The 'Retro Boiler' Label is "a great way to start the energy efficiency conversation" – Says HHIC

It’s been one week since the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), together with the boiler manufacturers, launched the ‘Retro Boiler’ Label.
The scheme aims to tackle the UK’s 9 million inefficient boilers by raising awareness of boiler efficiency with consumers. In turn, it is hoped that this will result in inefficient and costly boilers being replaced with more efficient models.
Registered gas engineers are now issuing 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 labels are available free of charge from most boiler manufacturers.
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Stewart Clements, Director at HHIC said: “The scheme has been incredibly well received by registered gas engineers, as it offers them an easy and clear way to introduce boiler efficiency to their customers. Energy labels currently appear on a multitude of electrical products including washing machines and fridges so consumers are used to seeing them and this new label aims to build on this knowledge.”
Gary Wright, Heating Engineer at AC Wilgar said: “On issuing my first ‘Retro Boiler’ label the customer had no clue that boilers had various efficiencies. This isn’t uncommon. Many people I visit are often unaware of how much they could save by upgrading their boiler. These labels are a great way to start the energy efficiency conversation with customers.”
The ‘Retro Boiler’ Label scheme has attracted support from Government with Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Government Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, saying that ‘helping consumers to optimise their household heating fits perfectly our vision of ensuring that the UK has a reliable, low cost and clean energy system.’
But the scheme is getting mixed reviews online, with some installers worried about the effect it will have on elderly customers, while others claim they have enough paperwork as it it.
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