Looking to save money on your heating bills?
The biggest energy use in your home is usually heating and hot water with space heating accounting for 50% of your home energy use and hot water being a further 25%.
Current building regulations state that any new or replacement boiler should be a condensing boiler. Older boilers convert as little as 60% or less into useful heat for your house which will have a big impact on your heating bills and the environment.
As Accredited Worcester Bosch Installers, we specialise in the installation of condensing boilers and renewable products from Worcester Bosch and are able to offer long term warranty promotions which are only available to accredited installers.
Utilising the most up to date technology, condensing boilers improve energy efficiency to over 90%. This could save you over 30% on your heating bills in the short term and over the longer term, considering the constant rise in energy prices, represent a huge saving on your fuel bills over the life of the boiler.
Alongside changing your old boiler you can further increase your savings by fitting other energy saving controls such as a room thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves and intelligent time controls which match the exact heat requirement by constantly measuring temperature change.
We have been fitting condensing boilers for over fifteen years, long before building regulations made it law. So if you are considering changing your old boiler for a more energy efficient one, please contact us for reliable and professional advice and guidance.
Boiler Plus Legislation
By now, you will have likely heard of Boiler Plus or Heat in Buildings, the Government’s latest policy to lower the country’s carbon emissions and help reach the targets agreed.
As the Government remains expected to meet the reduced targets for 2020, the most recent solution put forward by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is the Heat in Buildings policy, from which Boiler Plus is taken. The policy has been introduced as an achievable way of lowering emissions, and aims to increase energy efficiency and reduce household energy costs – all without the need to make drastic changes to our national grid or energy supply.
With its consultation period over, the verdict on Boiler Plus is in, so what will this mean for you?
The big change
The policy came into effect in April 2018, and will require any replacement gas-fired combi boiler in England to have a minimum efficiency of 92% ErP, which must be installed with time and temperature controls. Additionally, to help further maximise the system’s efficiency, one of the following four options must also be included as part of the installation.
- Load compensation
- Weather compensation
- Flue gas heat recovery device
- Smart thermostat with automation and optimisation.
Spread the word
In order to help enforce the new legislation, growing public awareness of these requirements can be expected through word of mouth, social media, and initiatives such as Gas Safety Week and the newly-proposed Gas Safe Benchmark Scheme.
A step in the right direction
As with any new legislation, Boiler Plus represents a mixture of opportunities and challenges for installers, and there’s still plenty of scope for the policy to be expanded further. While other aspects of heating installations – such as hydraulic balancing, the installation of individual thermostatic radiator controls, and system filters – have been left out of this policy, it’s important to note that these continue to be discussed and may come into force in the future.