Do you have old storage heaters in your home? Consider Infrared!

Storage heaters were hugely popular during the 70s / 80s when the UK was producing a large amount of electricity from slow reacting power plants. The power plants couldn’t be turned off at night (for example nuclear power plants), so were creating a huge amount of electricity even though demand during the middle of the night was very low.

The energy companies tried to encourage demand by introducing the Economy 7 (or Economy 10) tariffs. Economy 7 tariffs provided a home with a dual electricity meter (or in some cases two separate meters) allowing the household to access cheaper electricity at night – this came at the expense of charging a slight premium on electricity prices during the day. The storage heaters would use this cheap electricity to charge and then the heat would be released as required through the day. Continue reading…