The UK government raised the price cap on energy bills from earlier this month as experts predict thousands will have to choose between heating and eating out
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Many Britons are looking for ways to cut costs as thousands across the UK are set to add nearly £700 to their energy bills.
Amid a livelihood crisis with all-time high inflation, increases in Social Security taxes and rising interest rates, many have feared the start of this new fiscal year.
But earlier this month, the price cap on energy bills set by regulator OFGEM also rose hugely to a record £1,971.
The rise in costs means the average household will see their gas and electricity bills increase by £693 a year.
So which of the two is cheaper to run?
Most central heating models use gas radiators that pump hot heat from a boiler to heat multiple rooms at once.
Of course, this can be expensive, as it consumes gas across the board for several hours a day.
The alternative is to only heat the room that you use or need to heat with a self-sufficient electrical appliance.
Electric heaters get their power from outlets rather than a centralized system, but that’s not necessarily cheaper upfront.
While market chaos has made it nearly impossible to estimate accurate electricity and gas prices, traders estimate the former is more expensive, reports The Express.
Data reported by checkatrade.com since the last stable price – in December 2021 – gas heating costs show around 4.65p per kWh.
Electric heating is almost four times more expensive at 16p per kWh.
But the use of electricity saves elsewhere, for example during installation.
Gas central heating requires the hand of a specially trained craftsman and costs up to 5,250 euros on average.
Electric central heating systems cost significantly less, averaging £3,790.
Heaters that are not permanently connected to the mains electricity usually require a single outlet without the need for an electrician.
But there are other factors to consider when considering whether to use an electric heater.
One of those considerations is efficiency, as gas is not converted to heat at a 1:1 rate.
Most research shows that gas boilers are about 90 percent effective at peak efficiency.
Electric heaters produce one unit of heat per hour of operation.
In the long run, electricity can give people more bang for their buck.
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