British Gas Offering an Additional £100 Off Gas Boiler Installation

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The New Year may have brought new beginnings, but the UK is still fighting to escape the grip of a record winter freeze. December 2010 was the coldest on record since 1890, sending the cost of household heating soaring. The charity National Energy Action (NEA) estimates that for every degree below the seasonal norm, we spend an extra 29p to heat our homes.

British Gas offer £100 off gas boiler installation

British Gas are encouraging new and existing customers to offset the cost rises of the freezing weather by replacing boilers over 10 years old with a new A rated boiler. The latest boiler technology offers a 90% increase in rated efficiency, meaning that upgrading your G-rated boiler should see your household heating bill drop by about a quarter, an average saving of £225 a year.

With the price of an A rated boiler and install at its lowest since 2008, British Gas are also offering further money-saving incentives to make the switch. Alongside a £50 online discount, until the 28th February customers can also take benefit of an extra £100 off a new boiler. Flexible payment options are on offer to help spread the cost of your upgrade and all new boilers also come with 1 year free insurance with British Gas HomeCare.

There’s never been a better time to invest in an A rated boiler, but will a conventional, combination or dual energy system best suit your household?

Ecogen – Dual Energy System converts heat into cheap electricity
Ecogen can generate up to 46% of your electricity needs, producing enough electricity per hour to power ten 20W light bulbs, your TV, computer and washing machine. The government are also offering extra incentives to invest in an Ecogen boiler; the Feed-in-Tariff pays you 10p for every kW of electricity the boiler generates and an additional 3p per kW for any unused that you feed back to the national grid.
Considerations: Dual Energy Systems are currently suited to larger homes, however if you have a smaller home with an attached garage or other suitable installation location then an Ecogen boiler could be the right choice for your household.

Condensing Combination Boiler
Combination boilers are economical to run and are able to produce an endless supply of hot water to a busy household, delivering hot water at the same speed as your cold taps. As the Combi boiler heats water directly from the mains, there is no need to wait for a storage cylinder to heat up, meaning you won’t run out of hot water. There’s also no need for a cold water storage tank, meaning a Combination boiler is perfect for households limited on space.

Considerations: The hot water flow from a Combi boiler is dependant on mains pressure and may be limited if other taps are running at the same time.

Condensing Conventional Boiler
A Conventional boiler system has two water tanks in the loft, a large ‘cold water storage tank’, drawing water from the cold water mains to refill, and a small ‘feed and expansion tank’. Water from the storage tank feeds cold water down to the cylinder, normally in the airing cupboard, which is then heated by the condensing central heating boiler to convert cold water to hot. The instant and fast flow of hot water is one of the main advantages of a Conventional boiler, alongside the use of an airing cupboard and backup electric hot water heating.

Considerations: The two tanks required for a Conventional boiler take up extra space and there is a limited amount of hot water produced at one time by the cylinder.

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