Energy Efficient Boilers
An energy efficient appliance should be able to carry out the same task whilst using less energy to do it. Energy efficient boilers do just that, performing the same job as your current heating system but using less fuel – reducing bills and co2 emissions as a result. We took a look at some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding energy efficient boilers.
How Can a New Boiler Improve my Homes Energy Efficiency?
According to the Energy Saving Trust, boilers account for 55 percent of what we spend each year on energy bills so a more efficient boiler really does make a big difference! Older boiler models are generally far less efficient than new condensing models. This is because new condensing boilers have larger heat exchangers, meaning they recover more heat that would have otherwise been lost through the flue.
By installing a new boiler you are reducing the amount of energy needed to heat your home, thus being more efficient.
How Much Can I Save With a New Energy Efficient Boiler?
This depends on the kind of boiler you have now and the type you will be replacing it with. The Energy Saving Trust suggests that you could save around £305 a year by replacing a G rated boiler with an A rated one (along with a set of heating controls)*.
Installing a new boiler is just one of the ways you can make your home more energy efficient and reduce your heating bills. Insulation is a great option to consider alongside a new boiler, as it will reduce the amount of heat lost from your home, meaning your boiler won’t have to work as hard or be used as much to keep your property warm.
How Can I Tell if a Boiler is Energy Efficient?
Boilers and many other home heating products are awarded a rating to make it easy to identify how energy efficient they are. The rating system currently used is SEDBUK, which stands for Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK. Under these guidelines all boilers fitted in the UK need to meet a certain level of energy efficiency and a rating between A (most efficient) and G (least efficient) is given.
After 26 September 2015 a new rating system called the Energy related Products (ErP) Directive came into play and replaced SEDBUK. This new directive means heating products must meet even higher energy efficiency standards and will be rated on a scale from A+++ to G.
One part of the new ErP directive, Ecodesign, will help to reduce the number of low efficiency heating products on the market and non-condensing boilers will be gradually phased out over time.
If you do decide to have a new energy efficient boiler installed, you can save money on the cost of installation by comparing quotes from different installers. We can provide you with 3 free, no obligation quotes from installers in your area – just fill out this form.
*Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/boiler-replacement. Figures based on installing a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls (TRVs) in a gas-heated home from an older boiler with a programmer and room thermostat. Based on fuel prices as of April 2018 for a detached house.