Easy to fit and install
Most boilers can be easily replaced with an electric equivalent without too much disruption. Your oil storage tank can be removed too.
Economical and 100% efficient
An electric heater is regarded as 100% efficient because its energy input – the electricity you are billed for – matches its heat output and nothing is lost in-between. In comparison, an old oil or gas boiler could be only 65% efficient, meaning you are only getting 65p of heat for every £1 on your bill. Unlike a fossil-fuel powered system which gradually loses efficiency with age, electric boilers will remain 100% efficient throughout their lifetime.
Electric heat also comes with less expensive equipment and lower installation costs.
Compact and quiet
As no flame exists, electric heating systems are significantly quieter than oil or gas heating systems. You can also get rid of cumbersome oil tanks, ugly gas bottles, unsightly flues and free up precious space in your garden or outdoor area.
Lower Running Costs
A 10-year Gas boiler lease plan may sound tempting, but it will cost you more in the long run. In an average two-bedroom home a new gas boiler, which might be 85% efficient, could cost approximately £1,208 per year to run. In comparison, an electric boiler will cost just £695 per year to run, based on 7,500 kW-a-year heating running cost.
Black mould caused as a result of moisture can be detrimental to health and the quality of your home. Condensation dampness can occur in rooms where lots of moisture is produce and on cold surfaces. Condensation can be avoided by reducing the amount of moisture produced at home, creating adequate ventillation, and increasing heating when required to raise the temperature of the air and warm cold surfaces.
Adequate heating is important for combating condensation problems as it warms up the air (allowing it to hold more moisture) and internal surfaces. Unheated bedrooms can often suffer from damp as cold walls and windows attract condensation. Bottled gas heaters in particular are not advised in homes which suffer from condensation problems as for every litre of fuel burned, the heaters will release an equal quantity of water vapour.
Electric heating helps reduce your carbon footprint as it emits no harmful emissions. Because the majority of Guernsey’s electricity comes from sustainable, lower-carbon sources, when you switch to electric heating you’ll already be doing your bit for the island to be greener.
Over 85% of our electricity is imported from guaranteed lower-carbon sources in France via our undersea cable, GJ1. Our energy mix is made up of 33% certified hydropower, 53% lower-carbon nuclear leaving only 14% generated on-island at the power station.*
With no need for fuel delivery lorries, electric heating can also reduce the number of vehicles on our roads. With no domestic oil tanks or gas cylinders, it can also help reduce the risk of pollution from leaks and spillages.
Our Solar Panel array at the power station generates electricity for the benefit of the whole community. In its first 50 days, the solar panels generated enough energy to light and power seven homes for a whole year, or drive 100,000 miles in an electric vehicle (EV).
*Figures as of 31 March 2018
Safe and easy to use
As well as being simple and user-friendly, electric heating has no flammable fuels, no flames and no emissions, so there’s no carbon monoxide to worry about. Electric heating presents no potential safety hazards where flammable vapours may be present, such as garages, basements and storage rooms.
For added peace of mind, Guernsey Electricity offer heating maintenance packages to suit your budget. Every system, no matter how reliable. should be serviced regularly to ensure everything is functioning correctly.
Integrated with renewable technologies
A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a backup or to supplement heat stored from renewable energy, such as solar power.
If you think electric heating could be for you, arrange your FREE home visit.
Let us know your current heating costs and we’ll work out how much a new electric system would compare to your existing heating over a 10 year average. We’ll then provide a quotation for a new, modern heating system that best suits your home.
If you accept the quotation, we will schedule the work, install and test your new system, ensuring its operating on the correct tariff. Or, speak to your preferred plumber or electrician to arrange an installation.
Find out more about what you’ll save when you switch to electric heating.
We also offer EasyCare boiler maintenance plans to ensure your new electric system stays in first-class condition.
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