People on Total Heating Total Control, THTC, have effectively three electricity supplies :-
1) The cheap rate supply that charges your storage heaters, on at night but also on intermittently during the day giving boosts to your storage heater units , sometimes by timer , but often controlled by a radio signal Someone ( possibly based in Perth) decides (theoretically on the basis of the weather) if he should give a boost to the hundreds of thousands of peoples heaters (or not) YOU HAVE NO CONTROL APART FROM THE OFF SWITCH!!
2) The cheap rate supply that controls your panel heaters, focal point fire in the living room (if you have one, usually found hard wired), your hot water and possibly a towel rail in the bathroom
3) The “standard” supply, which is used for lights, television, cooking etc. The only problem is you are not charged a standard rate. You are charged a premium over other non storage heater users, in the region of 20-30% .So it is not really a standard supply it is a PREMIUM PRICED electricity supply.
Basically THTC customers are penalised for having access to cheap rate electricity, this seems to happen with any dual tariff supply, but the premium is much higher because you have access to something that other storage heater tariff's don't have …. A CONSTANT SUPPLY OF CHEAP RATE ELECTRICITY!
This can be a valuable benefit, but most people don’t use it! We have lost count of the number of people that rarely use the panel heaters in the bedrooms or don’t use their focal point fire connection in the living room.
Our heaters, in many cases, can be used as an alternative to these heaters which means you don’t only get superb economical heating, but you can often take advantage of your much less costly power supply.
So if you use a high percentage of your total energy as cheap rate heating, the surcharge on your standard tariff is perhaps not too bad, Its a question of being aware of what you have got available to you and using it effectively
We can advise you on this as everyone's requirements are different.
Sometimes if people want only one or two of our heaters, then it is worthwhile keeping THTC (to have THTC you should have 60% storage heaters in your house, even if you don't use them)
If looking for a complete change to your heating, then it is usually best to change to a single tariff, this then gives you the opportunity to shop around for the best supplier, you can’t do this with THTC as Scottish power (SSE) have a monopoly on this system.
Our heaters are economic to run with quality controllable heat on both the cheap rate or standard tariff.