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UK electricity generation to be fossil fuel free by 2035?

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, stated that removing gas as a power source will help protect against price surges (during Conservative conference).

Johnson has also confirmed plans to eliminate fossil fuels from the UK’s electricity generation process by 2035.

 

The UK generated 43% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2020 but gas-fired power plants still account for a significant proportion. Over the last 5 years, our total share of electricity being generated from renewables has increased by 20%.

Nuclear power plants, which currently provide about a sixth of the UK’s electricity, would also continue to form part of the energy mix under the net zero plans.

 

“What I’m saying is we can do for our entire energy production by 2035 what we’re doing with internal combustion engines in vehicles by 2030” he said, during a visit to a Network Rail site in Manchester.

 

“And what we’re also saying is that by 2035, looking at the progress we’re making in wind power, where we lead the world now in offshore wind, looking at what we can do with other renewable sources, carbon capture and storage with hydrogen potentially, we think that we can get to complete clean energy production by 2035.”

The proposed shift would not only aid in the decarbonization of the UK but also soften the impact of the kind of gas price fluctuations that have prompted fears of a winter energy crisis, in recent weeks.

 

As Boris Johnson confirmed plans to decarbonize the electricity grid, gas was providing just under a third of the UK’s electricity demand, at 11.4GW (according to the National Grid data).

 

“The advantage of that is that it will mean that, for the first time, the UK is not dependent on hydrocarbons coming from overseas with all the vagaries in hydrocarbon prices and the risk that poses for people’s pockets and for the consumer,” he said.

 

“We will be reliant on our own clean power generation, which will help us also to keep costs down.”

Nuclear energy

Should we 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.

UK Green energy levies set to move from electricity to gas bills

In an effort to encourage the British Public to switch to electric heating, the government are set to propose switching green levies from electricity to gas.

The government hopes that by switching levies from electricity to gas that British homeowners using outdated gas systems will make the switch to renewable energy. Currently, the price of electricity is split between 5 different costs, all of which homeowners pay for with their energy bill.

As the government pushes for their 2050 net zero carbon goal, it is imperative that they reassess the share of green levies for gas and electricity.  With their current levy switch proposal on the energy horizon, Britons that use electric heating alternatives and drive electric vehicles will find themselves paying much less than ever before. Homeowners that continue their consumption of gas will find themselves paying more, dependant on the proposed implementation of the government’s plan.

Currently, almost a quarter of the cost of electricity is made up by environmental and social obligations in which the government funds various decarbonisation programs. On the contrary, just 2% of the total cost of gas is made up of the same levy. This disproportionate distribution of levies has accounted for a higher overall price of electricity, something that remains the main deterrent for many homeowners looking to switch to zero carbon energy alternatives.

Dubbed the ‘energy affordability and fairness review’, the government are hoping that their new energy mandate will affectively allocate costs in order to incentivize the British public to make the switch to clean energy. It is vital that British homeowners begin switching to zero carbon energy alternatives if the government have any hope of reaching their goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

With almost a fifth of the UK’s total carbon emissions coming from domestic heating alone, the government must do everything in their power to encourage the British public to uptake renewable energy alternatives. As it stands, the main deterrent for many homeowners looking to make the switch to clean energy is the higher cost of electricity. By introducing this mandate, the government will be making a huge step in the direction of a carbon neutral future for Britain, and a cleaner future for everyone.

Sources:

https://www.ft.com/content/54b437ad-4683-434e-89aa-e26772092b31

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ministers-consider-shifting-green-levies-from-electricity-to-gas

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

The UK’s biased mindset towards electricity prices

The UK is on the road to net zero carbon, and the Government is continuing its push to reach this target by 2050. This will inevitably contribute to numerous lifestyle and technological changes, which will need to be implemented by both the Government and consumers. However, a large part of the UK’s consumer-base are still reluctant to make the change, mainly due to the price of electricity.

 

It is clear to see that the prices of both gas and electricity have increased over the last decade. Consumers are often found to be comparing the price increase of electricity against gas. However, this comparison is not an accurate indicator of the price increase indices. To gain a better understanding of this, one must compare the price increase of gas to its prices in the past, and the same for electricity. Between 2010 and 2011, the average electricity prices (incl. VAT) rose by 4.8%. The gas prices during the same timeframe increased by 8.1%.  

Gas VS Electricity price increase

Throughout history, we have heated our homes with coal and oil. With the availability of natural gas at a cheap price by virtue of the North Sea, the popularity of gas central heating grew in the UK. With this resource exploited and diminished from the North Sea, the price of gas has increased considerably. At one point, gas was around 6 times cheaper than electricity. Currently, this price differential has reduced to electricity being 4 times the price of gas. This comparison gives you a broader understanding of the increments in energy prices over time. With lesser reliance on fossil fuels, and more and more electricity generated by renewables, we could see this price gap between gas and electricity lessen.

 

In the UK, electricity as a fuel source has been given a bad name. There are many misconceptions in consumers’ minds, these misconceptions stemming from the ideology that energy companies are highly profitable and are exploiting domestic households by increasing electricity prices. We all know that electricity supplied to every home in the UK is identical – the key differentiator is price. The only route to market for any new energy company is a low price point, but for most companies, this is not sustainable. Many energy companies do not survive in the UK because of this and the 22 energy companies that are no longer in business (as of Feb 21) are proof of this.

From our involvement within the heating industry, we have come across thousands of consumers who have switched from gas to electric heating – some of these customers also complain about their increased electricity bill. However, the reasons for their complaints are often flawed. When you move from one resource (in this case – gas) and utilise another resource (in this case – electricity); it is evident that your costs for the new resource (electricity) would increase. However, you save on not having to use the initial resource (gas). Shifting from gas to electric heating is not only better for the environment, but you also gain a solution that is 100% efficient at the point of use.

 

Electricity prices in the UK are not exorbitant in comparison to other countries with the same GDP. Yet in the UK, consumers always heavily scrutinize electricity prices. As of June 2020, the average price for electricity in the UK was 17.2p/kWh. In comparison during the same time period: Germany (28p/kWh), Denmark (23p/kWh), Japan (19.2p/kWh).

Currently the price of electricity in the UK has reduced further, the average price being 16p/kWh. Compared to countries with similar GDP, the UK has one of the lowest energy prices for domestic consumers.

Countries' electricity prices VS UK

The irony lies in the fact that you hear and see a lot of backlash in regards to an increase in electricity prices, but consumers in the UK will happily pay the increased prices for petrol and other fuels. This signifies a vast difference in consumer perceptions between petrol and electricity prices. The same inference can be made for other household expenditures like water, food, clothing, transport etc. Since 2010, petrol prices have soared by 11p/litre (11% increase) and a 47p/litre increase (61% increase) since the early 2000s. A possible reason for why we don’t behave the same towards an electricity price increase as compared to a petrol price increase; we usually pay for electricity monthly, where as payment for petrol is upfront. There could be a psychological shift in behaviour if paying for petrol was a monthly payment. The price we pay for water has also increased, yet we still waste so much of it and end up paying whatever the monthly bill is with no resistance. In the UK, consumers must refute ideologies in regards to electricity based off misconceptions and base their decisions on actual data. Doing this would enable us to grow as consumers and be open to change, in this case specifically for the betterment of the environment as well.

 

In the financial year of 2020, the average UK household spent 14% of their income on housing, fuel and power, 11% was spent on food and non-alcoholic drinks and a further 4% on clothing and footwear. All of the above are considered as necessities.

UK household expenses

Over the last 3 months, the UK has sold more electric cars than diesel – a huge step in the right direction. Switching to electric cars is not only better for the environment, but also more money in your pocket in terms of running costs. Assuming a 70kW charge at 30p/kWh (for an electric car) VS. 35mpg (for a petrol car); £21 for a 70kW charge (250 miles) works out to be 8p/mile. Whereas for a petrol car: 4.5l/gallon (7miles/litre), assuming the cost of petrol is 130p/litre; works out to be 18p per mile. Transport accounts for nearly 30% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. Hydrogen is another option, but recent research has brought to light that hydrogen is very expensive to produce and not as efficient as electricity, for domestic heating and car charging. Switching to an electric car means, as a country we could achieve our Net Zero Carbon target sooner. Below we detail another example of why we should use an electric car over a petrol car (both manufactured by the same company).

Electric vs Petrol BMW

Analysing past data and the UK consumers’ attitudes towards electricity- it is evident there needs to be more awareness regarding electric heating and electricity prices. There seems to be a bias in the mind-set of consumers. This bias is not as evident in other expenses like water, petrol and council tax that UK consumers incur. In order to achieve Net Zero Carbon, we must welcome electricity with open arms as it is the most viable and efficient solution for greener domestic heating and car charging. Over the last 5 years, our share of electricity being generated from renewable sources has increased by 20%. With more and more consumers switching to electric heating every day; electricity has proven to be an efficient source of energy for domestic heating (with numerous testimonials that can be attested to it). Lastly, as with any form of heating, insulation is paramount. For electric heating to work efficiently, a consumer has to insulate their home to a sufficient standard. This will reduce heat losses from the property, preventing any massive spikes in consumption and reducing energy bills.

Clean heating solutions for your home: SAY NO to ‘one size fits all’.

Don’t compromise on the aesthetic of your beautiful home.

 

Reducing carbon emissions for the betterment of the environment.

The Government are laying great emphasis on reducing carbon emissions in the UK. The two sectors that have been ear marked to make changes are Heating and Transport. With electric cars outselling diesel engine cars for the second month running, it is clear that the public are now taking climate change and the need to reduce their carbon emissions seriously. When it comes to heating, the Government have pushed heat pumps as a solution, without giving proper scrutiny to the suitability of retro fitting heat pumps in most UK homes. The reality on the ground in our experience is a combination of different types of electric heating solutions to fit individual home needs, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We understand that there is a need to change, however, having surveyed thousands of homes in the UK we are best placed to offer advice on solutions that are sustainable and achievable for most UK homes.

Choosing the right heating solution for your home.

As the stock of our homes are not well insulated, using heat pumps that heat water up to 65c is not going to heat most homes to the same comfortable level that boilers did.  Primarily, most of the households want to make the switch with minimum disruption and building work. This factor is one of the main deterrents for consumers trying to make the switch. Hence, in these cases it is perhaps better to replace your existing gas or oil boiler with an electric boiler. This transformation can be achieved in only a day or two. If you require a lot of hot water, then you could install the Aquafficient Eco+, which is an air source water heater, but it does not have an external unit. It can be installed where your existing cylinder is located, but you will need to provide ducting to the outside to expel the cold air. If you cannot duct it to the outside, or if you lack space in your home, then the Aquafficient is a great solution to heat your water. In a scenario like this you can then install a heating only boiler. We recommend always keeping your heating and hot water independent, so there is never a single point of failure.

Keep your space and water heating separate.

For numerous compact and smaller homes that have gas combi-boilers; making the switch to either our Electric Duo Boiler or our dynamic, individually temperature-controlled (using a smart wireless thermostat) storage heaters, in conjunction with the Aquafficient (for hot water) is the way forward.  The idea of using dynamic direct acting storage heaters makes your home more efficient as you only heat the more frequented areas/rooms of your home. These are heated to the temperature you require and when you need it. This solution is also suitable for larger homes. In regard to a standard central heating system, there is only one thermostat. Therefore, if you have a 3- 4-bedroom home with 2 or 3 occupants, every time you want to use two rooms you have to switch the 12kW boiler on when you could simply, and more efficiently, be using a 3.5kW boiler in conjunction with 2 dynamic direct acting storage heaters. The dynamic storage heaters react quickly and maintain temperatures after switching off using the storage principle. It is a modern, efficient replacement for wasteful night storage heaters. This user profile of consumption is mirrored in many UK homes, so once again the concept of only heating rooms based on usage will deliver savings on your energy bill and keep you warm in the rooms you use. An attribute of making this switch to the Fischer system is that you are guaranteed a stress-free and installation.  

Heat pumps are not suitable for many UK homes.

As far as the use of heat pumps for heating is concerned, unless you have a relatively new home with high levels of insulation, heat pumps will not deliver the heating you require. They may be ideal for new builds where you plan the location of the heat pump based on the initial plans, but to retrofit this in existing homes would require major alterations to the fabric of your property. This is not a practical option for many households, as the cost to bring their homes to the standard required would be prohibitive.

Even if you could manage the cost of such works, the other issue is the space required when installing the heat pump in your garden. If you are tight for space, this is could present a big problem. In addition to that, the noise of the heat pump and the expelled cold air means you cannot sit close to it in the garden. Moving the heat pump further out into your garden, away from your home, means you compromise on the efficiency of the heat pump. It also not recommended to use a heat pump alongside your existing radiators, as they may not be sufficient to heat your home during the winter. Essentially, you need to increase the size of your radiators by up to 50% and this, in our experience, is not possible for most UK homes, as there is insufficient wall space to hang bigger or more radiators to achieve the heat requirement.

When we look at these issues, coupled with our experience conducting home heating surveys around the UK; we know that the way forward is different electric heating solutions to suit individual homes, user profiles, affordability and ease of installation. These are the factors that most households consider important before they can make the switch.

Make the choice that best suits your home, lifestyle, comfort and pocket. Our free no-obligation survey provides you with choices that can make your home heating ‘green’ and reduce the carbon emissions from your home. The state of our environment depends on the actions we take. Climate change is happening NOW, so doing nothing is not an option.

The Road to Zero Carbon has begun.

The Future is Electric.

With more and more electricity being generated from renewables, Renewable Electricity sure does seem like the future.

In the past, fossil fuels like coal and natural gas were the main sources of generating electricity in the UK. These resources although worked out to be quite beneficial for us in generating electricity, are not renewable and hence their supply is limited. Electricity generated from renewables like wind, water and sunlight are slowly but surely dominating the electricity generation in recent times, and is a step in the right direction to attain sustainable living.

Phasing out Fossil Fuels.

 Understanding the detrimental effects of the use of fossil fuels on the environment, energy statistics show that we are on track to phase out the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation. In 2016, natural gas and coal accounted for 42% and 9% of electricity generated in the UK respectively. In 2019, the UK generated 38% of its electricity from natural gas and 1% from coal. And now only 29% of electricity is generated by natural gas and less than 1% of the UK’s electricity is generated by coal.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) latest energy trends data published (2020) renewables’ share of electricity generation was 47% during the quarter, up from 35.9% in the first quarter of 2019. The proportion is also notably higher than the previous quarterly record of 39%, set last summer.

Gas and Electricity prices in the UK.

Currently, electricity is highly expensive as compared to gas. But as a commodity electricity isn’t vastly expensive than gas to produce. The higher levies put on electricity as compared to gas, is what makes the current price of electricity 3-4 times that of gas. From an economic standpoint, at the time taxing electricity higher than gas only increased the amount of revenue received by the Government in taxes, simply because all homes in the UK have electricity, but the same cannot be said for gas.

The government has announced that by 2025, all new homes will be banned from installing gas boilers and will instead be heated by low-carbon alternatives. The heating industry has moved away from burning coal for heat to gas (although coal was cheaper than gas) and now slowly but surely is switching away from fossil fuels like gas to renewable sources of energy (like 100% renewable electricity). This shift to electric can be seen in the automobile industry as well. This change is driven by the need to conserve the already damaged/polluted environment.

With the Government pushing the ‘Net Zero Carbon’ initiative, we could see them reviewing the levies put on electricity and gas, in favour of electricity to promote the use of electricity as compared to gas. These levies have already been reviewed in the B2B and commercial sector and we could see the UK Government doing the same for the domestic sector as well.

The Future is Electric.

 An independent climate research agency Ember (2020) state that the UK’s renewable electricity outpaced its fossil fuel generation for the first-time last year and could remain the largest source of electricity in the future. It revealed that renewable energy generated by wind, sunlight, water and wood made up 42% of the UK’s electricity last year compared with 41% generated from gas and coal plants together.

2020 was the greenest year on record for Britain’s electricity system, when average carbon intensity – the measure of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of electricity consumed – reached a new low, according to National Grid.

With the consumption of electricity in UK households increasing every year coupled with the phasing out of fossil fuels and the growing popularity of renewables shows that the generation of electricity using renewables is able to cope with the growing demand of electricity. Once all the related infrastructure is set up, we could soon enjoy 100% renewable electricity in our homes and live more sustainably.

From day one, Fischer Future Heat have advocated for the elimination of fossil fuels by going 100% electric. This electricity when generated by renewables, would help you reduce your primary and secondary carbon-footprint. Fischer have diversified from just selling dynamic electric radiators to numerous other efficient and electric products like Fischer Duo Boiler, Aquafficient, Aquafficient Eco+ and Solar battery, so that you find the perfect electric solution to swap your fossil fuelled heating. Hence, Fischer Future Heat is a great choice for environmentally-conscious customers.

Is Economy 7 a cheaper option than a Standard/Flat Rate?

Switching energy tariff can feel like navigating your way through a minefield. Flat rate, economy, fixed rate, variable – there are so many options, with often little explanation as to what they all mean.

One of the most popular options historically is Economy 7. Economy 7 is a tariff designed to work alongside night storage heaters and immersion heaters, offering 7 hours of electricity overnight at a lower price per unit.

Many people still choose to opt for Economy 7, as the overnight rate is “cheaper,” but is it really?

Historically, the night rate would be around one-third the price of the day rate. The night rate is now around two-thirds the price of the day rate – a significant increase in a relatively short amount of time.

Economy 7 Explained

Based on pricing from the top 10 largest energy suppliers in the UK, the average night rate (the price you pay overnight, usually midnight to 7am) is 12p.

The average day rate on Economy 7 (the price you pay for the rest of the day) is around 19p.

Ofgem, the UK’s regulator for the energy industry, estimate that around 42% of energy for Economy 7 users is at night, with the remaining 58% used during the day.

An average of these two prices, gives you an effective single rate of 15p per unit.

Where more than one electricity meter is installed, you will also pay two standing rates, rather than just one with a standard/flat rate.

Although the energy company are offering you a cheaper night rate, they are making up for their “losses” with a more expensive day rate.

Based on independent tests, conducted by BRE (Building Research Establishment), the overall consumption for maintaining a property at 21 degrees was as follows:

BRE TEST RESULTS
Source: BRE Test Report

1 & 2 – Dynamic clay core, temperature controlled heaters, 3 – Dimplex Quantum, 4 – Traditional Night Storage Heating, 5 – Gas Central Heating

Pricing Comparisons

As you can see from the chart above, the energy consumed by 3 (Dimplex Quantum) and 4 (Traditional Night Storage), would cost (at 12p per unit):

3 (DQ): 44.46kWh x 0.12p = £5.33

4 (NSH): 46.43kWh x 0.12p = £5.57


Based on pricing from the top 10 largest energy suppliers in the UK, the average flat rate tariff is 17.5p.

Again, based on chart above, the energy consumed by 1 & 2 (dynamic clay core heating), would cost (at 17.5p per unit):

1 (Dynamic Electric Heating, such as Fischer): 30.37kWh x 0.175p = £5.31

2 (Dynamic Electric Heating, such as Fischer): 28.03kWh x 0.175p = £4.90


These figures prove that opting for a reduction in energy consumption will always pay, rather than simply opting for a cheaper electricity rate. Consuming more at a cheaper tariff is not cheap. Consuming less energy will always save money.

Our energy partner, Outfox the Market, offer competitive standard rate tariffs. It’s quick and easy to get a quote, in 30 seconds or less.

A much wiser choice is to invest in energy efficient, controllable heating and hot water systems, which delivers a far greater degree of comfort. We at Fischer offer dynamic clay core electric heaters and efficient electric hot water solutions.

Fischer Dynamic Clay Core Radiators

Fischer dynamic radiators are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, only 11cm in depth and available in a classic oyster white colour. Manufactured to include a purpose built convection chamber in the back, their sleek, modern design does not impact on their efficiency.

But, Fischer dynamic radiators are not only slimline, they also offer many other benefits.

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

Our dynamic radiators also contain a purpose built convection chamber and patented 40mm chamotte clay core. Our 40mm clay core is DOUBLE THE DEPTH of the core found within many of our competitors’ heaters, which is usually 20mm. More storage resulting in more heat and more comfort.

Wi-Fi control options are available, allowing you to control your heating from anywhere in the world, all with the push of a button.

Aquafficient

Aquafficient is a modern, efficient and reliable way to heat your water. Using a single 3kW heating element and patented thermal storage technology, the Aquafficient provides instant hot water, as and when you need it, without the need for huge amounts of water storage. No yearly maintenance is required, taking away the stress of finding a plumber to check over your system and also eliminating the cost of doing so.

There is also no requirement for any extra valves or fixings, or even 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 its heat. Working in a similar way to a combi boiler, minus the expensive maintenance and running costs, there is absolutely ZERO water storage within the unit itself. The chance of a leak is almost non-existent.

You simply heat the battery once to get started and hot water is available in less than an hour. 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.

Our 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 the water, it also saves huge amounts of physical space.

An Aquafficient unit, which provides 150L of hot water, is only HALF the height of an average 150L cylinder. If you have ever wanted to utilise that wasted space in your airing cupboard, now is your opportunity with this ideal replacement for other hot water systems.

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

Based on recent testing, the thermal storage material within the Aquafficient has a life span of over 40,000 cycles before you start to notice any drop in efficiency. In layman’s terms, it can last for over 50 years without you EVER having to service, maintain or replace the thermal store or its contents. Even after the 50 years are up, all it takes is a glass of water to be added to the storage material to recharge it back to full health.

Aquafficient Eco+

Aquafficient Eco+

We are now pleased to introduce a new addition to the ever-growing range – Aquafficient Eco+, our brand new air source water.

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

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

Aquafficient Eco+ also contains an automatic anti-legionella disinfection system to remove the risk of legionella bacteria.

Much like the Aquafficient, it can be installed alongside a heating only boiler, allowing you to both heat your home and water efficiently.

You can also use Aquafficient Eco+ as a stand-alone hot water system, or even combine it with Fischer dynamic clay core radiators. The opportunities are endless.

Built with a stainless steel casing, 80mm of highly efficient insulation and finished in white, Aquafficient Eco+ has a sleek, modern design perfect for any home.

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.

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Switch To Electric Heating : NOW May Be The Perfect Time

Today many households are concerned to switch to Electric Heating or Low Carbon heating because of the cost,

The above should be reasons enough to switch to electric heating. We do not need to look far, by following the example of how France has addressed its energy needs by nuclear and now ever-increasing renewables then we can certainly follow their lead and make our country powered by zero carbon fuels. The government need to invest now in the infrastructure and whilst there would be a sizable investment to make it will help us all in the future to have relatively stable prices for Energy. At the moment our Energy prices are volatile due to where they come from. Gas and oil prices are determined by world markets and if there is a major event in any part of the world the prices fluctuate. If we can reduce this fluctuation in wholesale price, then all of us can benefit from fair and stable prices.

 Energy companies do not make massive profits on selling energy to our homes, in fact this is clearly evidenced by the number of Energy companies that have gone bankrupt in the last 3 years. The only way we can all have stable energy prices is by producing and using our own Electricity. This is a project for the Government to make the investment so that we all can move away from Fossil fuels by not making us pay too much for the change.

The main reason households are reluctant on this change is due to the cost. However we all currently pay levies for carbon on our energy bills. In the recent budget the Chancellor has increased levies on Gas and frozen the levies on Electricity. The effect of this would be an increase in Gas prices for households. This will make Electricity more attractive to use for heating and hot water.

Today many households are concerned to switch to Electric or low carbon heating because of the cost, however it is clear that whilst there are many early adopters who are making the difference and switching now, the fact is we all  need to switch and it is not IF  but WHEN . To reduce carbon you must also insulate your home which will result in cheaper Energy bills. If you lose less heat from your home the cheaper will be your running costs.

Fischer offer several solutions for clean home heating that will help decarbonise your home and environment and keep us warm for the future.

To find out how you can START TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Visit our website : www.fischerfutureheat.com or call us on 01162425533.

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Choosing The Right Tariff

When it comes to choosing the right heating for your home, it is important to also choose the right energy tariff.

Whether you are switching to Fischer heaters from gas central heating, night storage heaters or even another form of electric heating, making sure you are paying the right price for your energy is vital.

With a Fischer heating system, a majority of your electricity usage will now be during the daytime. With a night storage system, no matter when you require the heat, the initial charge is always through the night. Because of this, your tariff will be designed to provide cheaper energy overnight, with a slightly higher price per unit throughout the day.

With night storage heaters, energy is wasted when nobody is in the property during the day, which is why many people switch to our controllable electric heating.

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Because our heaters work on a wireless thermostat, with the ability to program the hours you would like your rooms to be warm, they will only start to heat when required. This is often in the daytime. For this reason, ensuring you are on the most cost effective daytime tariff is vital.

For example, with your Economy 7 tariff, you may pay 18p per unit throughout the day and only 10p overnight. This is perfect for a night storage heating system, however with Fischer heaters – it’s not ideal.

Instead, with a flat rate, you could pay around 14-15p per unit in the day, which over a week or a month could be a considerable saving.

For Aquafficient users this is even more imperative. An existing cylinder would generally charge up overnight, also on the cheap rate, however there are many reasons users decide to remove their cylinder. Aquafficient boasts improved efficiency and less heat loss than most domestic cylinders, but the tariff needs to be right.

Once again, a flat rate tariff is the way forward. For low water users, a timer may also be ideal to limit the amount the Aquafficient recharges, potentially saving you further money on your energy bills.

With the right tariff, you can ensure your Fischer heating system is efficient and cost effective.

Our energy partner, Outfox the Market, may be able to offer you a competitive rate. They also offer an exclusive tariff for all Fischer Future Heat customers.

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