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HOUSEHOLDS struggling to stay warm at home may want to consider buying an electric heater, instead of reaching for the thermostat.
The right electric gadget can save you money compared to central heating.
While the energy is expensive, heaters are great for only warming up one room or if you only need to heat an area for a short period.
It comes as the average household’s yearly energy bill rose to Â£2,500 on October 1 – up from Â£1,971.
After April, help will be targeted at hard-up households, although details of how haven’t yet been confirmed.
If you’re trying to avoid turning on the heating, we’ve rounded up cheap electric heaters available online.
As always, make sure to factor in any delivery costs before you buy.
It’s also worth calculating the running cost of each heater before you splash the cash and leave it on full blast for whole evenings.
Plus, remember to shop around in case you can find better deals elsewhere.
Wilko – Beldray Upright Fan Heater 2000w
- Price: Â£15 – buy now
The cheapest electric heater we could find at the major retailers is by Beldray, and costs just Â£15 at Wilko.
It comes with two heat settings as well as a cool air function.
The portable heater has a power light and will automatically switch off if it’s tipped over for safety reasons.
It measures 22.5cm x 12.5cm x 26.5cm.
Screwfix – MH-7-1 Freestanding Quartz Heater 1,000W
- Price: Â£16.99 – buy now
For an extra Â£2, you can get a Quartz heater at Screwfix.
Similarly to the above, it has two heat settings and automatic tip-over protection.
The gadget is freestanding and comes with a one-year guarantee.
Toolstation – 2kW Convector Heater Standard
- Price: Â£23.99 – buy now
If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you can get a 58cm long heater at Toolstation for Â£23.99.
This 2kW convector heater is free-standing, so thereâs no need to fix it to a wall or bracket.
It comes with three heat settings – 750W, 1,250W and 2,000W.
B&Q – Oypla Electrical 2KW Free Standing Convector Heater
- Price: Â£27.99 – buy now
B&Q is selling an Oypla-branded heater with three settings for Â£27.99.
It’s freestanding and comes with a power light as well as a one-year guarantee.
It can be used for domestic, office as well as workshop purposes.
Dunelm – Grey 1200W Halogen Heater
- Price: Â£28 – buy now
Halogen heaters radiate heat directly, which makes them one of the most energy efficient you can buy.
Dunelm is selling one with three heat settings for Â£28.
This is suitable for medium-sized rooms and costs around 40p an hour, according to Dunelm.
Medics have warned about the long-term skin effects of using heaters.
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