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What to Consider

Whether designing or planning a commercial, residential or hospitality development, electric heating can often be seen as a more costly option than other fuels types, particularly gas. Whilst gas remains generally cheaper than electricity the UK government has set a clear objective towards a carbon-neutral position by 2050, with electricity generation strategies via nuclear power and sustainable sources e.g. wind & solar energy.

In addition to the above, the UK government also promotes the use of microgeneration technologies such as solar panels, photovoltaics, and wind turbines. Electric heating is compatible with microgeneration technologies, which have a lower carbon impact. Moreover, when compared to European countries the UK benefits from far lower electricity costs, and of all members in the EU, the UK enjoyed the fourth-lowest electricity cost. Therefore it is likely that developers, building designers and architects will look to electric heating as an alternative and viable heating solution.

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When considering electric heating, it is important to ensure that any electric radiator or towel rail is compliant with The EU Ecodesign Directive. Ecodesign covers all energy-related products sold in the domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors.

The Ecodesign 2009/125/CE directive, which came into force on 1 January 2018, states that the European Commission establishes a minimum ecological design requirement for products that consume energy. Ecodesign legislation aims to reduce the environmental impact of energy-consuming products by improving their design and performance.

Electric heating solutions depending on their design and technology have varying degrees of consumption and therefore varying environmental impacts. The Energy Labelling Directive complements the Ecodesign Directive and ensures that end-users and consumers alike are visibly informed of a product's performance and in doing so select products that have better environmental credentials over and above aesthetics.


Electric heat emitters present some potential noteworthy benefits over and above their traditional gas counterparts’:

  1. Reduced Installation Costs

  2. Direct and Independent Heat Emitter Control

  3. No boiler Servicing & Maintenance costs

  4. Reduction in Noise Pollution

  5. Reduced Heat loss (through central heating pipework)

  6. Reduced risk of damage (potential water damage)

  7. Environmentally Friendly

  8. Energy Efficient

Electric Steel Multi Column

Our range of Electric Clyde Steel Multi Column radiators are often the electric heat emitter of choice, our Electric Tesi Radiators meet many of the design considerations for specifiers and contractors, including.

  1. Fully electric in range of power options

  2. Italian manufacture and design 

  3. A vast array of colour and finish options

  4. Column Radiators suit a variety of interior designs from modern to traditional

  5. An efficient and cost-effective installation


In addition to our range of electric steel multi column radiators, Clyde offers a selection of complimentary electric towel rails for both bathroom and washroom environments. 



To find out more about Clyde’s range of electric heating solutions, or to ask us to source or quote on a specific style of electric radiator or towel rail contact us on 01342 305550 or via email

Alternatively, download and completed our "Specification Request Form” below with your electric heat emitter needs and return it via email to, where one of our team will contact you to discuss and quote your exact specification needs.

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