It works best in smaller homes with good insulation.
Heat your home: Getting the most from your storage heaters
The ‘Input’ control allows you to select the amount of heat stored overnight. You can use a higher setting in the winter months and a lower setting in summer.
‘Output’ or ‘boost’ is a manual control which is used to provide a quick supply of heat. A high setting will generate this supply automatically in the afternoon while a lower setting will set it off in the evening.
You can avoid manually setting the controls with Economy 7 Automatic were the ‘input’ and ‘output’ controls should be set to high all year round. The over night heat storage will be adjusted automatically depending on the weather.
Heat your water
With Economy 7, a full cylinder of hot water will be provided each morning and a one hour ‘top-up’ in the afternoon (depending on the wiring). The heat setting is usually controlled by either your own time switch or by an NIE teleswitch.
Pre-set your time switch to ensure your immersion heater is being used during low cost periods.
Make savings on household appliances
Economy 7 provides seven hours of low rate electricity daily, between 1am-8am in winter and 2am-9am in summer (times may vary–if in doubt please call 08457 455 455)
Always on appliances such as your fridge and freezer will automatically benefit but you can make further savings by using washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers during low cost periods.
Never cover storage heaters or place them beside furniture as this can cause a serious fire hazard.