Electric heating scores over gas in annual and lifetime costs
The lifetime costs of electric heating for homes can be 46% less than gas, according to a study comparing a typical installation of six electric or wet radiators with their lifetime expectations. It used information from the National Landlords Association and British Gas Servicing to understand true costs. Fuel costs were based on BRE GPG345 and updated with the latest and least-expensive online prices for gas and electricity on 20 March 2006. The annual cost of electric heating can be more than 17% less than gas. While electricity is the more expensive fuel, there is no annual maintenance cost associated with electric heating. Installed costs for electric heating are also very much less than for a gas-fired system. The survey puts the true lifetime costs of a gas installation at £725 a year, compared with £390 a year for an electric system. The analysis is seen as having particular relevance for social housing and landlords. It is a legal requirement that gas heating appliances must have thorough annual safety checks and, under the conditions of a manufacturer’s guarantee, be serviced by competent and skilled personnel. In response to these developing cost trends, Creda has developed an electric panel heater that complies with the requirements of the latest Part L. Key features include fast response to requirements and close control. The company also argues that energy-efficient electric heating can maximise the zero-carbon benefits of electricity generated from renewable-energy sources.