Energy efficient heating controls should also be installed when replacing a boiler, MPs believe


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The majority of MPs believe that energy efficient heating controls should also be installed when boilers are replaced, figures from a recent survey by the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) have been able to reveal.

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has been campaigning for heating controls to be recognised as an important factor in driving down energy bills and maximising the benefit of having a new boiler fitted.

The group also argued that, while there are over 1.5 million new boilers fitted each year, and it is estimated that 70% of homes do not have the minimum heating controls installed that are specified in Building Regulations.

EUA chief executive Mike Foster said: “It should be mandatory for a full set of heating controls to be fitted when a boiler is replaced. It is the ideal time to add these to the existing heating system of a home and maximise the savings the consumer will make.

“All government-supported schemes like the Green Deal and ECO should encourage this approach. MPs overwhelmingly support the measure and the government needs to show leadership on this.

“New smart controls make an even bigger impact by allowing the boiler to react automatically to outside temperatures, which all helps to keep bills down. Recognising the merits of these controls and encouraging their use would be a positive step.”

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