Direct electricity heating - an expensive form of heating
When we started producing nuclear power in Sweden in the 1970s, direct electricity became very popular in Sweden. The main reasons for this were that the price of electricity was reduced dramatically and that electricity was no longer rationed in favor of industry. It was during this period that a large number of Swedes switched to direct-acting electricity, which is the reason why many houses are still heated by this heating system.
Just electricity as heating has come to get a pretty bad reputation lately. Many people now regret that they followed the trend and installed the heating system when it was most popular. This is due to today's high electricity prices and the fact that the system makes it difficult to change the heat sources.
Among the Nordic countries, Sweden is at the top when it comes to heating with this heating system.
What is direct electricity heating?
Electricity can heat a house through water-borne electric heating or in this case, direct-acting electric heating. This is the electricity you get directly to the house via the electricity grid. With direct-acting electricity, your house is heated by elements or in some cases by electrical loops in floors and ceilings where the electricity can be converted into heat.
What does direct electricity heating cost?
In relation to other types of heating, such as pellets, direct is the most expensive form of heating. However, installation is relatively inexpensive.
How much you need to pay in electricity bills each month is difficult to predict as there are several factors at play. It partly depends on what the electricity price is that month, but also on how much electricity you consume. If you heat your home with direct-acting electricity, however, you can easily find out how much you paid by checking your electricity meter or electricity bill afterward.
If you want to make a rough estimate of how much electricity you will consume this year, an alternative is to multiply the number of square meters on your house by 120. Let's say that your villa is 100 m² large. In this case, the calculation will look like this: 100 x 120 = 12,000. You will thus have an estimated electricity consumption of 12,000 kWh per year.
Normal electricity consumption for an electrically heated villa is usually around 25,000 kWh per year. A common question is how much of the electricity consumption is used to heat a household with direct-acting electricity. Heating and hot water are the ones that consume the most energy, about 80 percent of the total electricity consumption. The rest is household electricity.