Running your Everhot from Renewable Energy

An Everhot is the most economical heat storage cooker on the market but, being on all the time, it does consume more power than a ‘conventional’ cooker. 

As the price of electricity continues to rise, many Everhot owners are choosing renewable energy sources both to save money and the environment. 
If you already have solar panels, or are thinking of installing them, we are the range cooker brand to choose. An Everhot cooker requires a trickle feed supply which closely matches how solar power is generated. Your Everhot can ‘wake up’ as the sun rises and go into ‘sleep’ ECO mode as the sun sets. Most of our range cookers draw a maximum of 3kW, and an average of 600W, which means they won’t exhaust a solar system’s capabilities. 

Most recently, TV presenter and property developer, Sarah Beeny has been featured on Channel 4 welcoming an Everhot into her home. Sarah has been rebuilding a semi derelict former farmhouse, fitting it with solar panels. She says, “It really suited us to have a warm kitchen with a single source of constant heat, that is why we chose the Everhot. All the electricity is created from solar panels and stored in a power wall battery. Without the Everhot in the kitchen, the whole plan would have been flawed.”

The Everhot was originally designed over 40 years ago for a mill owner who generated his own power and wanted a cooker that used a small, steady flow of power that matched his generation.  We still supply to watermills but more commonly those characteristics are now sought out by those who generate, or are planning to generate, from solar panels or even wind turbines. With the ever-rising cost of electricity and our focus turning towards renewable ways of generating power; combining an Everhot with solar panels is an economical and environmentally friendly decision. 

We are happy to answer any questions you have about how your existing Everhot or the one you are hoping to buy, can work together with solar panels.


Frequently Asked Questions

Aren’t solar panels incredibly expensive to install?
Solar panels can be an expensive investment but typically provide a return in excess of 10%. With the current increasing electricity prices, the return can exceed 25%. The Government’s Feed in Tariff scheme no longer exists for new solar panel purchasers, but the Smart Export Guarantee does.  
Are solar panels technically difficult to manage?
Solar panels work seamlessly in the background with your normal electricity supply and require no further expertise from the user. Excess energy will be automatically exported to the grid but it’s far more beneficial to use it all yourself and any excess can be stored in batteries, if you have them, to run your house overnight.
We live in Britain, will solar panels work with our British weather?
Solar panels work well in this country from spring through to autumn. However, November, December and January can be poor production months. A typical domestic system of solar panels is 4kW, but if you have additional space on your roof then we would suggest getting more panels fitted, where possible, as it will mean you can generate sufficient power for more of the year and will have excess energy available to store in batteries. Batteries can be added at the time of installation or at a later date – the larger the installation size, the more opportunity for batteries. Our oven delay system means that your Everhot hot plate wakes up first, when solar power is low, and the ovens can be scheduled to heat up when more power is available.
A number of Everhot owners have kindly provided case studies detailing the installation and use of their solar panels. Each of the case studies detailed below shows how an Everhot integrates into the household energy use, and the overall energy mix of consumption from the grid and solar panel production. An Everhot's flexibility and versatility means that everyone can tailor their cooker to meet their needs and therefore the power consumed by the Everhot will differ from household to household. This may not correspond with our published consumption figures which are based on an Everhot being left on at temperature 24/7 and dropping into ECO mode overnight. In fact, you will notice that often the cooker is consuming less power over the course of the year than we state in our literature. This is due to owners not utilising all of their cooking zones over the warmer months. We have used the current 28ppkWh price cap for our electricity cost calculations. 

Case Studies

Case Study 1: Mr & Mrs Moseley, Malvern

Solar Panels: 12 Panels 4kW
Property Type: Detached House
Cooker Model: Everhot 120i

Case Study 2: Mr & Mrs Noble, Cornwall

Solar Panels: 12 panels 4.7kW
Property Type: 3 bedroom cottage
Cooker Model: Everhot 90i

Case Study 3: Jill Lemon

Solar Panels: 12 panels 4.7kW
Property Type: 5 Bedroom House
Cooker Model: Everhot 60

Case Study 4: Mr Frost

Solar Panels: 18 Panels (4.59kWh)
Property Type: 4 Bedroom House
Cooker Model: Everhot 110i

Case Study 5: Anna Kastanias Kirton

Solar Panels: 8 Panels (4.8kW)
Property Type: Two bed cottage
Cooker Model: Everhot 110i

Case Study 6: Mr and Mrs Gee

Solar Panels: 13kW
Property Type: 5 bedroom house
Cooker Model: Everhot 150i and Stove

Case Study 7: Mr and Mrs Kirrage

Solar Panels: 4kW, no battery
Property Type: Four bedroom house
Cooker Model: Everhot 150i

Case Study 8: Mr and Mrs Spalding

Solar Panels: 7.5kW
Property Type: Four bedroom house
Cooker Model: Everhot 100i