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Electric heater that doesn't cost fortunes to run ?

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by jonoefc71, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. jonoefc71

    jonoefc71 New Member

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    Any ideas ?
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    Phil57 Active Member

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    One thats wired to the street lighting!!;)
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    t72bogie Active Member

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    I think you will struggle as usually electric heaters are simple - energy in, energy out ...you want to heat a room and it takes xxxx watts to raise it 3 degrees, its gonna draw xxxx watts regardless of the type

    sorry, you cant beat the laws of physics converting electrical power into heat :(

    ...personally Id get an oil filled electric radiator ....at least you can get some residual heat out of the oil once warm ...rather than say a fan heater style one
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    In my experience they all burn electricity like it is going out of fashion.

    I suspect the most efficient is a portable oil filled radiator.

    Don't all appliances have to carry energy\environment ratings these days (A, B, C etc). You could go into Comet and Currys to see if any are more efficient than the others.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
  5. steptoe

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    what about a portable lpg heater
    Home Office Heating

    or
    http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500001801&productId=1500492897&langId=-1&engine=froogle&keyword=DeLonghi+SBF+Silver+Portable+Gas+Heater+4.2kW&_$ja=tsid:11527%7Ccc:%7Cprd:0521077%7Ccat:Heaters+And+Radiators
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    Knyght_byte Active Member

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    if its a temporary use thing, then just buy an oil filled for longer warming periods or a low draw (400-800w) fan heater to warm a room up quickly.

    If its long term, majority times its actually cheaper to extend your gas central heating. Alternatively, plumb in a storage heater and have an Economy 7 meter fitted providing your Daytime consumption isnt too high (E7 meter means higher rate than currently paying for day usage but much cheaper at night).
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    Cheapest way would be, not to heat the ROOM but to heat YOU.

    Some types of electric heater and a lot more directional that others.

    Soem will chug away for hours gently raising the whole temp of the room up a few degrees, giving gentle heat off in all directions, whereas other ones using the same amount of power can focus this all pointed directly at you.

    If you are just sitting in one spot (watching TV or on the PC) why heat the whole room?

    Ave money and just heat yourself up.
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    but fan heaters warm up instantly and oil radiators take time to heat up and during which time you dont get much heat but are still using just as much electricity.

    like you said, you cant beat the laws of physics.

    a few years ago we had free electricity and we found that cheap electric radiators were not very good as they just didn't get rooms that warm. the more expensive ones at about £100 worked good but didn't heat a room up nearly as fast as a 2KW fan heater. saying that however i would rather wear a coat and a hat inside than pay for electric heating now.

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