News: Helping hand for 'green' homeowners'

Wed, 10 Oct 07

Homeowners can now request a free A-G energy rating for their boiler with advice to help cut fuel bills, when the engineer visits...

Heating and hot water bills are the biggest energy costs households face each month, yet many people are unaware the average boiler is 'E' rated and could produce over 50 per cent more heat - making the recommended improvements could cut fuel bills by hundreds of pounds and reduce carbon emissions.

The energy assessment includes a checklist of efficiency improvements. For example, a family could save nearly £100 a year just by taking a few a simple steps like getting a 75mm water cylinder jacket, installing heating controls and insulating the hot water pipes.

Longer term measures such as changing from a low G rated boiler to an A rated one could save over £200 a year and cut up to 2.7 tonnes of carbon off a household's carbon footprint.

Eco friendly winter warmer

The Government has introduced free energy ratings for boilers in time for people to carry out their annual maintenance check before winter sets in, as part of its wider drive to help consumers make their homes more environmentally efficient.

Communities Minister, Iain Wright said: "With winter heating bills just around the corner now is the perfect time to get a maintenance check on your boiler. Today the Government has introduced an 'eco' friendly winter warmer for consumers - this new energy assessment for boilers will help households cut their fuel bills and carbon footprint too.

"So this autumn when the engineer visits ask him to check your boiler so you can see how efficient it is and what improvements and savings you could make.

According to the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council there are still around 4 million old, very inefficient boilers in use in homes, most of which will still be operating in 2010. Replacing these would save two and half a million tonnes of C02 each year by 2010.

Committed to change

Ian  Wright added: Communities and Local Government is committed to changing the way we have been building our homes and communities so that their impact on the environment is reduced. We have already set out that we will create an eco town in every region by 2020 - which could provide up to 200,000 additional eco-homes.

“Last year the Government introduced the zero carbon standard which Eco-towns would have to reach - most new zero carbons homes will also be exempt from stamp duty. In addition energy performance certificates, which are being rolled out as part of Home Information Packs, will now give people buying or selling their property an A-G energy rating for the whole home.

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