy provision truly is.  It has also been found that in the entire 50-year history of nuclear energy provision, no member of the public has ever been killed.

Whilst the consequences of radiation exposure poses great risk to humans and the environment, the likelihood of a radiation leak from a reactor plant is extremely low. This is due to the tight regulations and protocols that nuclear reactor plants must follow – these regulations making nuclear energy one of the safest methods of energy provision currently.

Does Nuclear Energy Contribute to Carbon Emissions?

Unlike the fossil fuel energy plants that are most commonly used, nuclear reactors do not produce any harmful air pollutants. Nuclear reactors generate power through fission – the process of splitting uranium atoms to produce energy. During this process, heat is created and is used to spin a turbine that generates electricity.

Nuclear energy has a carbon footprint comparable to wind and solar energy provision. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) found that, through nuclear energy provision, the USA avoided over 476 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2019. This kind of reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is an important step towards reaching our net zero carbon target by 2050, and is something only achievable with renewable energy provision.

The demand for electricity in the UK is continuing to increase. With this increase, the demand for low-carbon electricity is becoming more and more important. Nuclear power is one of the main sources of low-carbon electricity provision in the UK currently, and without it we would struggle to achieve carbon neutrality.

Is Nuclear Waste Dangerous?

Most nuclear fuel is able to be recycled and re-purposed to create new fuel for energy provision, meaning that wastage from nuclear reactor plants is minimal. Any ‘low-level’ waste, such as scrap metal and plastics, are able to be reprocessed at repositories in order to be recycled.

With any nuclear waste that is deemed ‘high-level’ due to radioactivity is stored as the material’s half-life diminishes the level of radioactivity. Currently, nuclear reactors store their radioactive waste above ground where the waste can be stored for decades safely. The UK government is currently set to establish a safer and more permanent method of handling nuclear waste by creating a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).

With colossal power stations such as Hinkley Point C set to be operational by 2026, nuclear power has been brought into the limelight. Higher publicity often leads to more publicised misconceptions, but nuclear power is set to be one of the safest and most efficient methods of energy provision in modern society.

Electric heating myths debunked

Electric Heating Myths Debunked. The government’s delayed ban on gas boilers has raised concerns over the cost of heat pumps. Air source heat pumps have been cited by reports to be the reason for the proposed delay. Keith Bastian, CEO of electric heating provider Fischer Future Heat and clean energy supplier Outfox the Market, says that air source heat pumps should be switched for dynamic direct acting storage heating.

However, despite being the most suitable alternative to heat pumps, electric heating is still plagued by numerous myths. In this article, Keith debunks the myths that are impeding a viable and vital zero-carbon solution.

In the 25 years that I have been involved in the heating industry, the misconceptions around electric heating have remained unchanged. This is disappointing since the benefits of electric heating counterbalance the problems presented by air source heat pumps.

Where the costs of installing heat pumps have delayed the boiler ban, electric heating remains a much cheaper alternative and negates maintenance expenditure.

However, the opposite is believed to be true in the opinion of the consumer. Given the government and housing industry’s commitment to heat pumps, it seems the misconceptions encompass more than the casual consumer.

‘Electric Heating Is Excessively Expensive’
The upfront installation costs of electric heating are lower than other clean-energy alternatives. Ground source heat pumps cost between £20,000 and £35,000, whilst air source pumps, the most common type, cost around £8,000 – £18,000. Electric heating has far less hardware that needs to be installed, therefore the cost of electric heating remains lower.

Dynamic storage heaters also requires no maintenance or servicing, meaning that owners of electric heating will never run into additional costs after their systems have been installed.

‘Electric Heating is Old Technology’
Modern dynamic storage radiators are now controlled remotely, often via mobile apps or wireless thermostatic controls. This means your home heating can be monitored and managed easily. Thermostatic controls can detect temperatures and adjust automatically, aligned to your own preferences. Yes, of course old storage heaters have hot helped the true efficiency of electric heating. However we continue to remove these old heaters and replace them with dynamic direct acting storage heaters that give the user full control . You are never left in the cold.

Individualised energy saving programs and Wi-Fi connectivity are generally a standard feature with electric heating. With other energy alternatives, this feature would require retrofitting. Possessing greater control doesn’t just mean additional convenience. It also means a reduction in carbon emissions and a significant reduction in energy bills.

‘Electric Radiators Are Ugly’
When I began my journey in the world of electric heating, it was my aim to dispel the opinion that electric radiators are unsightly. I took this perception seriously, and manufactured electric heaters with a modern sleek aesthetic that were a perfect fit for contemporary homes. As well as their pleasing aesthetic, electric radiators are multi-functional and technology led. Electric heating is highly adaptable because of this, and can be installed anywhere in your home – even in a bathroom.

‘Electric Heating Is Not Efficient’
Electric heating remains vastly more efficient than heat pumps, gas and oil boilers due to the way the heat is distributed. A conventional heating system will push warm air to the ceiling of the room, allowing cold air to stay at seating-level. In contrast, dynamic electric heaters feature flutes to draw that cold air from the floor and distribute heat evenly, from floor-to-ceiling. With electric heating, there is no wasted heat. Every kilowatt of heat radiated from electric heaters contributes to an even and complete warmth in your home.

‘Electric Heating Requires Infrastructure Investment’
Consumers have a distorted perception of the infrastructure needed to implement electric heating. This could be attributed to the high costs of installing heat pumps, and the vast expenditure of the government on national infrastructure to implement them. Too many consumers have come to think of clean energy as costly and complex. With incessant messaging about heat pump costs and the subsequent boiler ban, it is a hard to refute this notion.

One of the reasons I have advocated electric heating for more than a decade is due to how easy they are to install; they require little more than standard sockets and brackets. When I hear the government talk about the infrastructure investments for clean energy, it is a disheartening thought that electric heating requires none and is yet not considered. It ought to be considered that if the government had committed to electric heating with the same enthusiasm as with heat pumps, would we be talking of a five-year delay to the boiler-ban, as we are now?

In any case with over 25 years experience surveying UK homes , I firmly believe the solution lies in a mix of different forms of electric heating not just with heat pumps. “It’s never going to be one size fits all”

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Electric heating myths debunked: Expert unveils the TRUTH about electric alternatives