- Make sure you’re using off peak electricity for as much of your heating as possible
- Check your Economy 7 or off peak times with your energy supplier as they vary depending on where you live
- Are your heaters storing the right amount of heat? Most modern storage heaters do this automatically but on older models, you need to set the charge controller
- Set the amount of heat to be released, and when.
How to set your storage heater:
Storage heaters have two controls:
The input controls how much heat is stored overnight, while the output controls how fast the heat is let out. Older versions of storage heaters generally have manual settings so you have to adjust the settings regularly, sometimes even daily.
Using the input control
Setting this depends on how cold it’ll be the next day. If you think it will be cold - turn up the input the day before. If you think it will be warmer - turn it down. The higher the input – the more energy will be used and the more it will cost to run.
Remember that any change you make to the input setting won’t work until the following day.
Using the output control
The higher the output setting, the faster the heat will be let out. Even on the minimum setting the heater will still release the heat. It’ll do it more slowly and over a longer period of time.
You have to recharge your heater overnight if it’s released all of its heat. Set your output control to suit your daily routine so you don’t have to get extra heating costing you more.
You can make the heat last into the evening by putting your output control on the lowest setting possible most of the daytime and then again when you go to bed.
If you get cold in the evening you can turn up the output to a higher setting to let the remaining heat escape faster. But don’t forget to turn it back down to minimum before you head off to bed.
On manually controlled models, you want to shut the heat off when you’re going out. And turn it right down when you’re not using a room.
Programmable heaters let you schedule regular heating times so you can pre-heat rooms.
App-controlled heaters usually come with more advanced features, letting you alter the schedule remotely, for instance, via your phone.
- To make sure you have some heat left for the evenings, try not to overheat the rooms during the day. Otherwise, you’ll need to use the ‘boost’ or ‘balancing’ feature – if you have it – which uses peak time electricity.
- Remember to turn your storage heaters off when you go on holiday. If you’re heading away in winter, keep them on a low setting to prevent your home from getting too cold and damp.