How Much Do Electric Radiators Cost to Run?

Warm, cosy houseThe question of how much it costs to run an electric radiator is a common one. Unfortunately, there is no straight and simple answer as to exactly how much it will cost every homeowner to run radiators for heating. It is simply impossible. Numerous factors influence the final cost of running these appliances and your energy bill. Some of the considerations that affect how much electricity bill you will pay for using the modern electric heaters include:

The Factors That Impact Your Electricity Bill

#1. The size of the space you heat with the radiator. Obviously, heating a larger room will consume a greater amount of energy. As such, you use more electricity, resulting in a higher energy bill.

#2. The age of your house. Older houses tend to have insufficient, inefficient, and ineffective insulation. As such, they are less energy-efficient, requiring more heating. This is the case unless you have already made changes to the house.

#3. The number of people in your household. The more people the system has to provide heat for, the more costly it will run. Moreover, given that different people have different comfort levels, running different radiators in the house at different levels will result in higher electricity consumption. Heating many rooms will obviously cost a lot more than heating just a few rooms.

#4. The exposure of your house to the elements. While you may feel that you are well-protected from the wind, torrential downpours and winter storms while inside your home, your house may still be exposed to such elements. This may, in turn, affect how many radiators you have running in your house to provide warmth. The exposure levels may also affect how often you and how long for you run the heaters.

Terraced houses with houses on either side are better at retaining heat and for longer. Such houses also benefit from more heating from other neighbouring homes. On the other hand, single detached homes are obviously exposed to many more sides. They are, therefore, unable to retain heat for longer. They also do not benefit from additional residential heating. This is particularly prevalent in north-facing properties that are exposed to harsh weather and winds.

#5. The time of year also influences your energy bill. During the summer months, you will require less heating and, therefore, you will run the radiator less frequent. The opposite is true for winter, where you have to run the heater more often and for longer to keep your house warm.

Calculating Your Electricity Bill

Keeping the above influencing factors in mind, you can still estimate the cost of running your radiator to gain a better understanding of your potential energy bill. A basic cost-estimation will include:

(Radiator output (kW) x the number of hours you use it) x pence per kW hour = cost of radiator (p)

As you can appreciate, this calculation formula does not account for any daily variations over a given month. It will only provide you with a rough estimate. For instance, for the days that you spend much more time away from home (say, while in school work, or when you go on holiday), you will run the radiator for less time or even you will not run the heater at all.

How to Control Your Heating Bill

If you have concerns over the heating bill, you can take steps to control the heating. The smart hub Wi-Fi gateway allows homeowners to control their heating conveniently and easily. It comes with a programming app that allows you to control the radiator output precisely. Importantly, the app also allows homeowners to make real-time adjustments. The radiators that come with this system have built-in sensors that detect when a window is left open, cutting power off to reduce unnecessary energy consumption, thereby reducing your energy bill.

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