Date posted: 31.10.23

COP28 starts in just a few weeks (30 Nov 2023). COP27, which took place in Sharm El Sheikh in November 2022, placed a significant emphasis on lowering our global carbon footprint. This year will be much the same. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international climate summit which is held annually. At COPs, world leaders meet up to work together on solutions to tackle climate change.

How can you help do your bit?

There are lots of things you can do to lower your carbon footprint, from using less energy in the home, driving fewer miles and recycling more. One other way to lower your carbon footprint is to change your ageing electric fire for a new, higher-efficiency model. Efficiency aside, there are also some very credible reasons why you should consider electric…

In The Begining….

There is a wide range of fuel types available to heat a room in your home. In the distant past, an open fire was the only option available. Then, over time, along came electric and gas. Gas fires became available way back in the 1850s. It wasn’t until the 1890s that they started to become a little more popular – although generally only purchased by more affluent households. Fast forward some 60 years to the 1950s, this is when there was a huge increase in gas fires.

The first electric fire dates back to 1912, although, like with gas, it wasn’t until the 1950s until electric fires became commonplace in a household in the UK.

The open flame was starting to get outshone somewhat…for a short time at least.

The open flame was developed further with the development of more intelligently designed stoves, and development progressed further still with the recent introduction of Ecodesign Ready glass-fronted appliances, which provide incredibly high levels of efficiency.

Over the years, the various heating appliances evolved, improved and developed. Only a few decades back, with developments in gas fires and stoves and the desirability of grand fireplaces, an electric fire was seen somewhat as a last-choice option.

Electric wasn’t seen as that desirable…

Fast forward to 2023, and electric fires have developed and become more desirable. Here are the reasons to take a closer look at electric fires (options vary on models):

Electric Fires – Key Features in CJ Range:

Perfect Efficiency– Our range of electric fires have 100% efficiency at the source
Liveflame – A realistic flame effect with a choice of three flame colours and five flame speeds
Real Flame Technology – The newly launched Luminosa fires now have Real Flame Technology. The sharpest most realistic flame on an electric fire
Ambient light bed – There are 13 light bed options or automatic settings which cycle through the whole range
Mood settings – Optional LED strips are available on a number of our electric fires
Thermocontrol remote – View and adjust the temperature of a room from the comfort of your sofa!
Tailored fuel bed – Ice crystals or a range of hand-painted ceramic logs – perfect for your fire
Programmable 7-day timer
– Pre-set the heating of our electric fires either daily or for 7 days
Active glowing ember fuel bed – Enjoy five brightness settings and 13 colours
Anti-reflective glass – Giving you an uninterrupted view of your electric fire

iRange i1250e Deep Electric Fire on media wall – perfect for larger rooms

It’s the varying designs and the options, which give electric fires an advantage. You can, quite literally, customise your fire based on how you’re feeling or the mood you wish to create in a room. This uniqueness is what attracts people to electric fires, where, in the past, they may have passed by for other fuel sources.

Other Advantages of Electric:

They are very convenient – you don’t need to worry about a chimney and the associated issues, which come with using a chimney, you also don’t need to worry about servicing issues, which you have with a gas fire, or the effort you need to commit to when you use a wood-burning stove. Despite the attraction of gas and wood – sometimes and for some only electric will do.

Enjoy all year round – You can switch on the flame effect (only) in the middle of summer if you wish, to create a relaxing focal point, but with no heat. Not only is this incredibly cheap to use, but it also produces no heat. If you want heat, this can be done with a click of a button.

100% Efficiency – With heating and electricity prices rising, it makes sense to invest in something, which won’t be excessively expensive to run. An electric heater dissipates heat directly into a room. No heat is lost through a chimney or venting.

Greater control – The heat from an electric fire (and so power demands) can be very quickly controlled, more so than a wood-burning stove for example.

No harmful gases – When you burn anything, it’s natural for gas byproducts to form. With an electric fire, there will never be any harmful gases – ever.

Pretend flames – While an electric fire may not truly give the same look like a gas fire or stove, the fact the flames are not real does have a safety advantage.

View our range of electric fires.

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