When the cold arrives, the electricity bill is a nightmare for many people. The truth is that although we give great use to electric heating, saving on the invoice is possible. Apply a series of tricks, choose the right type of radiator, and how we use it. If we take all this into account, it is possible to save some money on the bill.
That is why in the following Green Ecology article, we are going to discuss the issue of how to save on electric heating?
Tricks to save on heating
- A temperature of 19 to 21 º C is ideal for maintaining a comfortable home during the day, while at night, with 15 to 17 º C is enough. It is estimated that an increase of 1 º C in the temperature, increases the energy expenditure by 7%
- It is advisable to maintain a constant temperature at all times since significant variations in temperature increase the change considerably
- Take advantage of the hours of a higher amount of light, closing the windows and running the curtains at night so as not to lose the heat of the day. To ventilate the room, just 10 minutes
- Install an adequate insulation system in the windows. It is estimated that the heat losses through the windows, creates up to 30% of the heating need. The insulation of a window depends on the quality of the glass and the framing carpentry. It is believed that a double glass, manages to reduce up to half of the heat losses
- Close door and window cracks with putty or silicone to avoid unnecessary heat loss
- Install a programmable thermostat at the optimum temperature. This manages to save between 8 and 13% of the energy
- Adapt the heating to your schedules. For example, if you are away from home for a long time, it is not necessary to leave it on all day, but it can be programmed up to 1 hour before arriving. Of course, at night, it is best to turn it off.
- Compare the offers that are in the market at the time of hiring the light; that way, we can always achieve savings.
Type of heat emitter
The savings in electric heating does not only depend on the tricks mentioned above, but also on the type of emitter. There are two fundamental types of issuers, which we will select based on the characteristics of the home and the use we are going to give it.
- Dry emitters: these emitters manage to reach the desired temperature quickly, although they also lose it quickly. For this reason, they should be launched frequently, although they are more economical. Its use is more recommended in places and rooms that need sporadic heating and should not remain long on, for example, a bathroom.
- Fluid emitters are the radiators that provide greater comfort and lower consumption. Although these radiators take longer than the dry heaters to reach the desired temperature, they keep it for longer, so they should not be lit again and consumed again. In this way, the electricity consumption is lower than with dry radiators. The use of these radiators is recommended in those places or rooms that need continuous use of electric heating.
The type of device that allows us to regulate the temperature of the radiator is also essential for our final savings in heating. There are three types of regulation devices :
- Analog regulation: it is a small wheel to mark the desired temperature, and it is the most basic regulation device of all.
- Digital regulation: the regulator is a small programmable screen to mark the desired temperature. The screen is incorporated next to the radiator.
- Programmable digital regulation by Wifi: it is the most advanced device since they allow to program the radiator and control it from the own device and any mobile device
If we talk about savings, the least recommended is the analog device, since they do not allow programming or controlling the heating according to the hours of use of the house. Undoubtedly, the most recommended are the digital programmable devices, since they enable to program and adapt the consumption to the schedules. They also allow the control of the heating remotely, so that they are more accurate and precise.
An alternative to the use of electric radiators is the installation of radiant floors.