To be honest, if you’re not having a new boiler anytime soon and you’re not a gas engineer, then you probably have no idea that a new law came into play in April this year.
It’s a new directive called Boiler Plus introduced by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on 6 April 2018. In a bid to meet the UK’s carbon emissions target by 2020, the main plan of the new ruling is to phase out inefficient boilers, which is not a bad thing, to be fair. It forms part of a wider plan known as the Clean Growth Strategy which aims to combat climate change and provide UK with warmer homes and lower energy bills.
What does Boiler Plus mean for you?
There are three areas of change for new gas, LPG and oil boiler installations:
The good news is that manufacturers are now required by law to produce boilers that have an ErP (Energy Related Product) rating of 92%, in other words all new boilers must have a minimum efficiency of 92%. That’s great news for your pocket. If, for example, your boiler is only 85% efficient, that means that 15% of the fuel used by the boiler is wasted which in turn means that for every £1 you spend on heating your home, you can wave goodbye to 15p.
This ErP rating applies to all residential as well as commercial heating products across Europe.
2. Time and temperature controls
Whilst most homes already have these, controls are now a legal requirement for all new gas and oil boiler installations. Again, this is not a bad thing as the right controls on your heating system will allow you to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without wasting fuel, heat and money. Rather than heating the whole house at the same temperature, it can allow you to split your house into zones so that you can select areas of your home to heat, as well as setting the required temperature for each room or zone for specific times of the day.
3. Combi boiler installations
In addition to the above, the installation of new combi boilers must also include one of the following energy efficient devices:
Can I be fined for not complying with Boiler Plus?
While ErP labelling is the responsibility of manufacturers and retailers, Boiler Plus also requires consumers to be accountable. Homeowners are required to comply with Building Regulations and anyone who knowingly allows a non-compliant boiler to be installed could face prosecution and fines of up to £5,000.
I need a new boiler, what shall I do?
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