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Tackling fuel poverty with Quantum


More than 9,000 homes will benefit from the first payments made by the National Grid’s £150m Warm Homes Fund[1] in an effort to address the UK’s fuel poverty problem. However, electric heating is often left unaddressed from such schemes, resulting in a failure to support many homes that are in need.

16% of electrically heated homes in England are living in fuel poverty – a total of 454,480 households[2]. With funding schemes often not accounting for electric heating, and the knowledge that fuel poverty in electrically heated households is primarily due to outdated technology and incorrect specification, Dimplex has found an electric storage solution to begin to bridge the £160 million fuel poverty gap in England and Scotland: Quantum.

Quantum is one of the only products that has been recognised in Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), the Government's recommended methodology in England and Wales for measuring energy performance and demonstrating compliance for residential dwellings, as a ‘High Heat Retention Storage Heater’. Quantum has already proved to be an unrivalled system offering significant running costs and improved energy efficiency ratings. A maintenance-free response, its clever use of Off-peak energy can also provide up to 47% savings when compared to an electric convector or radiator system, and a 27% saving compared to a standard storage heater system.* It is expected that 90% of the heating requirement will be met with low-cost energy, and revolutionary iQ controls enable heating requirements to be pre-set with a seven-day programmer and different user profiles that can be used as required.

The level of control that Quantum provides gives both adaptability and affordability, ensuring no heat is wasted, and that the majority of the heat that is used is from Off-peak energy. By upgrading a manual charge storage heater with a high heat retention alternative such as Quantum, you would reduce the annual running cost by up to £418, a total of £8360 over the typical 20-year lifespan of the heaters – in most cases, lifting the household out of fuel poverty.

The technologies are available, the payback periods are justifiable and the ongoing savings that can be achieved are real.