Electric storage heaters work by storing heat overnight and then releasing it gradually throughout the day.
They should be run on the Economy 7 tariff, which means that they use electricity supplied at the cheaper night time rate. The day time units are more expensive, so it’s worth putting certain appliances on a timer, such as washing machines and dishwashers. Not only does this mean you’ll get the benefit of the cheaper rate, you’ll also wake up to clean dishes!
The specific day and night periods on an Economy 7 meter vary between different regions and at different times of year. Usually the night usage is recorded between 11:30pm and 6:30am in the winter and 12:30am to 7:30am in the summer. You can contact us to find out the specific times for your meter. Modern storage heaters are fixed to the wall for stability, although their weight is taken by the floor. The heaters should be wired into your meter by an independent electrician and each one should have a separate on and off switch on the wall next to it.