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Storage Heaters: What are the Differences Between Older and Newer Models?

As a traditional form of heating, storage heaters have been a mainstay in many of our homes, but in recent years they have seen some major upgrades. With advancing technology, appliances such as these have had to keep up with the times to make sure they retain their reputation as a cost-effective heating solution, which is why there are now considerable differences between the older and newer models. Storage heaters should usually be replaced about every ten years, so you may be thinking of updating to a newer model. If so, we have all the information you could need before making the upgrade.

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WiFi Controllable Storage Heaters: The Future of Economical Heating

In today’s world, technology connects to everything and everyone through the power of WiFi and that’s no different in the world of heating. In fact, we have our own specific range of WiFi controllable storage heaters that can connect you to your heating no matter where you are, delivering an extra level of control. So, let’s delve into the future of economical heating with these new and improved storage heaters.

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The Benefits of High Heat Retention Storage Heaters

The 1960s was a decade full of innovation, ambition and change. It saw the invention of the computer mouse, the mini skirt burst onto the fashion scene, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon and the first domestic storage heater was developed. The future was well and truly on the horizon.

This blog looks at the evolution of storage heaters and the beneficial features that have been added to catapult this traditional heating system into the 21st century. 

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Can Storage Heater Bricks be Recycled?

Recent updates in electric heating mean that it’s never been a better time to invest in upgrading your system, and looking at the smart storage heaters in our range, it’s easy to see how the technology has come on in leaps and bounds. If it’s time to ring in the changes and update to a modern storage heater system with all the bells and whistles, you might just be wondering what to do with your old heaters, or more accurately, the bricks inside them. Can they be recycled? Do they have another use? Or is it simply easier to have your installer take them away? While the latter is undoubtedly the method most people would opt for, old storage heater bricks can have some surprising uses if you’re in need of a pet project. Here are some of the most popular unconventional uses for storage heater bricks…

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The Role of Economy 7 Heaters in the Modern World

The humble storage heater, alongside the UK’s overall energy-efficiency, has been the subject of scrutiny for most of 2018. Throughout the year, we’ve seen numerous government initiatives attempt to curb our energy use, improve eco-efficiency, and cement our place in a brighter, greener future. Among Lot 20 and other government-led energy initiatives, what place is there for older heating methods, such as Economy 7 heaters, in the modern home?

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The Next Generation of Electric Storage Heaters

You might have noticed over the past few months that the number of manual storage heaters has taken a drastic dip, the supply drying up like a riverbed in the savannah. Just where did the older models go and why the abrupt surge of newer products? It’s all because of new laws handed down by the EU that came into action on the 1st January this year. These new directives – known as the Ecodesign directives – were designed to bring all domestic electric heating up to a higher standard, and for storage heaters, this meant big changes. No more rudimentary controls and no more being left in the cold if you run out of heat. We’re looking at a new generation of electric storage heaters, ones that are able to offer a level of control to rival other heating systems. They’re electric heaters for the modern age and they’re here to stay.

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Preparing Your Electric Storage Heaters for Summer

Last week we had a tantalising glimpse of the upcoming summer with clear skies, temperatures in the mid-twenties, and glorious sunshine all week long. For storage heaters, this sort of weather signals a regime change. Throughout the warmer months, to ensure you’re keeping your house cool and your heating bills low, it’s time to adapt the way you use your storage heaters and start preparing for the summer…

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The Night Storage Heater – Working with the Midnight Economy

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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Remove and Replace: Asbestos in Storage Heaters

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

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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