• Boiler

Why switch to electric?

Now is the time to switch to efficient, environmentally friendly, low cost electric heating. More and more islanders are benefiting from electric heating as an alternative to gas and oil. Whether you want a complete new system or simply change your boiler, electricity offers a simple solution for every heating need.

Click here for details of our current heating offer

Your questions answered

I have a gas boiler, what are my options?

Most boilers can be easily replaced with an electric equivalent without too much disruption. If you have a combi boiler, you will need to install a hot water cylinder too, as an electric combi boiler isn't available at present.

Alternatively, you could install a highly efficient ground source or air source heat pump. 

I have an oil boiler, can I change to electric?

Most boilers can be easily replaced with an electric equivalent without too much disruption. If you have a combi boiler, you will need to install a hot water cylinder too, as an electric combi boiler isn't available at present.

Alternatively, you could install a highly efficient ground source or air source heat pump.

Your oil storage tank can be removed too.

I don’t want to install storage heaters as I already have radiators, can I just change my boiler?

Yes, you can easily replace your existing gas or oil fired boiler with an electric equivalent. The conversion is usually simple and straightforward. If you have a combi boiler, you will need to install a hot water cylinder too, as an electric combi boiler isn't available at present.

Alternatively, you could install a highly efficient ground source or air source heat pump.

I want the lowest possible running costs, what do you suggest?

A ground source or air source heat pump is the most efficient heating appliance on the market. Using heat from the ground or surrounding air, this clever appliance converts this heat into useable heat for use inside your home.

For every 1kW used to convert the heat, you can get up to 3kW of useful heat back.

What is the cheapest option to install electric heating?

Apart from plug-in heaters, night storage heaters are generally the most economical to install as they only require simple wiring.

I am building a new property, what are my options?

If you have the budget, a heat pump, combined with underfloor heating is by far the best option in terms of efficiency, comfort and environmental impact. Having said that, an electric heating solution is available for all heating needs. Click here for more details.

What is the most energy efficient system available?

A ground source or air source heat pump is the most efficient heating appliance on the market. Using heat from the ground or surrounding air, this clever appliance converts this heat into useable heat for use inside your home.

For every 1kW used to convert the heat, you can get up to 3kW of useful heat back.

What are my running costs likely to be?

It is difficult to estimate running costs accurately as many factors, such as seasonal temperatures, home insulation levels and individual preferences, will affect what you use.

If you currently have a gas or oil fired central heating system, you will be able to ascertain your annual fuel consumption from your bills.

Alternatively, contact your energy supplier and ask them for your last 12 months' usage in units (gas) or litres (oil) and any standing charges'

Once you have this information, we will be able to give you a relatively accurate comparison for an electric system.

Do you offer any finance packages?

Yes, two finance packages are available

Five years' interest free credit for installations costing up to £5,000
Five years' low interest credit for installations costing more than £5,000
All our finance packages are available through Close Finance

How often do I have to maintain an electric heating system?

Generally, electric heating appliances do not require any specific annual maintenance.

I want to have underfloor heating, what types of system are available?

There are two main types of underfloor heating; water and electric cable.

In a water system, warm water is piped from the boiler and runs throughout the floors of the property.

In an electric cable system, the cables themselves are run throughout the property and give off heat.

Normally, underfloor heating is installed at the time of construction, as it is more difficult to install into existing properties.

A third option is underfloor matting. However, this is more a floor warmer rather than a heating option. It is generally installed in bathrooms.

I have storage heaters fitted, can I add some more?

Yes you can, as long as the supply feeding your property is large enough. Click here for more details.

I am thinking about installing solar panels, I believe there are two different types?

Yes there are, Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal

PV panels produce electricity and thermal panels produce hot water

PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced.  Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can be mounted on your roof.

Solar water heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to heat up water that is stored in a hot water cylinder. A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a back up to heat the water further to reach the temperature you want

Both systems will ultimately provide 'FREE' energy however, installation costs can be high.

If I have an electric boiler installed, will you have to run any new cables?

Normally yes, but how much will depend upon where the boiler is located. Our estimator will advise you on this in more detail when he visits your property.

Will I have to have a new electric supply from the road?

Generally no, but our estimator will be able to advise on this in more detail when he visits your property.

Can I reuse my existing timers and controls?

If they are compatible with the new system and they appear to be working OK, then yes, we can often reuse them.

Does an electric boiler system operate differently than gas or oil?

Not really, the general principle is the same. You use a fuel source to heat water in a boiler and distribute the heat around the home.

There is one noticeable difference. An electric boiler does not need a flue or chimney and therefore no heat is wasted as with gas and oil fired boilers.

Can I switch my boiler off in the summer and use my immersion heater?

Yes you can. Lots of customers take advantage of low cost hot water during the summer months and switch their gas or oil fired boilers off.

Call our Customer Care Team on 505460 for more details.

What is the best tariff to be on?

We have a range of tariffs to suit all heating applications. The best advice is to decide on your preferred system and then choose. Click here for more details.

How do I get some advice?

If you can't find the answer to your question here, or would like to talk to someone about your specific requirements, please contact our Customer Care Team on 505460.