The energy experts at Uswitch.com explain whether you’re generally better off with electric heating or gas radiators if you’re looking to reduce your energy bills
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If you’re looking for ways to keep your energy bills down, you might be wondering if it’s best to use an electric heater or a radiator.
Energy regulator Ofgem has just introduced a huge increase in its price cap, which limits how much households can be billed for each unit of gas and electricity they use.
For those on a standard plan paying by direct debit, the price cap has increased from £1,277 to £1,971 – an increase from £693.
Prepay customers have seen a bigger jump, with their price cap increasing by £708 from £1,309 to £2,017.
With prices rising, we speak to energy experts at Uswitch.com to explain whether you’re better off heating your home with electric heating or your gas radiators.
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Is it cheaper to use an electric heater or gas heaters?
Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch.com, told The Mirror that electric heating is generally an expensive way to heat your home.
However, there may be times when it is cheaper to run an electric heater.
For example, if you only heat a room for a short time and the rest of your central heating is switched off.
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“An average 2kW electric heater costs £1.12 for two hours,” she said.
“Radiators that run on a gas boiler are generally a cheaper way to heat your home.
“The only case where it might be cheaper to use an electric heater is when you’re only heating a single room and you can turn off your central heating entirely.”
We also checked whether you should use a microwave or a regular oven when cooking to keep your costs down.
In general, using a microwave is much more energy efficient than using an oven.
This is also the case, according to Uswitch, who found that cooking a baked potato in the oven would cost around 27p, compared to 3p in the microwave.
For this comparison, Uswitch looked at a 0.97 kW oven versus a 0.8 kW microwave.
Not only do you use less energy initially, but you typically use a microwave for a lot less – so a baked potato can take an hour in the oven compared to just seven minutes for a microwave.
And with the water bill, we analyzed whether you should rather take a bath or shower.
To save the most money, the answer is to take a quick shower as it uses less water.
The average water bill is set to rise to as much as £420 this year, with the number of people in need of help expected to rise from 1.1million to 1.4million.
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