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06 Dec 2021

Energy Efficiency – Go Electric Centric

We’re increasingly looking at ways to make our homes more energy efficient. For some, that’s updating our windows and doors, or loft insulation – whilst for others whose homes are already energy efficient, like new builds, it’s about our lifestyle choices.


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When it comes to localised heat, electric stoves and fires offer an attractive solution, especially given their Ecodesign-compliant range of energy features to minimise energy usage.

What does Ecodesign mean?

Ecodesign is focused on improvement in efficiency, carbon reductions and environmental targets across numerous groups of energy-using and energy-related products. For the heating industry, this means adhering to these new legislations to reduce energy and resource consumption. The legislation has been in place since 2018 for electric stoves and fires, meaning that today’s new electric stoves and fires now see intelligent control features that minimise wasted energy.

Meeting your energy needs

Electric fires and stoves now work in tandem with a user’s lifestyle, meeting a person’s energy needs in the most efficient way. This works especially well when it comes to localised heat required in a new-build or well-insulated property where all that is required is a steady localised heat from room to room.

For example, instead of putting the heating on for an hour and heating up the whole house, a homeowner may simply require an hour of heat in their living room before they leave the house again. Offering instant heat at the touch of a button, a homeowner can switch on an electric stove for as short a period as required.

Many electric fires will now feature adaptive start control, which works particularly well with routine usage. Adaptive Start Control allows the fire to turn on in advance of the pre-set heating times, ensuring that the room is already at the desired temperature when the heating time period begins. The fires will also vary the heat output and energy used in order to maintain set temperatures as efficiently as possible.

Along with this, many fires now also feature daily and weekly timer control functions, providing heat at set times of the day or days of the week.

No chimney, no problem

One of the biggest attractions to an electric fire is the fact they do not require a chimney to function.

Electric stoves and fires come in a variety of versatile options, from freestanding stoves to wall-mounted versions. Their design allows them to be moved from room to room if required, and makes installation simpler than ever.

Some fires, like the new generation eReflex 150RW from Gazco, for example, can even be installed as a corner configuration, giving the impression of a complex installation whilst really making the most of the space available. This particular fire also offers app control, allowing the user to make the most of the fire’s energy-efficiency features through their phone or tablet, including options such as open window detection. Should the room temperature drop by 4ºC or more within a space of five minutes, the eReflex 150RW will switch its heat off automatically to save energy – detecting that an open window or door is the reason for the loss of heat. Heat can be easily resumed via the app or even the remote handset.

Flames without the heat

When a property offers excellent insulation and central heating, it is not uncommon to not require any supplementary heat. However, you may still want a focal point that provides fireside ambience in the home.

An electric appliance can offer the charm and appeal of a stove or fire, but also has the handy option to display the flame visuals without heat at all. This makes an ideal solution in particular for new-build homes, adding visual ambience and functionality for both user and home.

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