Applied Energy, leading manufacturers of the Redring, Creda and Stiebel Eltron brands has publicly welcomed the Energy Review 2006 in a recent conference on public sector heating.

“If its ideas are progressed it will create a framework for investment in Nuclear power and create a real market for Renewable technologies. However, in the month of Energy Efficiency Week it is important we call for further regulation to make best-practice levels of energy efficiency within buildings mandatory.

“The net result we all need is lower carbon central electricity generation, grants for micro-generation technologies and more thermally efficient buildings, with more ambitious levels of air-tightness dictated. The likely impact will be a continued growth in modern electric heating and hot water; fast growth in the use of Solar Thermal water heating, air and ground source Heat-Pumps in block-assessed buildings and increased specification of MVHR,” said Richard Scott, Business Manager for Applied Energy at the recent conference.

As the recent energy review clearly signals, the increased use of renewables and nuclear power will significantly lower the carbon impact of central electricity generation; which should be welcomed by all. The latest ‘passive safe’ nuclear reactors produce only 10% of the waste of current designs and have a 100% safety record.

As many countries around the world are now recognising; zero-carbon electricity generation allows for zero-carbon heating with modern electric appliances. In Japan for example over 270,000 houses have recently been converted to electric only, for these reasons. “The twin challenges of climate change and energy security demand that we implement the recommendations of the energy review without delay” Added Richard Scott for the company.

The need to reduce carbon emissions is now paramount but in some respects quite separate from energy costs. However, massive increases in energy prices are a real concern for householders and tenants alike. Energywatch report a 92% increase in gas prices to July 2006, with only a 54% increase in electricity. Since then the gap has widened further. It is now recognised that Electric heating can be at least 17% cheaper than gas central heating for the average householder over the lifetime of the heating system, according to a recent study.

However, when all the relevant costs such as installation; maintenance; fuel costs and safety checks are accounted for, then the annualised cost difference can be as high as 46% for landlords and social housing developers.

This is achieved as electric offers lower capital outlay, is quicker and easier to install, offers flexibility in design and building layout, requires no pipe-work and presents no risk of water leakage and requires less maintenance and servicing.

Modern, highly controllable electric heating remains compliant with the recent revision to Part L of the building regulations and demonstrates improved SAP / Part L performance over traditional electric appliances. Today ‘Mains Borne’ central heating zonal control includes intelligent ‘learning’ systems that actually choose the best tariff, so reducing costs further; products like Credanet and Creda Eco-Response are at the forefront of modern electric heating.

As demographics change and the population gets older the demand for care homes and sheltered accommodation grows. In parallel, more older and younger people are living alone. Both factors increase the construction of flats and apartments which tend to favour an electric heating and hot water solution.

The UK is fast approaching 50% of its new-build activity in so called multi-dwelling buildings. The Part L provisions for block-assessment combined with the increased use of renewables like Redring’s Lazer II solar-collector or Heat-Pumps from Stiebel Eltron are ensuring a bright future for modern electric heating.

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