Electric is the fuel of the future for heating requirements. Dwindling supplies of north sea gas, the uncertainty of importing gas supplies, the volatility of oil prices and the commitment to reduce the U.K. carbon footprint all point towards electricity as the fuel of the future, with electricity to be generated by nuclear power and sustainable sources e.g. wind power, solar energy, wave power etc. Electric heating is 100% efficient and carbon neutral at the point of use, and with electricity being generated by nuclear and renewable sources in the future it will become completely carbon neutral. The government also promotes the use of microgeneration technologies e.g. solar panels, photovoltaics and wind turbines. Electric heating appliances are compatible with all these microgeneration technologies. As more low carbon and renewable sources of electricity become available we will increasingly see electric heating being favoured over gas.

BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC HEATING

LOW CAPITAL AND INSTALLATION COSTS

There is no requirement for unsightly pipework, and minimum disruption during installation. Because each heater can work independently, it is easy to add to a system as necessary or as budget permit.

LOW OWNERSHIP COSTS

The true ownership costs of a heating system should be looked at over a system lifetime. Electric heating systems have no moving parts and can be expected to last over 30 years. The boiler industry quotes a lifetime of 10 years for a boiler. Boiler based systems require costly yearly maintenance whereas electric systems are maintenance free. Electric heating is 100% efficient at the point of use meaning all the fuel used is turned into heat unlike boiler s