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Why winter may mean that you need to get a replacement boiler, by Abbie Clarke

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Abbie Clarke
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December 2, 2013
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Winter has crept up on us in the UK. The cold winds and downpours were inevitable, and now the snow has begun to sprinkle its flakes across the country. The change in temperature presents us with a time of year when we need to look at how we heat ours homes, to ensure energy bills are at their lowest possible cost. One area of this that people may not consider, but which can make a big difference to cost savings, is getting a replacement boiler.

Why should I get a replacement boiler?

First and foremost, it’s worth noting that boilers account for approximately 55% of your yearly energy bills – so having one that works efficiently is vital. That is why any household with a boiler more than 15 years old would benefit from a replacement boiler, as modern models work to recover more heat. Cost savings you can make when getting an A-rated, high-efficiency condensing boiler are:

·         To replace G-rated boiler: £300

·         To replace F-rated boiler: £200

·         To replace E-rated boiler: £150

·         To replace D-rated boiler: £105

How much does it cost?

Buying a new boiler will eventually lower your energy bills, but at a time when the average cost of living is disproportionate to the average wage, a £1,000-£3,000 chunk of money going out of your bank account is not always easy to do. And it is not only paying for the boiler – there is also the cost of installation. It’s therefore important that you carry out research and consider factors that could potentially bump up or even help to lower the price. Below are some factors to consider for installation:

·         Ensure boiler installer is Gas Safe registered. These gas engineers are registered to work on boilers safely and legally. Getting someone to do it on the cheap may seem like a good idea, but this can backfire.

·         If you are moving your boiler to a new location this will significantly increase the price of installation.

·         New pipes may need to be added to meet new legislation (this is often the case with old boilers).

·         Added pipework may also be needed if the new boiler runs on a different system to the old one.

·         For the installation of combi-boilers, you will need to pay for your old water storage tank to be removed.

·         Maintenance costs can come into play down the line.

How can I save money?

In the UK, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme aims to reduce the cost of heating a home for those on a low income. These grants are completely free, but an inspection is needed by a local installer. The new boiler will be A-rated to ensure maximum cost and energy savings. Qualifying factors include:

·         Existing boiler is over 10 years old and not a condensing boiler.

·         Home is heated by mains gas.

·         You are the home owner or a private tenant.

·         You currently receive a qualifying benefit, such as pension credit or child tax credit when the household income is less than £15,860.

·         There are other qualifying factors that need to be accompanied by an additional component. For example, you would need to be getting income support and have a child under 16, or be receiving working tax credit and be over 60 years old.

How to get the most out of your new boiler and save money

Once you get a new boiler there are certain things that you can do to make sure that you are making the most of potential cost savings:

·         Getting annual maintenance on your boiler to ensure it is running efficiently.

·         Getting to know the heating controls as you are often able to control of the times and days of the week when the heating is on or off.

·         Making sure there are no draughts getting into the house.

·         Zone heating to rooms where it’s needed the most.

·         Only having the heating on when you’re home.

This article is provided by Abbie Clarke from Find Energy Savings where there is more information on boiler grants and other home energy saving solutions.