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The Night Storage Heater – Working with the Midnight Economy

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:59:28 Europe/London

Storage heaters are the tireless workhorses of the home, silently toiling away at night when we’re asleep to provide us with cut price heating the next day. They’re denizens of the dark created specifically to profit from the midnight economy of off-peak electricity tariffs and are renowned for being able to provide thrifty users with years of low-cost heating. The night storage heater is a completely different animal compared to most other electric heaters because of the unique way it warms spaces. It’s an appliance with two distinct personas – during the night it quietly stores heat and during the day it becomes an adjustable source of warmth. We’re taking a look at why these economical heaters are sometimes referred to as night storage heaters and how to make the most of the cheaper electricity offered by off-peak tariffs.

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Comments | Posted By Dawn Williams

Remove and Replace: Asbestos in Storage Heaters

Friday, 9 February 2018 10:22:27 Europe/London

Asbestos: one of the scarier things we learnt about in the 1970s, this naturally occurring substance has been causing trouble for decades. Once heralded as a “magic mineral,” asbestos was used in pretty much everything from car brake pads to prefabricated roofing. Nowadays, we understand the true health implications behind these troublesome fibres. But in the past, manufacturers were guilty of insulating whatever they could with them, including storage heaters. Of course, today’s storage heaters are free from asbestos, as they have been for decades. But how did we end up with such a toxic material in our heating in the first place?

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Comments | Posted By Indiana Smith

Economy 7 Heaters: Is the Cheaper Tariff Right for You?

Thursday, 4 January 2018 11:21:26 Europe/London

The Economy 7 energy tariff is a product of the 1970s that still holds its popularity today. A favourite among the thrifty and households without access to gas, Economy 7 encourages you to heat your water, run your washing machine, cook, watch TV, use the lights, charge your overnight radiators, and do just about anything that involves electricity, in the dead of night. This nocturnal behaviour is rewarded with a substantially reduced energy tariff, sometimes up to 50% cheaper than a regular daytime rate. With savings so tantalisingly high, we can see why so many turn to economy tariffs and night storage heaters. But despite the potential saving, is Economy 7 a viable option for you? How much money can you save? And is it worth the lifestyle change? In the name of cheap energy, it’s time to find out once and for all.

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Comments | Posted By Indiana Smith

The Future of Storage Heaters: Renewable Energy & Eco-Friendly Heating

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 15:10:50 Europe/London

Electric storage heaters have come a long way since their original conception in the 1960s. Once unsightly appliances that offered basic control, 21st century storage heaters are slimmer and more economical than ever – consigning the wood-veneered storage heaters of yesteryear to the history books forever. But what about the future of electric storage heaters? With record numbers of households making the switch to renewable energy, is there a future for the humble storage heater among solar panels, wind turbines, and biomass boilers? At Storage Heaters Direct, we thought it was about time to investigate exactly what the future holds for storage heating…

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Comments | Posted By Indiana Smith

How to Use Storage Heaters

Thursday, 23 November 2017 09:48:51 Europe/London

Storage heaters are simplicity itself once you understand the basics but their sparse controls can be a little daunting for newcomers. Many is the tenant that was left baffled by the strange, wall-mounted boxes in the rooms of their new flat, with no indication of their purpose aside from two mysterious dials. If you’ve moved into a new home with night storage heaters but don’t know how to use them, this blog will tell you everything you need to know.

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Comments | Posted By Dawn Williams

21st Century Heating: Storage Heaters for the Modern Home

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:54:48 Europe/London

Storage heaters often get an undue bad reputation in the electric heating world. Despised and adored in equal measure, storage heaters can be an effective alternative to conventional heating methods - aiming to provide cheaper daytime heating in conjunction with night-time energy tariffs. A product of the early 1960s, storage heater design has remained largely unchanged, with many models still flaunting simple turn dial controls and uncompromising boxy housings. For 21st century users, however, the storage heater tide is beginning to turn. With new legislation lingering just around the corner, manufacturers have been forced to develop eco-friendly designs that comply with new energy efficiency guidelines. For the modern household, we’ll be seeing a 60s revival as storage heaters become as smart, intuitive, and efficient as their electric radiator counterparts. 

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Comments | Posted By Indiana Smith

Why Storage Heaters?

Friday, 29 January 2016 16:11:38 Europe/London

For many years, storage heaters have been seen largely as an expensive and inefficient alternative to other methods of heating your home. Inarguably, a gas central heating system is still the most prevalent in the UK, but with gas prices constantly on the rise and the UK becoming more and more dependent on imports, people are starting to consider other alternatives, such as electric heating. Modern, designer electric radiators have boomer in popularity, largely due to the sheer efficiency and level of control they offer. Where does the new technology fit in with storage heaters? Don’t rule them out just yet!

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Comments | Posted By Natalia Zdrojewska

Who Benefits the Most From Using Storage Heaters?

Friday, 11 December 2015 12:55:55 Europe/London

Storage heaters have been around since the 70s. They are easily one of the most economical heating solutions, as they charge up during the night and take advantage of cheaper night-time tariffs. But depending on who uses them and where they use them, some of us can benefit from storage heaters more than others. Today I will explore what circumstances benefit the most from using a storage heater. 

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Comments | Posted By Natalia Zdrojewska

Storage Heaters: Advantages & Disadvantages

Wednesday, 9 December 2015 13:45:45 Europe/London

Storage heaters are somewhat of a tradition in the UK. Your parents and grandparents are very likely to remember having them in the 70’s or, as some would say, ‘back in the day’. They may not be the most advanced heating solution, yet there must be something special about them that kept them on the market for almost half of a century. Just like any other form of heating, storage heaters have a number of advantages and disadvantages to consider. Today, I am going to discuss both the positives and negatives of storage heaters, in order to make the search for your next heating solution easier.

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Comments | Posted By Natalia Zdrojewska

Bedroom Heating: The Storage Heater Conundrum

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:17:00 Europe/London

Do storage heaters work for you? You might think that the answer to that question, for most people, would be a simple yes or no. Storage heaters have a bit of a reputation as the “Marmite” choice in the home heating universe: beloved by the thrifty who thrive on the opportunity to take advantage of cheaper nighttime tariffs, scorned by those who prefer more control over their heating. But from our experience we’ve learned that many of customers take a less black and white approach to their heating – and that mixing things up, in some cases, might provide the most economical heating solution for your home.

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Comments | Posted By Victoria Bailey
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