For most homeowners, changing their central heating operation is probably not very far up their 'to do' list, but for those who are moving into a new property or in the property renovation market, it's a serious consideration. At the moment, gas prices are marginally cheaper than electricity and so it sometimes makes sense to a lot of people to hang on to their gas systems for the time being, but if you're planning for the future you need to be thinking about the scale of your investment and how things might change over the next few years.
While gas central heating systems are cheaper like for like, electric heating can really compete when certain methods and habits are adopted. For example, a gas central heating system will offer you a single thermometer which you may adjust up and down, trying to balance warmth and cost-efficiency. An electric heating system however, while marginally more expensive on the surface, will provide you with an array of options for programming and scheduling, giving you ample opportunity to tailor your heating timetable to trim costs and save energy.
Most electric heating systems will not have a 'central' point like a boiler or control panel – they might not even run on the same circuit. They will be installed as individual units with their own independent programs. While this may seem long winded, it's not without its charms. Having independent units in each room may make the initial programming a little bit of a session (going from room to room and programming them individually), the benefits will certainly outweigh the cost of time. Installing an electric heating system in this way means that, essentially, every room in your house is operating in a separate timeline, carefully planned to tie in with your own daily schedule. The energy saving potential here should be obvious to those who have thought about it or have been afraid to pop their gas thermostat up by one or two degrees because one of the rooms in the house feels chilly.
In short, electric heating systems are going to surface sooner or later due to scarcity of fossil fuels and increasing gas prices. What people are not aware of, is that a lot of the technology we'll be hanging on when this day comes is already right here and working near perfectly. Those embracing solar panels or already pursuing more energy efficient solutions are missing a real trick if they have not already invested.