Retrospective Boiler Labelling
Registered gas engineers and boiler manufacturers have joined forces to launch the ‘Retro Boiler’ label aimed at tackling the UK’s 9 million inefficient boilers.
The scheme will see registered gas engineers issue an energy efficiency label, a ‘retro boiler’ label, on all noncondensing boilers with a permanent pilot light, when visiting homes to undertake servicing or maintenance work. The voluntary scheme offers an opportunity to start the energy efficiency conversation with consumers.
The FREE labels are available from most boiler manufacturers.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Government Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS has endorsed the scheme saying;
“This is a fine example of the collaboration and initiative that makes the UK gas boiler market one of the largest and most valuable in the world. Helping consumers to optimise their household heating fits perfectly our vision of ensuring that the UK has a reliable, low cost and clean energy system.”
Background to energy efficiency
A growing number of consumer electrical products such as washing machines, fridges and vacuum cleaners are required to meet minimum energy efficiency standards in order to help reduce energy consumption in Europe by 20 per cent by 2020. These products feature a multi-coloured label – the ‘EU energy label’ – similar to the one that your washing machine might carry. The label helps consumers to quickly assess how energy efficient their appliances are.
The Government has estimated that by 2020, the annual net savings to the UK economy resulting from these standards and labels will be in excess of £850 million per year, with reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 7 million tonnes per year.
From 26 September 2015, mandatory energy labelling was extended to all domestic and commercial heat generators, water heaters and hot water storage products, and associated products sold within the EU, with an output less than or equal to 400kw.
The new regulations place obligations on manufacturers to ensure that any products placed on the market from September 2015 meet the minimum performance requirements and have an energy label.
This does not, however, address the efficiency of the 23 million existing boilers in UK homes.
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