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Are gas appliances cheaper to run than electric?

Are gas appliances cheaper to run than electric

In answer to the question of are gas appliances cheaper to run than electric, yes, in general they are. However, before you rush out to buy a gas boiler, cooker and fire, and organise gas appliance installation London specialists, CW Services Plumbing and Heating to come and fit them, there are some points you might like to consider first.

Heating with gas rather than electricity

The most direct way of checking whether it’s cheaper to heat your home with gas or electricity, is to check their respective prices per kWh (kilowatt hour).

  • One kWh unit of mains gas costs approximately £0.04
  • One kWh unit of mains electricity costs approximately £0.15

On this basis it’s quite clear to see that electricity is in the region of 3 to 4 times more expensive that gas. Prices may change slightly according to the tariff you are on and who your supplier is.

However, there are one or two little curved balls to take into consideration when you ask, are gas appliances cheaper to run than electric?

Curved ball No1 – Boiler efficiency

Curved ball number one relates to the fact that whereas an electric radiator will transform 1kWh of electricity into 1 unit of heat, a gas boiler cannot. They are not as efficient. In actual fact, even a brand spanking new gas boiler will only work up to 90% efficient in fuel/heat conversion terms.

But in overall terms, because of the big difference in the price of the type of fuel, gas still wins out in terms of running costs.

Curved ball No2 – Non availability of mains gas

Curved ball number two relates to the fact that you may not live in a mains gas area. If you don’t, your only real option is to use LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and LPG at is considerably more expensive than either mains gas or electricity.

Cookers – are gas appliances cheaper to run than electric?

Apart from heating, the only other question relating to are gas appliances cheaper to run than electric, is with regard to cooking. Just comparing mains gas and electricity, gas cookers cost around £10 per year to operate whereas electric cookers cost around £45 per year to run.

Call the gas appliance installation London experts – CW Services Plumbing and Heating

Clearly, it is much less expensive to cook with mains gas or LPG rather than electric. If you want to consider swapping from electric to gas and you are looking for gas appliance installation London experts, we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating would be pleased to help. All our fitters are Gas Safe registered. For a free survey and no-obligation quotation call 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Reduce your heating bills in winter

Reduce your heating bills in winter

There are several things you can do in order to reduce your heating bills in winter. Some are simply measures and DIY jobs that you can undertake yourself. The list includes things like:

  • Ensure your loft, walls and hot water tank are well insulated
  • Make sure that the radiators in the rooms that you don’t use are turned off
  • Make sure that all radiators are bled to eliminate air locks
  • Take a shower rather than a bath
  • Only use as much water as you need when you cook and make hot drinks
  • Make sure that you keep your fridge and freezer doors firmly closed
  • Put draught-proofing around doors and windows
  • Change all light bulbs for the energy efficient variety
  • Reduce your heating thermostat to 21 degrees or less
  • Reduce the temperature of your hot water to around 60 degrees
  • Only have the heating on when you are at home
  • Ensure that you turn off all appliances or products on stand-by
  • Change the temperature setting for washing clothes to 30 degrees
  • Where practical allow wet washing to dry in the air
  • Ensure your loft (if you have one) is well insulated

Having your heating system overhauled is a great way of reducing heating bills in winter

Whether you have gas fired, oil fired, or electric heating at home, make sure it is in tip-top operating condition. It is one of the most effective ways of reducing heating bills in winter. The more efficient your heating system, the lower your heating bills will be.

Make sure your electric boiler is regularly serviced

We have already mentioned setting your heating system’s thermostats to 21 degrees or lower. However, you also need to ensure that your hot water boiler is working efficiently too. If you have an electric boiler, you need to make sure that the heating element doesn’t become too furred-up. If it does, it won’t heat the water as efficiently, and eventually it will fail altogether.

Having your electric boiler serviced every year isn’t as important as having your gas boiler serviced annually from a health and safety point of view. It is however, just as important from an efficiency point of view.

As well as making sure your boiler is working efficiently, the engineer or plumber carrying out the service can check to help ensure that parts are regularly checked, and where necessary changed, to avoid inconvenient breakdowns and costly repairs.

The importance of servicing a gas boiler annually

Having your gas boiler serviced annually is every bit as important as servicing an electric boiler from an efficiency point of view. Also, in terms of  avoiding breakdowns. Both things will help to reduce your heating bills in winter. With a gas boiler however, the most important issue is the danger of carbon monoxide (CO) emissions.

The dangers of CO emissions are well publicised. Having your gas appliances checked and serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer or plumber is a must. It will help to minimise any risk of harmful emissions.

The top gas installation London based fitter to help you reduce your heating bills in winter.

CW Services Heating and Plumbing are not only one of the top gas installation London based plumbers, but we also carry out annual boiler servicing. Our plumbers are all Gas Safe registered. It means you can employ us to service your boiler, to help reduce your heating bills in winter, whether your boiler is electric or gas.

For a new gas installation in London, or servicing existing gas or electric boilers, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

How often should you service your boiler?

How often should you service your boiler

The answer to the question of how often should you service your boiler rather depends on what type of boiler you have. If you have an electric boiler, it needs very little if no maintenance. The only things that tend to go wrong with them are the thermostats, the elements and getting furred-up if you live in a hard water area.

How often should you service your boiler if it’s a gas boiler?

Gas boilers on the other hand need to be services on an annual basis. This is when knowing a good boiler service London based contractor comes in handy. CW Services Plumbing and Heating are one of the best and most popular boiler specialists in the South London area. Have a quick browse through our website to see what we mean.

If the answer to the question of how often should you service your boiler, in the case of gas boilers, is every 12 months – you may wonder why this is. The answer is down to the fact that appliances that heat using real flames, can give off carbon monoxide fumes if the fuel they use isn’t burned properly.

The dangers of CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide or CO poisoning as it is often referred to, claims lives. If an appliance is emitting CO fumes in an unventilated or poorly ventilated room, it can lull unsuspecting victims to sleep. Depending on how long the victims remain asleep, the damage to their health can vary.

If victims awake or are awoken after only a few minutes, the damage may be no more than a bad headache. Long periods of unconsciousness can lead to brain damage (through oxygen starvation) and eventually death.

A real flame is a physical thing. It means that over time it will cause a build up of soot in flues and burners and this can cause the fuel, to not be properly burned. This is when CO emissions can begin. British Gas recommends that all gas appliances should be checked very 12-months. Theses checks are to ensure the appliance is functioning efficiently, and to look for any signs of CO emissions.

CW Services Plumbing and Heating is a Gas Safe registered boiler service London based contractor

The annual checks do not take long to do, but they should only ever be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. We here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are a Gas Safe registered company and our fitters are individually registered too.

To book your annual service and maintenance check with one of the top boiler service London based contractors, call us here at CW Services on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Repair or replace your gas boiler?

When it comes to the question of should you repair or replace your gas boiler, the answer depends on several issues. Probably the most important consideration to take into account is your gas boiler’s age.

There are two issues you face when you boiler gets too old. One, and by far the most important, is the danger of emissions. The other problem is that many manufactures won’t service or repair old boilers beyond as certain age. That age can vary, but with Worcester-Bosch for example, 20 years seems to be their cut-off period.

There is a third issue too which is about repair and running cost expenses.

Keeping safe from emissions whether you repair or replace your gas boiler

Carbon monoxide (CO) emissions are the prime safety concern with all gas fire appliances. Even a new boiler, if not properly serviced and maintained can emit carbon monoxide. CO poisoning is known in the trade as the “silent killer.” It can lull victims into a sleep from which they never awake.

So regardless of the fact of whether you are having a gas fire appliance repaired, or having it replaced, only ever employ Gas Safe registered fitters and plumbers to do the work.

What to do if the boiler’s manufacturer refuses to repair or service your appliance

If the manufacturer of your boiler will no longer support the device, what are your options? The first consideration should be whether original parts are still available.

There are some companies around that sell so-called “equivalent parts” that are deemed to work with certain appliances. To be completely safe however, you should only ever use original parts. You simply can’t afford to take chances with gas appliances.

If original parts are still available from a trusted source, then it is wholly possible to continue to repair and service and old boiler. You must of course only employ Gas Safe fitters and plumbers as already mentioned.

Escalating repair costs

The fact of the matter is that like any product, the older it gets, the more repair work and maintenance it will require. When considering whether to repair or replace your boiler, escalating repair costs are a key consideration. As a rule they will only continue to get rise as the device ages further.

Escalating running costs

Even if you manage to keep on repairing and getting an old boiler serviced, gas boilers eventually become less efficient with age. New technology and new materials continually lower running costs as they come onto the market.

The truth is that as your gas boiler ages, it will not burn or heat as efficiently, which means that your running costs will rise just to maintain the same levels of heat.

The London boiler repair specialist

Having a good plumbing and heating company around that you can trust is a big help. If you live in South London, and you need a good London boiler repair specialist, you can call on us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are a Gas Safe registered company.

Customer care is our first consideration. If your boiler will benefit from being repaired in a way that benefits your pocket; that is what we will recommend. If on the other hand your boiler is getting progressively older, less efficient and more costly to run, we will advise you to replace it.

To get in touch with us about whether to repair or replace your gas boiler, call 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Boiler Replacement Service London

Boiler Replacement Service London – CW Services Plumbing and Heating

If you live and/or work in the South London area and the boiler in your home or workplace needs replacing, CW Services Plumbing Boiler Service South Londonand Heating offer the best boiler replacement services at competitive prices.

All types of boilers catered for

Having worked in the plumbing trade for many years, we have experience and expertise installing all types of boilers, including:

  • Combination boilers
  • Conventional boilers
  • System boilers

Whether your boiler is electric or gas powered, we can install a like-for-like replacement, or recommend the most suitable replacement boiler for your premises based on the size of your premises, your power supply, and your heating needs.

We can obtain all major makes of boiler for you at competitive prices, or simply install an existing boiler if you have already purchased one.

Gas Safe registered

As a company, CW Services Heating and Plumbing, and all of our plumbing engineers, are Gas Safe registered. Your health and safety is our prime concern.

What our boiler replacement services include  

  • Free estimates
  • Free boiler advice from our experienced boiler installation engineers
  • Appointments made to your convenience
  • Old boiler removed and disposed of
  • Protecting your property – all exposed areas (carpets, flooring and other surfaces) will be fully protected during the installation process
  • Competitive pricing

Customer care at its best

We provide the very best in customer care. We will provide you with any advice you may need, and we always endeavour to turn up on time. If we are delayed due to circumstances beyond our control you will be fully informed and kept up to date. We will look after your property throughout the replacement process, and leave everything clean and ship-shape when we leave.

Emergency call-out service

When things go wrong with your plumbing and heating, it’s always at a bad time, which is why, if you have a genuine emergency, we offer a 24/7/365 emergency plumber call out service. Simply call us on 020 7733 6812
or 07949 095 184.

CW Services Plumbing and Heating – the boiler replacement specialists you can trust

Whether your boiler is on private premises or business premises, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are the boiler replacement specialists you can trust in the South London area. The chances are that someone near to you in South London has previously hired our services, and we will be happy to provide you with their contact details for a recommendation. Call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.