Just a week or so after the government launched its retro boiler label scheme – where registered gas engineers issue appliances with an energy efficiency label on all non-condensing boilers that have a permanent pilot light – the initiative has been dubbed a great success.
The scheme is supported by the likes of Baroness Neville-Rolfe, minister of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who said that the move will help people to optimise heating at home and help make sure that the UK has a low cost, reliable and clean energy system.
The aim is to help raise awareness of boiler efficiency among householders, particularly where their own boilers are concerned. It’s hoped that the move will see costly and inefficient boilers replaced with more efficient ones.
Director of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) Stewart Clements said: “HHIC estimate that there are approximately nine million inefficient boilers in the UK. A large proportion of these are over 20 years old and would be classed as ‘zombie boilers’ – boilers with old technology that never seem to die, yet remain highly inefficient, costing homeowners in terms of higher bills, the planet in terms of higher carbon dioxide emissions and a contributor to poor air quality compared to a modern condensing boiler.”
He went on to add that Germany has been operating a boiler label scheme successfully for some time and this roll-out could have a similar impact here in the UK. People could actually reduce their gas bills by around £150 a year if they change their Band E boiler for an A-rated one, for example.
Heating engineer at AC Wilgar Gary Wright made further comments, saying that the first time he issued one of the boiler labels he discovered that his customer had in fact no idea that boilers came with different efficiencies – something that is apparently not uncommon.
Those of you considering swapping your old boiler for a new one in a bid to save cash could also do so by turning your central heating down by just a single degree. HHIC figures show that doing this could see your heating bills reduced by as much as ten per cent.
Bear in mind when swapping out your boiler for a new model that Building Regulations suggest that you upgrade the rest of the system as well to make sure that the storage cylinder complies with British standards. The system controls should also be upgraded so time and temperature control are included, and you’d be wise to clean and flush the entire system before the new boiler is installed.
Don’t be tempted to do these jobs yourself unless you have the necessary skills, experience and qualifications. A qualified Gas Registered engineer should always be called out so you know the job has been done correctly. For boiler repairs in Preston, get in touch with us at Home Services Assistance today.