Government Minister endorses the HHIC ‘Retro Boiler’ label scheme

Government Minister endorses the HHIC ‘Retro Boiler’ label scheme

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Government Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BIES) has endorsed the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council’s (HHIC) ‘Retro Boiler’ label scheme, which was recently launched.

The scheme will see registered gas engineers issue an energy efficiency label, a ‘Retro Boiler’ label, on all non-condensing boilers with a permanent pilot light, when visiting homes to undertake servicing or maintenance work.

The aim is to increase consumer awareness of boiler efficiency, in particular the performance of their own boiler. In turn, it is hoped that this will result in inefficient and costly boilers being replaced with more efficient models.

Baroness Neville Rolfe said; “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 into our vision of ensuring that the UK has a reliable, low cost and clean energy system.”

Stewart Clements, Director of the HHIC, said; “HHIC estimates that there are approximately nine million inefficient boilers in the UK. A large proportion of these are over 20 years old and would be classed as ‘zombie boilers’ – boilers with old technology that never seem to die, yet remain highly inefficient – costing homeowners in terms of higher bills, the planet in terms of higher carbon dioxide emissions and are a contributor to poor air quality, particularly compared to a modern condensing boiler.

“A growing number of consumer electrical products such as washing machines, fridges and vacuum cleaners feature an energy label, which helps consumers to quickly assess how energy efficient their appliances are, and therefore how much it will cost to operate. The heating industry recognised this and under the ‘Retro Boiler’ label scheme we will be providing a similar label for older inefficient models.

“A boiler label scheme has been operated very successfully in Germany and we believe that it could have a similar impact in the UK. Replacing a Band E or below boiler with an A rated boiler could see gas bills reduced by approximately £150 per year and a saving of 0.7 tonnes of CO2 each year for the typical UK household.”

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