The UK Government is applying a new set of regulations starting at April of 2018. These new regulations will affect boiler installations across the country, will adhere to the advantages of high efficiency boilers, demanding a higher standard of energy efficiency, compared to any that has come before.
Data from the UK’s Energy Saving Trust says that gas-fired heating accounting for an average of 60% of the amount of spending UK homes spend on energy bills. This means that these new regulations, aimed at bringing the advantages of high efficiency boilers to everyone, by demanding more efficiency measures on boilers, will cut down on costs for homes across the UK.
Starting from April 2018, all boilers installed across the UK must have an ErP efficiency rating minimum of 92%. This standard is notable due to the fact that approximately a third of all boilers available on the market not meeting this standard.
The new regulation plan is dubbed Boiler Plus, and asks not only higher minimum efficiency ratings, but also that boiler installations come with built-in thermostats and program timers in order to allow for effective heating control. Both of these have been present in a lot of homes, but only now does it become a legal requirement.
There are four additional energy-saving measures that are part of the new regulations, with Boiler Plus requiring at least one of them. They are as follows:
- Flue gas heat recovery systems
- An addition to boilers that reuses heat from them that would be waste otherwise, with data suggesting a cut on gas by 4%. Most new boilers have this tech built-in, so it won’t really cost much. It’s still a good idea for anyone getting a boiler installed to check for this system.
- Load compensating thermostat
- This addition adjust radiator temperature based on the temperature in the home, meaning they only spend the energy they need. These usually cost about £25-30, which is not really big compared to the cost of a new boiler. This system is best for the people who leave their heating on for long spells.
- Weather compensating thermostat
- Similar to the above, but these react to external weather conditions. The costs, the savings and operations are pretty much the same. It’s simply a matter of preference.
- Smart thermostat
- These thermostats can be connected to a tablet or smartphone, allowing for them to be controlled remotely. They have the same function and cost as the regular programmable thermostat, but they’re useful for those that constantly check their home and want to make adjustments.