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Why is electricity more expensive than gas? Gas & electricity levies explained.

It is a well-known fact that electricity, when generated by renewable energy sources, is a “cleaner” solution than gas. Fossil fuels are harmful, as they generate carbon dioxide when burned. This carbon dioxide then sits in our atmosphere and holds on to heat, causing the earth’s temperature to rise.

A number of UK energy suppliers are starting to provide renewable electricity – such as our energy partner Outfox the Market, who offer 100% renewable electricity generated in UK wind farms.

The UK government have banned the installation of gas appliances in all new build properties from 2025 and the UK as a whole is legally bound to have net zero carbon emission by 2050. It is only a matter of time before more restrictions are introduced in an attempt to do away with harmful gas.

What does this mean for our future? More and more homeowners are making the switch to electrical heating now, in an attempt to future proof their properties in time for the impending 2050 deadline.

Although the Government are making significant steps towards a cleaner future, it will take the UK 700 years to transition to low carbon heating based on its current trajectory.

One factor, which may be holding people back from making the switch to an all-electric home, is the difference between gas and electricity levies, which is having a direct impact on energy costs in the UK.

What is a levy?

A levy is an obligatory payment to the Government. In this case, it’s a payment, which makes up part of your energy bill, that in turn is to pay for the privilege of using either electricity or gas in your home.

Depending on which fuel you choose, your levy may be higher.

Electricity vs Gas levies

Currently, 23% of the total cost of electricity is made up of levies, whereas only 2% of the total cost of gas is payments for levies. This is a significant difference and one that is clearly causing a majority of the population to stick with gas, despite Government warnings about the harm caused by gas.

By enforcing such a high levy on electricity, the unit rate (or price per kW for electricity) is significantly higher than the price per unit for gas. With a focus on switching the nation over to a clean, electric future; imposing such costs will do nothing but deter people from making the switch for fear of a more expensive electricity bill.

Domestic homes emit 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gases, and the only way to bring this figure down is to switch to cleaner fuels. But while the costs for cleaner fuels are higher due to levies, it’s no wonder a majority of UK homes still utilise gas for powering their heating systems.

Here at Fischer, we know that the future is electric, which is why we offer a wide range of electric space and water heating solutions.

NOW may be the perfect time 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.

7 Ways To Live More Sustainably

Sustainability by definition is the avoidance of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. As our global population has grown exponentially within the last 75 years, the demand for certain finite resources has grown, and the rate at which we are using finite resources or polluting the environment to meet this demand is negatively affecting the environment we rely on to sustain life as we know it. It’s going to take a lot more than an individual’s actions for the entire world to be living sustainably, but collectively as consumers, we have the power to change what we demand. Here we’ve listed 8 ways to live in a more eco-conscious manner.

  1. Eat less meat

The meat and dairy industry generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all automobile emissions combined. The western diet is very heavy with animal products, and an increased consumption of meat has been linked to obesity, cancer and heart disease. The fact that eating less meat both helps the environment and our own health makes it a no-brainer. We’re not saying everyone should adopt a completely meat-free diet overnight, however reducing our overall consumption, perhaps by doing meat-free Mondays, would be a great idea.

 

  1. Don’t waste food

In the UK, we throw away about 6.6 million tons of household food waste annually- of the 6.6 million tons we throw away, almost three quarters is food we could have eaten. Ways to reduce food waste include using produce in order of the closest use by date or freezing leftovers. This not only helps the environment, but saves you money too.

3. Cycle, walk or use public transport where possible

Apart from having zero carbon emissions, cycling and walking are obviously great forms of exercise, so if you’re able to cycle or walk to work or wherever you need to go, it’ll help to improve air quality for all of us.

 

4. Use reusable alternatives

There has been a big push for this in recent years, with people wanting to move away from single-use plastic. Supermarket chains now charge for carrier bags, and many coffee shop chains and restaurants have switched from plastic straws to paper straws. Plastic is essentially non-biodegradable and will remain in the environment for millions of years, taking up space in landfill and even getting into ecosystems, killing many species that are already under threat.

 

  1. Recycle and reuse!

This isn’t anything revolutionary, we all know about the importance of recycling to decrease the rate of depletion of natural resources. Buying second-hand is an easy way to avoid being wasteful, but if not, there are more and more new brands popping up that are selling sustainably made or sourced products.

 

  1. Use Renewable energy

The use of renewables is growing , from wind to solar, they produce electricity with virtually zero carbon emissions. Shifting from fossil fuels to renewables will reduce air pollution and stop further environmental damage caused by global warming.

 

 

  1. Grow your own produce

If you have the time and space in your garden, growing a variety of produce means that you’re relying less on imported supermarket produce, which has a much greater carbon footprint.

Gas may seem like a cheaper solution for heating your home, but is it really?

People often say that their existing gas or oil boilers are cheaper, which deters them from electric boilers, but what are the indirect costs of having a gas boiler? There are many, alongside the fact that they are simply unsustainable. Gas or oil may be immediately cheaper to the consumer, however we shouldn’t forget its cost to the environment- a cost which is far greater and long term than people want to believe.

Gas and oil are a finite resource which we mostly import from other countries, and when burnt, release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. These gases damage the ozone layer of the earth’s atmosphere, making it more impermeable to UV rays from the sun. This results in less sunlight being reflected off the earth’s surface and back into space. This principle is what drives global warming, and in 2020 we are already feeling the impact of this through an increased frequency of extreme weather. Do we really want to continue the use of gas and oil if these are the detrimental consequences caused? Who actually pays for it?

The UK government have certainly taken this on board and have recently announced that gas boilers will be banned in all newly built homes by 2023, instead of the previously proposed date of 2025. Heating is the largest single source of carbon emissions in the UK, making up more than one-third of the total, so the government know that action must be taken sooner rather than later, in order to achieve their goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

So when people argue that gas is cheaper, we must pose the question of whether that singlehandedly makes it a better choice of fuel. There are indirect costs and consequences of a society reliant on gas boilers in their homes. Firstly, the government use taxpayer’s money to repair and fix damage caused by environmental disasters, which the use of gas boilers contribute towards. In the 2020 budget, the government announced that it will double its investment in flood and coastal defences in England to £5.2 billion over the next six years. Secondly, in major cities gas boilers are also a main source of nitrogen dioxide emissions. Decreasing air quality is only going to cause an increase in respiratory health conditions, which in turn increases the risk of premature death, leading to a rise in NHS costs.

The UK’s generation of electricity is already moving towards renewables and nuclear, which will increase air quality and the health of all Brits. Our energy security will also strengthen if we as a nation are able to meet our electricity demand without the need of imported fossil fuels. Furthermore, moving the ban of petrol and diesel car sales to a sooner 2030 is also another move as part of the prime minister’s green plan. If the government are showing clear signs of wanting to shift to a greener future, we must also support that by making greener choices ourselves, like the installation of electric boilers, so that we can all live more sustainable lives that not only benefit us, but benefit the planet.

A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR SWITCHING FROM GAS TO ELECTRIC HEATING.

Our country has depended on gas central heating for aeons now, and on account of this, we deter from the mere thought of switching from gas heating to electric; and rightly so.

We have been so comfortable using gas heating. The research on our planet’s sustainability has brought to light the ill-effects of using gas heating, along with the negative impact it has on our environment. The more ecological and environment-friendly choice is electric heating. As there are many misconceptions in the minds of people regarding switching from gas to electric heating, we provide you with a thorough guide on the reasoning behind switching to electric, as well as the steps it will entail.

Why should you switch from Gas to Electric?

It isn’t unheard of that humans have significantly contributed toward global warming and are harming the environment through our ill-actions. This in-turn has led to the UK Government taking strict, immediate action to ensure the UK’s emissions are net zero by the year 2050.

One of the Government’s new rules is a complete ban on installing gas-boilers and heaters in all new homes by 2025. The fact we have been using gas central heating for so many years has caused us to become reliant on it, and such a stringent Government-mandated regulation only highlights the urgency of our responsibility to take ownership of our actions and begin conserving the environment. As gas heating is one of the biggest contributors to increased carbon emissions, it makes electric heating not only the next, but also the most suitable course of action.

Electric heating not only takes a toll off the environment (when powered by a renewable energy source) but it is also easy to install and often, virtually maintenance-free. It is a versatile heating option because of the flexibility in the adjustment of temperature from room to room, depending on your heating needs. It is also very simple to program and is a reliable, often cost-effective and efficient alternative to older gas central heating.

Is making the switch from gas to electric an easy process?

The assumption that the switch from gas to electric heating being a hassle for you isn’t completely incorrect. The process of the decommissioning of the gas boiler and the removal of pipes and radiators around the house is definitely a time and money consuming task. It involves hiring a qualified gas engineer to perform the job, but the process of the installation of the new electric radiators is comparatively simple.

The installation of electric radiators is a straight-forward process which only requires a connection to the mains. Unlike gas central heating, this eco-friendly solution requires minimal servicing and repair. It efficiently heats up your kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and even conservatory separately. A little dusting every now and again keeps it in top-notch condition.

What are the benefits of electric heating in your home?

There are many reasons for switching from gas to electric heating in your homes, the most obvious ones being a more efficient and green choice. By powering your electric heating with renewable energy, you instantly make it a better option from an environmental point of view. The fewer parts required for the functioning of electric heaters reduces the risk of it breaking down, saving costs on servicing and maintenance of the heaters.

It also eliminates the chances of carbon-monoxide leaks due to the removal of gas, and is therefore a much safer option for your home. The switch to electric heating in your home will also provide you with the ability to control the heaters individually, which means you can turn the heating off in rooms which are not in use, while maintaining optimal heating in the most frequented areas of your home. 

Is electric heating as effective as gas?

The principle that gas central heaters function on is combustion – providing radiant heat directly to objects and people in its vicinity. Electric heaters use the principle of convection and radiation (without the combustion) and provide the same level of effective heating in your home.

Electric heating facilitates the equal convection of heat throughout all corners of the room. Many electric heaters also come with precision thermostats which allow you to program the heaters depending on your usage and temperature requirements.

If you work a 9 to 5 job, you can set the heaters to turn on a few minutes before you arrive home so that when you enter your home, you experience a nice toasty home. This is not a fancy technological add-on, but a requirement for your home in order to achieve maximum comfort.

Why should ‘FISCHER’ be your first choice while opting to switch from gas to electric heating?

Fischer is a renowned brand in the electric heating industry, with over 70 years of experience in manufacturing heating solutions. Here at Fischer, we cater to our customer’s needs and pride ourselves on our commitment to complete customer satisfaction.

In reference to the removal of your existing gas system, we make this process easier by ensuring our trained engineers remove and discard your existing system and install your brand-new Fischer electric heaters for you.

Each of our heaters come with a programmable wireless thermostat to control the temperature in each room effectively. Our heaters can also be controlled using Wi-Fi, making the control of your heaters accessible to you even when you’re away from home, for example at work or on holiday.

Unlike other electric radiators on the market, we provide our customers with a 40mm chamotte clay core, which aids better heat storage and distribution throughout your home. We also provide a 10-year warranty on all of our radiators, along with a Complete Heating Guarantee to ensure you are warm all winter long. We also make it a practice to replace rather than repair, if there happens to be any fault in the heaters.

Making the switch from gas to electric heating in your home with Fischer by your side will ensure a hassle-free and potentially a more environment-friendly change.

Reasons why we need to think ‘Electric’…….. THINK FISCHER!

The current advancement in technology has brought about numerous changes in the world. Just as an individual will always pick the latest I-Phone over an older model, human beings are designed to adapt and make changes to their lifestyle and these choices are made to improve their standard of living and to make them better individuals in society. Without being able to conform to newer technologies, one might be left behind in life and hence being flexible is highly necessary for the betterment of a person’s life. Currently on account of the ill-actions of humans, our planet is deteriorating. The ocean levels are rising, glaciers melting and forest life becoming extinct. It is high time that we take responsibility of our actions and make better choices in life, in order to help conserve our planet for the future generations to come.

It is evident that the use of fossil fuels is detrimental for the environment. It has caused immense amounts of pollution and is depleting the Earth’s ozone layer. Not only that, researchers suggest that if we continue using fossil fuels and gas, the Earth’s going to exhaust this natural resource by 2060. Just as one would protect their houses from intruders, we must protect and conserve our planet. Numerous people around the world are taking steps in order to reduce their carbon footprints. If we are already shifting from fuel driven cars to electric, why not take a step further and replace our gas heaters to electric. The principle reasoning behind this is that it uses a renewable source of energy and conserves our limited natural resources, along with reducing the carbon emissions, hence protecting our planet.

Electric heaters are more safe and reliable than gas heaters. Electric heaters unlike gas do not emit noxious gases and hence are non-toxic. And with no combustion or burning it is the safest heating solution that one can provide their family with. In the long run, electric heaters are very cost-efficient and as these heaters have a fewer parts as compared to the gas heaters, there is a lower chance of them breaking down. 

We firmly believe in conserving the environment and are proud of the efficiency of our heaters. Fischer heaters are independently controlled with our wireless thermostat, allowing individual room temperature control. When the room temperature falls below a certain temperature, the heater will automatically turn on and keep the room at the desired temperature of the user. Fischer Future Heat has been manufacturing radiators for over 70 years and have been selling electric radiators in the UK for over 12 years. Fischer is a customer-centric company and prides itself on its impeccable customer service and has thousands of positive customer feedback and reviews to attest to that.

Fischer Future Heat would not only be a great addition in your homes for your family but would also make you a conscious environment-friendly individual who cares.

BREAKING: UK Government BAN sale of house coal by February 2021, phasing out loose coal by 2023 – NOW WHAT?

Coal – another damaging fossil fuel. One which releases harmful carbon in to our atmosphere when it is burned. We’ve been telling you that the world is waking up to climate change, and the UK government are doing all they can to help. Continue reading “BREAKING: UK Government BAN sale of house coal by February 2021, phasing out loose coal by 2023 – NOW WHAT?”