How Much Does Central Heating Cost Per Hour?
If you’ve just moved out, you are not sure of the costs that come with being independent. For instance, how much will your central heating system cost you every hour? Though most people don’t bother to find out, it’s essential that you do (especially if you want to operate within a strict budget and monitor your central heating system’s efficiency).
But the challenge is in the fact that the central heating costs vary depending on the size of the house, the method used to heat the house, the amount of insulation in the house, the temperatures outside, and the general location of your home. Other factors affecting the cost of central heating per hour include taxes applied. With all this in mind, let’s delve deeper and learn how you can approximate the amount of energy used by your boiler system in an hour.
How you can measure your central heating system’s heater
Generally, the easiest way to determine the amount of energy you consume is to calculate the kWh (kilowatt). To do this, note the numbers displayed on the meter before turning on the heater and note the numbers displayed right before you turn it off.
In the UK, electricity costs about 13p per kWh. This means that is the central heating system consumes 2kWh; you will pay 26p for that hour. On the other hand, you can take the energy cost from the previous month, and divide it by 30 days and 24 hours. This calculation will give you a rough estimate of how much you paid for every hour the central heating system was running.
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The cost depends on how big the flat/house is. Generally, bigger homes cost a little more. The prices also depend on how long the heating has been running and at what temperature. It is because of this that individuals are encouraged to set the thermostat to the least comfortable temperature. Also, if you are away, set the thermostat to the lowest temperature it can go. If you are alone in a big house, focus the heat to the rooms you frequent
Choosing the best heating fuel
You have several options to try. These include solar, oil natural gas, wood, and electricity. In this piece, we shall compare the gas and electricity options in detail. Overall, central electric heating is a little cheaper to install and also easy to maintain.
Natural gas’s initial cost is high. And worse still, it has many maintenance requirements. On the flip side, electricity is expensive in comparison to gas per kWt. Gas can cost about a third of the price of electricity costs. And last but not least, electricity systems take a while to warm up in comparison to gas systems.
So which among the two (electric and gas), is the best? Well, honestly, the two appear evenly matched. But, electric heating options are best for warm climates and in areas where gas isn’t readily available, and gas is best for cold climate. There’s also the option of using renewable energy like heat pumps, solar energy, and wind turbines. Renewable sources of energy save about 60 and 80% of regular heating needs. Also, its installation is higher than that of gas and electric heating.
Since the cost of energy varies depending on several factors, we cannot give a blanket cost. Instead, we advise that you calculate the energy consumed in an hour, as directed above.