Energy Efficiency at Home is More than Just a New Boiler

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According to Blane Judd, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), energy efficiency in the home does not merely require a new boiler installation.

We advise that homeowners looking into the possibility of a boiler replacement should consider incorporating solar panels into their homes at the same time. The savings that homeowners can make on heating bills by using solar power in conjunction with an

Although it is commonly accepted that upgrading an old, inefficient boiler to a new model is likely to result in substantial savings in terms of energy bills and carbon emissions, installing a new boiler is only a small step towards achieving a more energy efficient home. Mr Judd explained that, in order to extract the full benefits from a new boiler installation, it is necessary to ensure that the plumbing is well maintained.

Mr Judd said: "If somebody puts a new boiler on to an existing system and they don't flush the system through properly and they don't add the additive, then an A-rated condensing boiler very quickly becomes a B-rated boiler". Mr Judd's comments are unlikely to surprise the many experienced and well-trained gas engineers in the UK; however, they should prompt customers to interact more with engineers whenever an installation is carried out. The gas engineer who fails to address the plumbing when installing a new boiler will ultimately cost the homeowner money, as the new boiler would not run as efficiently as it ought to and would, therefore, consume more energy.

Homeowners who are unsure of the benefits that can be derived from installing a new A-rated boiler only need to look to official documentation on the subject, as the UK Government estimates that over £200 on average can be shaved off energy bills each year by upgrading from an E-rated boiler to an A-rated central heating system. Consumers, however, fear that it would take too many years before a return on investment could be noticed - an argument that is not shared by Mr Judd and many others in the business. Improving the energy efficiency of a home is not a one stage process. Various tasks can be undertaken to improve the overall efficiency of a home, including the installation of solar water heating, double glazing (or even triple glazing), loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.

Founder of Boiler Guide David Holmes, added: “We advise that homeowners looking into the possibility of a boiler replacement should consider incorporating solar panels into their homes at the same time. The savings that homeowners can make on heating bills by using solar power in conjunction with an efficient condensing boiler will result in them saving money immediately and, going against some misconceptions, can be used all year round.

“When coupled with the fact that solar panels add a great deal more value to the property, the installation of solar panels is a really positive investment.”

Boiler Guide lists hundreds of Heating Engineers from all over the UK, helping homeowners to find engineers that can offer quotes for any maintenance or installation tasks that they need completing.

For more information, please visit http://www.boilerguide.co.uk.

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